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Dragonfly Down in NE Sandhills

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There was a dragonfly that went down last Thursday in the sandhills in western Nebraska. It ended up in this guys front yard (but a front yard in that area could be 60 acres.)

 

It was fatal. It seems it would be pretty tough to do an off field landing in that rig.

 

http://www.knopnews2.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5465

Very sad to hear... :(


Phil Kriley

Cozy #1460

Chapter 13 - nose

Right wing done - working on right winglet.

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I waiting to hear exactly where the crash site was. He was flying from Minneapolis with a fuel stop at Valentine, NE. I'm thinking he had an emergency and was trying to make the grass strip at Arthur. It's rough land out there and a 30 ft difference in altitude would make it or break it.

 

He was a Highway Patrolman in AZ and had a strong reputation in the EAA chapter down there as well as with a local Dragonfly club.

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Got a little more info on this one from a review of the crash site. He made the fuel stop at Valentine, NE then started his next leg. About 30 min. into it he went down. It sounds like he lost his canopy:

All major airframe components were accounted for except for the canopy and frame. An extensive search of the area did not reveal any evidence of the canopy or frame whatsoever.

 

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