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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2011
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one, as was the case Saturday afternoon when a pilot emerged unhurt from an emergency landing at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. "He did a real good job of it. He didn't panic," said Gary Stoner, who works for Ryder Jet Center.  The nose wheel of the single-engine Cessna did not come down, but the pilot was able to keep the plane's nose up until the speed decreased and the prop hit the runway, he said. The plane sustained damage to the prop and undercarriage and was quickly towed from Runway 2-20, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said.
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April 26, 1997
A Cessna 150 on a sightseeing flight over Hagerstown landed safely in a field off Castle Hill Road just before 10 a.m. Friday when the pilot reported a power problem. "The landing was purely precautionary," said Carolyn Motz, manager of the Washington County Regional Airport. Washington County sheriff's deputies identified the pilot as Bradley Roberson of 2 W. Irvin Ave., Hagerstown, and a passenger as Thomas Edward Hams III of 20341 Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown. No one was hurt and the plane wasn't damaged, Motz said.
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April 19, 2005
FREDERICK, Md. - An aircraft that was having engine difficulties was forced to make an emergency landing in a field northwest of Frederick's border Monday, according to Maryland State Police. Sgt. Ira Click said the pilot, whose name was not released, sent a radio transmission that he was having engine difficulties stemming from a lack of fuel while flying over Frederick County. Click said troopers were dispatched to look for the plane, which made an emergency landing in a field off Bethel Road just after 4:30 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene, troopers found the plane in tact and the pilot, who was alone, without injury, Click said.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | July 13, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Approximately 20 members of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard were injured Saturday when their plane encountered severe turbulence off the East Coast as they were returning to base in Martinsburg, a unit spokesman said. The plane made an emergency landing at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va., around 1 p.m., Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver said. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Sencindiver said.
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August 3, 2008
Seven members of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command have died on duty in three helicopter and one fixed-wing crash. There have been no fatalities since 1986. Those who gave their lives include: · Trooper 1st Class Arthur W. Plummer Jr., who died April 9, 1961. He was killed in a plane crash while attempting to take off from Assateague Island after locating an individual. He was 36. · Trooper 1st Class Thomas A. Noyle and Trooper 1st Class Phillip L. Russ died Oct. 28, 1972.
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By AMY WALLAUER | April 13, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Charles Town, W.Va., student pilot was safe at home Sunday after making an emergency landing on Saturday in a field near the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport. West Virginia State Police said Duane Melius, 40, was flying from Winchester, Va., to the municipal airport near Martinsburg at about 9:50 p.m. when he had to land. John Collins, chief flight instructor at Aero-Smith Inc., was watching his student Saturday night from the airport. "I was a little concerned," Collins said Sunday.
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June 14, 1999
By BRYN MICKLE / Staff Writer, Martinsburg photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Virginia man walked away unscathed Monday afternoon after the experimental plane he was flying crashed behind an airplane hangar at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport. [cont. from news page ] John Morgan Prendergast, 59, of Sterling, Va., was flying a single-engine plane with a top-mounted propeller about 3:30 p.m. Monday when the engine cut out near the Sino Swearingen production facility at the airport, police said.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 7, 2011
Dave Dehaven of Hagerstown said he just wanted to watch a bit of history on Tuesday. "This is something that we probably won't ever see again in our lifetime," he said. Dehaven parked in the emergency lane at the Greencastle Pike (Md. 63) exit of Interstate 70 to watch as the fuselage of US Airways Flight 1549 was driven down westsbound I-70 on the back of a truck. Luckily for Dehaven, the truck actually stopped at Greencastle Pike and he was able to get a longer look.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2011
The windows of Winter Street Elementary School steamed up as little noses pressed against the glass to watch a U.S. Department of Homeland Security helicopter land on the playground Friday afternoon. The helicopter wasn't there as a matter of national security, or to make an emergency landing, but as part of the Hagerstown school's annual Career Day. Principal Matt Semler said the event is held to expose students to potential career paths, including firefighting, journalism and plumbing.
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By DON AINES and CALEB CALHOUN | dona@herald-mail.com and caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 8, 2011
About 40 people pressed their faces and cameras against the chain link fence on the Appalachian Trail footbridge over Interstate 70 late Tuesday morning to see a piece of aviation history pass beneath their feet. Traveling considerably slower than its old cruising speed of about 500 mph, the Airbus A320 that was US Airways Flight 1549 chugged up the mountain sans wings and tail, a 120-foot aluminum cylinder that two years ago captured the attention of the world when it made an emergency landing in theHudson River.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | June 7, 2011
Dave Dehaven of Hagerstown said he just wanted to watch a bit of history on Tuesday. "This is something that we probably won't ever see again in our lifetime," he said. Dehaven parked in the emergency lane at the Greencastle Pike (Md. 63) exit of Interstate 70 to watch as the fuselage of US Airways Flight 1549 was driven down westsbound I-70 on the back of a truck. Luckily for Dehaven, the truck actually stopped at Greencastle Pike and he was able to get a longer look.
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By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 6, 2011
The windows of Winter Street Elementary School steamed up as little noses pressed against the glass to watch a U.S. Department of Homeland Security helicopter land on the playground Friday afternoon. The helicopter wasn't there as a matter of national security, or to make an emergency landing, but as part of the Hagerstown school's annual Career Day. Principal Matt Semler said the event is held to expose students to potential career paths, including firefighting, journalism and plumbing.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2011
Any landing you can walk away from is a good one, as was the case Saturday afternoon when a pilot emerged unhurt from an emergency landing at the Hagerstown Regional Airport. "He did a real good job of it. He didn't panic," said Gary Stoner, who works for Ryder Jet Center.  The nose wheel of the single-engine Cessna did not come down, but the pilot was able to keep the plane's nose up until the speed decreased and the prop hit the runway, he said. The plane sustained damage to the prop and undercarriage and was quickly towed from Runway 2-20, Airport Director Phil Ridenour said.
NEWS
August 3, 2008
Seven members of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command have died on duty in three helicopter and one fixed-wing crash. There have been no fatalities since 1986. Those who gave their lives include: · Trooper 1st Class Arthur W. Plummer Jr., who died April 9, 1961. He was killed in a plane crash while attempting to take off from Assateague Island after locating an individual. He was 36. · Trooper 1st Class Thomas A. Noyle and Trooper 1st Class Phillip L. Russ died Oct. 28, 1972.
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By ROBERT GARY | August 4, 2007
The V-22 Osprey helicopter is not ready for prime time in Iraq, for three reasons. The side-by-side position of the rotors can cause the air that's being pushed down to circulate back up under the rotor so that lift is lost. This aerodynamic issue is simply built in to the whole design of the V-22 Osprey. It's called vortex ring state. It can be counteracted by some very fancy piloting, but it can't be designed out - it's not fixable, like the hydraulic problems, the fuel leak issues and the nose wheel defects.
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April 19, 2005
FREDERICK, Md. - An aircraft that was having engine difficulties was forced to make an emergency landing in a field northwest of Frederick's border Monday, according to Maryland State Police. Sgt. Ira Click said the pilot, whose name was not released, sent a radio transmission that he was having engine difficulties stemming from a lack of fuel while flying over Frederick County. Click said troopers were dispatched to look for the plane, which made an emergency landing in a field off Bethel Road just after 4:30 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene, troopers found the plane in tact and the pilot, who was alone, without injury, Click said.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | February 20, 2005
julieg@herald-mail.com Five people escaped uninjured Saturday after a pilot landed a twin-engine Cessna at Hagerstown Regional Airport with one of the main landing gear up, Airport Fire Chief Phil Ridenour said. "He did a real good job," Ridenour said of the pilot, whose name he did not have. The plane was owned by a Baltimore man, he said. The plane was heading from Baltimore to Allentown, Pa., when the pilot realized all of the main landing gear was not down, Ridenour said.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | July 16, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Four Air National Guard members injured when their plane hit turbulence Saturday over the Atlantic Ocean returned home Tuesday morning, while one soldier remained hospitalized in Virginia. Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver, a base official with Martinsburg's 167th Airlift Wing, said the soldiers who came home were in pain and needed to be assisted off the plane. "I could tell some of them were still shaken as they re-lived the encounter," he said.
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by JULIE E. GREENE | July 13, 2003
julieg@herald-mail.com Approximately 20 members of the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard were injured Saturday when their plane encountered severe turbulence off the East Coast as they were returning to base in Martinsburg, a unit spokesman said. The plane made an emergency landing at Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach, Va., around 1 p.m., Lt. Col. Roger Sencindiver said. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Sencindiver said.
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