Comments for: UMaine fraternity brothers mourn Owls Head plane crash victims

Posted Nov. 17, 2012, at 6:40 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 19, 2012, at 9:54 a.m.

OWLS HEAD | The three men who died Friday in a plane crash at Knox County Regional Airport were members of a University of Maine fraternity, and their deaths have left the school — and the Greek community — in mourning, said Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student …

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  • Voice of Reason

    wow, so quickly do people jump to conclusion about the cause of an accident. Perhaps you both should apply for jobs at the NTSB since you know the probable cause of the accident already. Perhaps better, you both should wait until after the investigation before assuming. There are many scenarios that may have played out here.

    • “Turner is a licensed pilot that works out of the airport and was crossing the runway at that time,” the press release indicated. “Turner had just assisted in putting a plane away in a hangar across from the terminal. This was routine practice that occurs daily.”

      Good ole boys network just because they always do it doesn’t make it right.

      • Voice of Reason

        This Press Release says nothing. What radio calls were made by either party? Did the aircraft attempting to takeoff have the radio set to the correct frequency? Did the aircraft have its landing lights, position lights, and/or strobe lights on? Which runway was in use? Which runway were radio calls (if any) made regarding? All of these questions, and more, have not been answered so it is fruitless to make conclusions without all the available information.

        • Anonymous

          All true but no vehicle should ever cross a runway without visually checking for moving aircraft, on the ground or in the air. Furthermore, at an airport the size of Rockland vehicles crossing runways should never be “routine”. It should be the exception when no alternative option can be made available.

      • Anonymous

        yea ‘good ol’ boys network’ probably his buddies from back in college,at say a fraternity maybe.

  • Anonymous

    I belive the FAA has recorders running at all non-towered airports on the CTAF Unicom, so maybe that will help figure out what happened.

    • Anonymous

      No the FAA does not monitor CTAF frequencies at this airport. There is no regulation requiring radio communication at this airport. The collision avoidance technique is “see and be seen” which works if both parties adhere to it. Obviously this did not work here sadly for reasons we hopefully will know at some point.

    • Anonymous

      No they do not.

  • Anonymous

    Condolence to all family and friends of those involved in a horrific accident. Three intelligent men will not have the opportunity to maybe make a difference on the world. So tragic that young people are losing their lives just as they are truly beginning. So sad for all involved including the truck driver who I assume is grieving worst than anyone.

  • Anonymous

    Before coming to conclusions; why not wait for more information regarding this terrible accident? As far as monitoring goes, probably not. Phantom and Mike Wing are saying the same thing, I’ll be they don’t know each other, but I’ll also bet that they are pilots. That’s the only thing that I would dare to assume.

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. A good analysis and conclusion. (If you don’t know the rules and procedures don’t speculate . )

  • Mary Hynes

    so very sad, my prayers are with the families and friends of these three young men

  • Roy Gutfinski

    Driving a land vehicle across an active runway while aircraft are arriving or departing is INSANE!

    • Anonymous

      If you read the article, it states that this is a common practice when putting planes into & out of hangars.

  • Anonymous

    Very sad. My condolences to the families and all concerned.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the families….so sad!

  • “Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers and fellow Brazilians Lucas Bernardi, left, and Marcelo Rugini. Rugini, 24, of Muliterno, Rio Grande do Sul; fraternity president David Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass; and William “BJ” Hannigan, 24, of South Portland all died on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 in a plane crash in Owls Head.”

    I thought three people died in this crash not four?

  • Anonymous

    This airports “Routine Practice” just killed three young people. Maybe they should RETHINK their stupid “routine practice”

  • jeff williams

    100% guy driving truck and owner of airports fault. period

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