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    clip and save this and give it to your doctor the next time he tells you that you need to get more exercise.


    Ga. man running on beach was killed by plane on Hilton Head; pilot is from Chesapeake, Va.
    Published Tuesday, March 16, 2010

    A Georgia man was running and listening to his iPod on the beach on Hilton Head Island when he was struck and killed by an airplane that made an emergency landing Monday near Palmetto Dunes, the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office said today.

    The victim was identified as Robert Gary Jones, 38, of Woodstock, Ga. Authorities say he probably did not see or hear the plane coming down because it had no power.

    The victim’s neighbor in Woodstock, who asked not to be identified, said Jones was a pharmaceutical sales representative who was on a business trip on Hilton Head. The man said Jones, who traveled frequently for his work, was a loving family man who leaves a wife, a 5-year-old son and a daughter whose third birthday is today.

    “He loved his family. He loved the beach. He loved being fit,” according to the neighbor, who played golf with Jones. “The way the accident happened is just unbelievable.”

    The single-engine airplane made an emergency landing near Palmetto Dunes at about 6:10 p.m. Monday. The pilot was Edward Smith, 62, of Chesapeake, Va., according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report.

    The plane experienced engine trouble over the water about an hour and a half after leaving Orlando Executive Airport in Florida, bound for Norfolk, Va. The aircraft was flying at about 13,000 feet when air traffic controllers told the pilot to land at Hilton Head Island Airport.

    But before Smith and his passenger, who has not been identified, reached the island, oil began to leak onto the windshield, blocking their vision, said Joheida Fister, Hilton Head Island Fire and Rescue Division spokeswoman.

    The plane’s propeller came off. The men decided to make an emergency landing on the beach, she said. They were not injured.

    The plane — a fixed-wing Lancair IV-P — is registered to Smith, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The men were taken from the scene to the Sheriff’s Office, and arrangements were to have been made for them to stay in the area to speak to investigators, Fister said.

    Kathleen Bergen, a spokeswoman for the FAA’s Atlanta regional office, said the pilot reported a problem with the aircraft to an air traffic facility in Hilliard, Fla. Air traffic controllers handed the pilot off to the Marine Corps Approach Control Center in Beaufort, where he was directed to land at Hilton Head Island Airport, according to Bergen.

    The landing occurred north of the Hilton Head Marriott Resort and Spa at Palmetto Dunes near Armada Street, about three miles from the island’s airport.

    Flight records show the plane left Orlando Executive Airport at 4:45 p.m. and was to arrive at Hampton Roads Executive Airport at 7:38 p.m. The plane flew from Hampton Roads to Orlando Executive early Monday morning, departing at 6:55 a.m. and arriving in Florida at about 9:30 a.m.

    Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are on the scene today, and the plane is being removed. A crane is lifting the plane to place it onto a truck to be hauled off.

    The NTSB will lead the investigation and determine the probable cause of the crash, Bergen said.

    Patrick Murphy, manager of the Dunes House, a beachside bar and restaurant, was working at the time of the crash. “It was obvious that the engine had gone out because there was no sound — it was like a glider,” he said. “It was awful. A bunch of us called 911, and the fire department was here within five minutes.”

    For more on this story, return to islandpacket.com and beaufortgazette.com
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    She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

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    wow! You can't even go out for a morning jog without taking your life into your own hands.

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    why didn't the pilot lay on the horn?

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    There is one lesson from this thing: do not jog while listening to music. A car could also hit you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by billy007 View Post
    why didn't the pilot lay on the horn?

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    She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Dreamer View Post
    There is one lesson from this thing: do not jog while listening to music. A car could also hit you.
    Yep, one of the reasons I don't listen to music when outside.

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    There's a RUNway joke in there somewhere. "All too easy".

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    Thats one f'ed up way to go out. The freaking odds are better of winning the lottery for God's sake.

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    the pilot is a fitness buff and just wanted to give "props" to the runner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal1800 View Post
    Thats one f'ed up way to go out. The freaking odds are better of winning the lottery for God's sake.
    I know! I'm no lawyer and may have no idea what I'm talking about but.. on the surface, it would seem like a slam dunk of a lawsuit for the family. However, this tragedy is so f'd up, I almost think a jury wouldn't even know what to do with it. They would probably try to find fault with the plane, the pilots, the tower... The Defense would say the jogger was irresponsible to run with his headphones on. Ultimately, I think a jury would just conclude that it was such a freak accident and a CF that everyone would be found blameless.

    Any thoughts? I know I'm putting the cart way before the horse but I'm curious.

 

 

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