My dad sold those guys airplanes and flew with them once upon a year. He said they really should not have been flying that airplane up there at those altitudes. The airplane was an older, slower plane and did not make a whole lot of power.
But if you gotta go, go out doing something you love.
My dads reference to that plane was not to fly that airplane at those altitudes. The plane was a 1953 Piper Tri-Pacer (before the Piper Cherokee). It was a 135hp engine, 4 seater that was like driving a Ford Festiva up the hills on I-70. The plane was slow, had a fixed gear and sure as hell did not have the juice to climb out of trouble.
Its very possible they got into some bumps or a wind shear that got them into trouble. My dad said they had plenty of seat time, but its very possible that they made some mistakes, just like being on the river. [/i]
As we paddled in to Gore about 11am today, we watched as a helicopter came off the river left wall at Gore rapid and flew up the canyon with a wrecked plane in tow underneath. Not a site you see everyday.
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