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Read this with extreme trepidation.
1. Johns medical was revoked by the FAA because of his two D.U.I. convictions. John should have not been in that airplane at all! Period!
The guy to see him alive last knew this because it was public knowledge, should have done something about it and keep John on the ground. What should he have done, you ask? Informed the tower and the FAA. The tower would have refused him clearance to take off which they should have in the first place. Again, his medical was revoked was public knowledge. You need a medical to legally fly in FAA controlled airspace. Period!
John's medical being revoke was on national news AND the evening T.V. news programs like Entertainment Tonight.
If the FAA knew he was in the air without another legal pilot on board, John would have been arrested when he landed, on the spot.
Also, I feel those two (tower and ground control guy) of the four people are just as responsible in his unnecessary death. The other two are the builder of the plane and the former owner are just as much to blame. I don't remember if the former owner was the builder on not, I can't remember. The builder did not locate the fuel selector in a convenient place, thus endangering the PIC. I hope the builder was sued for his stupidity!
2. A good, responsible pilot would never fly an unknown aircraft alone with just one hour of flight time and it was duel instruction flight time. I know he was not PIC (Pilot In Command) of that flight, so he could not legally log the flight. He would get a minimum of either 5 or 10 hours duel flight time with a qualified instructor. John was not an instructor or qualified to instruct.
3. A good, responsible pilot would never leave an air traffic control pattern with less that half full fuel tanks.
Your inviting an accident or incident and a pilot is trained to avoid this kind of trouble. John was asked if he wanted to top off his tanks before his flight, but he refused. That decision cost him his life.
4. A good, responsible pilot would never leave an airplanes gas tanks half empty due to condensation(water) A pilot should fill his gas tank right after a flight to reduce condensation forming in the tank. Water is an engine killer. A pilot killer too!
5. The only way to get a plane from point A to point B and that you are not legal fly is to get a ferry permit. The FAA issues said permits and they would not issue John one if he asked, because of his medical.
John was a good, responsible pilot until that day. I don't know what was on his mind on that day, nobody does, except that he was totally illegal flying said plane and he knew it. He had far too many hours not to know. He knew the FAA would catch up to him after that flight because each and every flight is logged at a controlled airport. His crash showed the FAA his POO.(Point Of Origin).
John had many ratings(sign offs to fly certain types of aircraft) and knew too damn well that he should not have been in that plane.
Unfortunately, he realized his mistake too late.
His father trained him to fly the Lear Jet doing things you should not do in a Lear Jet. That's the mark of a great instructor!
had his father lived, he would have kicked his a$$.
Pilot and plane safety is a pilots utmost priority! 'nuff said!
You DO NOT FLY otherwise.
I mean no disrespect to John or his family but you might understand why I feel this way about his unnecessary death.
Godspeed John Denver and Thank You for being in my life.
The back story I forgot until today.
In the summer of 1998, this same scenario was repeated here in Manchester/Boston airport when a BAE Hawker Hunter jet crashed on it's first flight after being reassembled. It took over twelve years to assemble it and I knew John knew about it's being here. The owner of the FBO, and the jet, Ed Stead and John were acquainted and John was invited to watch the maiden flight and was promised a ride in the jet. The test pilot was killed for running out of gas and overshooting the runway. It brought back memories of John's accident.
Ed Stead, FBO and Hunter owner, lost his business and family shortly after the crash. The pilots family sued and won a lawsuit for wrongful death suit against Stead and his business. This was a great loss to the flying community and a lot of people(celebrities) do not come to the area anymore and I don't see the traffic I use to. I miss that.
The fuel control(shut off valve) was located on the upper left shoulder of the pilots seat. If you reach up over your left shoulder, you tend to stretch your right foot out, pushing the right rudder peddle to the floor. This causes the plane to roll to the right and go down, straight down. In basic aeronautics there are three axis control, up and down are one,(pitch) left and right are another,(yaw) and (roll) control is the third( wings go up or down)Banking is the other name for it, roll control. The rudder can be used for roll control and is use to to assist the ailerons to turn the plane into a different direction.
The fuel control has three functions. Off. Left tank, Right tank. John was on either tank, ran out of fuel(not paying attention to his fuel supply, a deadly mistake) Tried to switch tanks, might have forgotten where the switch was, possibly may have panicked, remember he owned and flew six plus(?) airplanes, now seven. No two planes have the selector in the same location but usually it is on the left side of the cockpit where the pilot sits. He was at low altitude, ± 500 feet(fooling around, buzzing Clint Eastwood's home) the motor quit and he forgot a golden rule; Fly the plane first! IF you have the altitude, (he didn't), find your problem! Otherwise, FLY THE PLANE FIRST! He might have survived the landing if he remembered the rule. I hate to say this and not to sound mean but this accident was in the making due to Johni's incompetents.
It was total pilot error due to not being familiar with this plane.
I'm sorry but it's the truth and sad to say the FAA's determination.
Because the fuel is in the wings, you need to change over from one wing tank to the other every two hours to balance the the plane or the plane will turn in the direction of the heavier wing. Because John didn't have enough fuel in the the tank he was flying on and have time to switch tanks at such a low altitude, he crashed. Pilot error