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Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby KlausNW » Wed May 11, 2016 3:00 pm

Pilot wet but unhurt in floatplane crash near Ketchikan

https://www.adn.com/article/20160511/pilot-wet-unhurt-floatplane-crash-near-ketchikan

An Illinois pilot was unharmed when his floatplane crashed on a lake roughly 20 miles north of Ketchikan Tuesday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers wrote in a dispatch late Tuesday that dispatchers received multiple calls at about 2:20 p.m. that the plane and its sole occupant, 58-year-old Billy Rusk of Poplar Grove, Ill., had crashed on Jordan Lake.

“Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (members) and a Temsco helicopter responded to Jordan Lake and recovered (Rusk) who was wet and cold but otherwise unhurt,” troopers wrote.

KVRS member Jerry Kiffer said that Rusk had been staying at a U.S. Forest Service cabin on nearby Heckman Lake, and was visiting a similar cabin on Jordan Lake at the time of the crash.

“The pilot made an approach and flipped the aircraft over on landing,” Kiffer said.

According to Kiffer, the area poses significant communications difficulties, but Rusk had been prepared for them.

“It’s very difficult to get word that there’s actually a problem from that lake,” Kiffer said. “He was able to utilize a personal locator beacon that had texting capabilities -- his family had been following him.”

Rusk was flown to the nearby Heckman Lake cabin where KVRS medics were on standby, and then to Ketchikan. He declined medical attention.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Shaun Williams said no NTSB personnel were sent to Ketchikan because Rusk wasn’t injured. The aircraft was set to be recovered from the lake by Thursday.

“A damage assessment will be made and an assessment as to whether this qualifies as an accident,” Williams said
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby Stevesbrother » Wed May 11, 2016 4:22 pm

They are rebuildable ! Glad Bill is ok
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby jjbaker » Wed May 11, 2016 5:18 pm

Good to hear he's safe and sound. That's all that matters.
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby akavidflyer » Thu May 12, 2016 12:57 pm

Floats should not have wheels in them....
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby RKittine » Thu May 12, 2016 6:12 pm

Wheels in them are probably OK as long as they stay in them, when operating on the water.

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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby akavidflyer » Thu May 12, 2016 7:22 pm

I hate the nose wheels on them.. a little porpoise that could normally be stopped with nothing more than power reduction etc can get really ugly quickly with those nose wheels sticking out even in the retracted position.
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby jjbaker » Mon May 16, 2016 1:35 am

Had to log into the Supercub.org site to see or hear anything from Bill.
Looks like he's got the plane back to right side up and is now busy with getting it back to flying status.

We'll see if and when our readers get the benefit of learning from his misfortune, but it looks as if the airplane will be fine shortly.
He's working with borrowed equipment at the time.

There is the Building a Javron Cub thread on http://www.supercub.org
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby WardAir » Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:30 pm

I think I just saw Bill in Juneau at the local FBO, maybe not but it looks like his plane...
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:54 pm

Bill is back chasing big fish in little lakes in AK.

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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby jjbaker » Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:57 pm

Can someone remind him that he's a member here too or will we spend the rest of times with referrals to the Supercub.org site?
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:24 pm

I think he's been a little busy lately. This works just fine http://www.supercub.org/forum/showthread.php?50420-Floats-to-Alaska-2016 Who knows, you might even learn something over there :cowwave:

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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:16 pm

A Bill video

Finally, here is a 3 minute video



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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby Stevesbrother » Sat Jun 11, 2016 6:17 am

Thanks Glen and Bill. I have that dream every night.... happy to see you living it !!!
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Re: Bill Rusk Alaska Trip Update - Oops

Unread postby Bill Rusk » Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:24 pm

Thanks for your kindness and support folks. I posted a little on the SE Alaska Trip/Cabins Thread.

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