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Disabled plane flips in tall grass near Cowichan Bay
Pilot Jim Vosburgh was uninjured after his light plane flipped in tall grass near the South Cowichan Lawn Tennis courts Friday afternoon.
The Victorian shook his head while surveying damage to the Glastar twin-seater he build about five years ago.
“I think it’s a write-off.
“I don’t know if I can fix it or not until I get it upright,” he told the News Leader Pictorial of his first accident that's also Cowichan's first plane crash this year.
Vosburgh said the engine died in his blue-and-white plane at around 2,000 feet as he approached the west end of Cowichan Bay en route to Victoria International Airport.
“It looks like my engine lost oil and seized,” he said after sniffing oily fuel on the plane’s belly. Without power, Vosburgh said he maintained control of his plane while looking for a landing place near the Cow Bay Estuary, but he met strong winds. He glided over tall trees along Cowichan Bay Road across from Les Broadway’s farm, then tried to land in waist-high grass in Broadway’s empty field.
“It flipped over in half a second,” Vosburgh said of his low-speed “soft landing.”
“I didn’t have time for it to go through my mind what was happening — I picked the wrong field.”
On second thought, “I looked at the lumber yard but if you overshoot, you’re in the water,” he said of WFP’s sawmill operations beside the estuary.
Vosburgh figured his Glastar sustained prop and major structural damage.”
All factors will be considered during an investigation by the federal Transportation Safety Board, explained North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Const. Ian Wetzel-Eden who attended the crash scene.