Report: Pilot in fatal Holland crash struck pole

A federal flight investigator has written in an accident report that a man killed in a crash at Tulip City Airport in Holland struck a light pole positioned before the runway starts.
AP Wire
Oct 17, 2011


Gerald Brinkerhuff died Oct. 6 as he practiced touch and go landings. Pamela Sullivan of the National Transportation Safety Board said she discovered that Brinkerhuff’s Q-200 aircraft clipped the approach light pole as the 65-year-old Gobles man came in about 6:35 p.m.

The Holland Sentinel reported the pole was 14 feet, 8 inches tall.

Brinkerhuff’s plane went into the ground and suffered substantial damage.

In her preliminary report, Sullivan wrote that Brinkerhuff and his plane came to a rest 134 feet away from the runway. He was the experimental aircraft’s sole occupant.


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