[Hpn] Homeless man rescues 2 in crash of homemade plane

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Homeless man rescues 2 in crash of homemade plane in Delray Beach

By Leon Fooksman=20
South Florida Sun-Sentinel=20

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Posted April 2 2007=20


      DELRAY BEACH - As he peddled back to his camp in the bushes, =
Milton Pendelton heard groans and saw an elbow sticking out from a =
twisted airplane in a construction field just west of Interstate 95 on =
Sunday.

      The homeless man jumped off his bicycle and ran to free the two =
men trapped in the wreckage of their single-engine plane.



      "I used my knife to cut them from the seatbelts. They were =
hurting. They had blood in their faces," Pendelton, 57, recalled after =
rescuers took the injured to Delray Medical Center.

      The amateur-built, experimental plane crashed into the dirt off =
Depot Avenue, a road parallel to the highway near Lake Ida Road. The =
passenger, 50, complained of back pain, and the pilot, 61, suffered =
other injuries, police spokesman Jeff Messer said.

      Drivers on I-95 and nearby Congress Avenue told police dispatchers =
that the two-seat plane spiraled to the ground from roughly 1,000 feet =
after its engine stalled, started up and failed again around 2:50 p.m., =
Messer said. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.

      The plane was registered to Dr. Charles Scherer, a resident of =
Antiquers Aerodrome west of Delray Beach, a 35-home community clustered =
around a roughly mile-long, grass airstrip. Pilots park their private =
airplanes in garage-style hangars attached to their homes.

      Scherer was listed in critical condition on Sunday night, a =
hospital nurse supervisor said.

      A worker at Scherer's property said Scherer was the pilot of the =
plane that went down, and his brother-in-law, whose name he did not =
know, may have been the passenger. He said Scherer went "sightseeing" =
and was only gone for a little while before his plane crashed. He said =
Scherer has other planes in his garage.

      Police could not confirm both men's identities Sunday night. They =
also did not know where the plane was headed.

      Scherer, a Delray Beach-based general practitioner, has flown =
planes for more than 20 years, said William Lumley, Antiquers =
Aerodrome's airport manager. He has flown his other planes to places =
such as Canada and Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, he said.

      "He's a good pilot. He's got lots of hours," Lumley said. =
"Something must have happened beyond his control."

      Police will send their findings to the National Transportation =
Safety Board, which will issue a report on the crash. Safety board =
investigators did not come to the crash scene.

      The crash almost folded the plane in two. Both men were pinned =
until Pendelton freed them. They were conscious and talking when he =
found them, Pendelton said.

      Staff Researcher Jeremy Milarsky and Staff Writer Carlos Harrison =
contributed to this story.

      Leon Fooksman can be reached at  lfooksman@sun-sentinel.com or =
561-243-6647.





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William Charles Tinker=20
New Hampshire Homeless=20
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street=20
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
1-603-286-2492=20
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      amateur-built, experimental plane crashed into the dirt off Depot =
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      a road parallel to the highway near Lake Ida Road. The passenger, =
50,=20
      complained of back pain, and the pilot, 61, suffered other =
injuries,=20
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      Congress Avenue told police dispatchers that the two-seat plane =
spiraled=20
      to the ground from roughly 1,000 feet after its engine stalled, =
started up=20
      and failed again around 2:50 p.m., Messer said. The cause of the =
crash was=20
      not immediately known.<BR><BR>The plane was registered to Dr. =
Charles=20
      Scherer, a resident of Antiquers Aerodrome west of Delray Beach, a =
35-home=20
      community clustered around a roughly mile-long, grass airstrip. =
Pilots=20
      park their private airplanes in garage-style hangars attached to =
their=20
      homes.<BR><BR>Scherer was listed in critical condition on Sunday =
night, a=20
      hospital nurse supervisor said.<BR><BR>A worker at Scherer's =
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      Scherer was the pilot of the plane that went down, and his =
brother-in-law,=20
      whose name he did not know, may have been the passenger. He said =
Scherer=20
      went "sightseeing" and was only gone for a little while before his =
plane=20
      crashed. He said Scherer has other planes in his =
garage.<BR><BR>Police=20
      could not confirm both men's identities Sunday night. They also =
did not=20
      know where the plane was headed.<BR><BR>Scherer, a Delray =
Beach-based=20
      general practitioner, has flown planes for more than 20 years, =
said=20
      William Lumley, Antiquers Aerodrome's airport manager. He has =
flown his=20
      other planes to places such as Canada and Mexico's Yucatan =
Peninsula, he=20
      said.<BR><BR>"He's a good pilot. He's got lots of hours," Lumley =
said.=20
      "Something must have happened beyond his control."<BR><BR>Police =
will send=20
      their findings to the National Transportation Safety Board, which =
will=20
      issue a report on the crash. Safety board investigators did not =
come to=20
      the crash scene.<BR><BR>The crash almost folded the plane in two. =
Both men=20
      were pinned until Pendelton freed them. They were conscious and =
talking=20
      when he found them, Pendelton said.<BR><BR></FONT><I><FONT=20
      face=3DVerdana>Staff Researcher Jeremy Milarsky and Staff Writer =
Carlos=20
      Harrison contributed to this story.<BR><BR>Leon Fooksman can be =
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<DIV><BR>William Charles Tinker <BR>New Hampshire Homeless <BR>Founded=20
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<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights. =
<BR>1-603-286-2492=20
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<BR><A=20
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/A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A>=20
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