Davenport man crashes plane, avoids serious injury

2011-10-07T21:42:00Z Davenport man crashes plane, avoids serious injuryKurt Allemeier The Quad-City Times
October 07, 2011 9:42 pm  • 

A Davenport man walked away from the crash of his small plane on a golf course Thursday in Sebastian, Fla.

Robert Malloy, 57, crashed his 1999 Velocity experimental aircraft in a wooded area of the Sebastian Municipal Golf Course. Malloy, who has had his pilot license since 2004, told Sebastian police officers he ran into trouble while practicing take-offs and approaches at the municipal airport adjacent to the golf course.

As he was practicing, he lost speed and was blown off course of the runway, couldn't regain speed and hit the trees, according to police. Winds in the area were blowing from the east at 15 mph and gusting up to 24 mph at the time.

The aircraft, valued at $100,000, was severely damaged. Velocity is a kit airplane with a rear-facing propeller. Malloy is certified to fly single-engine aircraft.

Witnesses told officer they recalled hearing the sound a high revving noise from the plane before the crash.

Sebastian is located on the east coast of Florida, about 40 miles south of Cape Canaveral.

Malloy couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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