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Small airplane flips over while waiting to take off from Las Vegas airportA Cessna 182 flipped upside down while waiting to take off from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, according to a federal official. (news3lv.com) More...
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I've flown into KLAS a few times in a Cherokee - crossing mid field and watching a 47 take off beneath me is seared into my memory. But I always remember departing northbound aligned to the strip with 3 passengers, hot and full fuel - when the Tower asked if I could make a left turn asap, and I thought "yea if I point it directly into a hotel and kill us all - "I'll let you know sir when I can make the turn safely" :)
I wonder if he got too close behind a large jet and the jet powered up to pull out on the runway.
I was kind of thinking the same thing!
Sounds like big jet wind vortices to me.
I witnessed a similar event at ABQ in the 80's. A TWA 727 revved up for takeoff on runway 08. Behind it was a Piper Cub waiting who was instructed to taxi and hold shortly thereafter and immediately got flipped on its back. Both occupants survived with minor injuries.
All the more reason to go to HND.