A light plane entered in a three-day air show which started in Cleveland today, crashed on its practice run on Thursday.
CU Sign on aircraft announcing air race ZOOM aircraft
CU Design on aircraft
SV & CU Pilots check over aircraft (4 shots)
LV Aircraft taking-off. Has speaking over sequence (SOF)
SV Damaged aircraft
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 4): HAS: "And out here I was doing about 160 probably 180 and the engine just wasn't getting any fuel to it is what it appears to me.
REPORTER: Was there anything at you that you could do?
HAS: Well as I was coasting down there wondering I could put this thing and working hoping that my fuel valves were all open and that the engine just wasn't getting any gas. Then when I kicked it I decided I didn't have enough runway to put it back down and I thought I might have enough air speed to kick it back up and do a 180 and put it on the other runway over there.
REPORTER: What went through your mind when this happened? Did you see your life flash in front of you?
HAS: No, but I did see those ships down there coming at me and I though that the best place to put it was some place other than in among those ships I didn't think about it.
REPORTER: Do you feel any differently about flying now?
HAS: No. If I had another airplanes to fly I might go fly it".
Initials SGM/2128 SGM/2142
ORIG. ON 8710/71
PART ORIG. ON 8710/B/71
PART ORIG ON 8710/8/71
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Background: A light plane entered in a three-day air show which started in Cleveland today, crashed on its practice run on Thursday.
Ken Has, the California commercial pilot who was at the controls of the ill-fated ship told out correspondent of his encounter with death.
Has tells his story over pictures of the actual event.
SYNOPSIS: The home-made specially designed formula one race planes are the features attraction of the three-day meeting scheduled in Cleveland starting Friday. (July 16).
Many of the pilots spent Thursday putting the finishing touches on their aircraft. Two were to put on a special preview for the tv cameras. One of the planes, piloted by Californian Ken Has, developed engine trouble soon after take off. Has explained the sequence of events.
The crash caused extensive damage and knocked out Has from the race line up. Has, a commercial airlines pilot, says he is undecided if he will rebuild the racer or design a new model.