Thursday, May 21, 2009

'A Crafty Wrestler'

Posted By on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 5:00 PM

From the Bay City News and CBS Broadcasting we learn that an aircraft piloted by a Whitethorn resident Daniel York became entangled in a vineyard this morning just after taking off from the Healdsburg Airport.

York and his passenger, Arthur Gagnier of Oakland, were not hurt. The airplane was.

Healdsburg police Sgt. Rick Urteago said pilot Daniel York of Whitehorn was taking off around 11 a.m. and was 25 feet in the air when wind caught the white Escapade two-seater plane and pushed it to the left.

The plane descended to about 4 feet and its wheels caught a wire on one of the vines, spinning the plane around, Urteago said. One of the plane's wings was damaged, Urteago said.

The mishap -- from the gusty blow to the downward plunge to the shocking twirling about -- is reminiscent of another's experience with the vine, ol' Titus Maccius from way back in 190 BC:

The great evil of wine is that it first seizes the feet, it is a crafty wrestler.

Here's the story.

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