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Micron CEO Dies In Plane Crash
KHQ News ^ | 2/3/12 | KHQ News

Posted on 02/03/2012 11:37:56 AM PST by illiac

Edited on 02/03/2012 11:47:29 AM PST by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Steve Appleton, the chief operating officer and chairman of Micron, has died in a small plane crash in Boise. He was 51.

Micron spokesman Dan Francisco confirmed Appleton's death Friday. Trading in Micron stocks has been halted.


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TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: appleton; business; ceo; micron; obituary; planecrash

1 posted on 02/03/2012 11:38:06 AM PST by illiac
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To: illiac
an avid pilot, was the only one in the experimental fixed-wing plane when it crashed
The same can be said for John Denver.
2 posted on 02/03/2012 11:41:24 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: illiac

Dang. RIP


3 posted on 02/03/2012 11:41:56 AM PST by Dysart ("Don't worry, it's not loaded")
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To: oh8eleven
The same can be said for John Denver.

Don't think John Denver ever flew a Hunter jet. Not sure yet which of his planes Steve was flying though. He's a regular staple at air shows in Idaho and the surrounding area.

Many lives of the Hunter

4 posted on 02/03/2012 11:47:22 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: oh8eleven

John Denver ran out of gas...


5 posted on 02/03/2012 11:48:39 AM PST by DB
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To: illiac

Here’s a more complete article on the crash

http://www.ktvb.com/news/Micron-CEO-Steve-Appleton-dies-in-crash-138659114.html

“”I’d like to turn back in... and land. Coming back in,” Appleton said to air traffic controllers.

In the background of the audio from the control tower, a woman’s voice can be heard saying, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god.””


6 posted on 02/03/2012 11:52:43 AM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: illiac

I heard this this morning.

I used to work for Micron as a Director and had gotten the opportunity to talk to the man when I first started there, though I was with a Micron Tech owned company (Micron Electronics) and many level distant from him.

He was a good man. He was open to suggestion. He will be missed here in Idaho.

He loved to fly and get out into the outdoors.

RIP, Steve, may God in Heaven rest your soul in the Hands of our Savior, and may God’s peace and comfort be given to your family and loved ones.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 11:55:46 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: illiac

And on the anniversary of another small plane crash that took 4 lives - including 3 early rock stars...


8 posted on 02/03/2012 11:56:19 AM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: Domandred
His experimental fixed wing single engine Lancair crashed around 9 a.m. in between two runways at the airport.

Sounds like engine failure on takeoff and he tried to turn back.

9 posted on 02/03/2012 11:56:19 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: DB

“John Denver ran out of gas...”

I heard he was trying to switch tanks, the control for which was over one shoulder, and accidentally gave too much rudder.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 12:01:24 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: DB
John Denver ran out of gas...

...back about 1974.

11 posted on 02/03/2012 12:04:44 PM PST by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.....Eagle Scout since Sep 9, 1970)
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To: Jeff Head
I was with a Micron Tech owned company (Micron Electronics)

Didn't know this Jeff (or never put it together) but you and I worked at the same division. I started in sales when it was Edge Technologies in that little building across the street and left from IT when it was Micron Electronics.

12 posted on 02/03/2012 12:06:14 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: grobdriver
Sounds like engine failure on takeoff and he tried to turn back.

Could be. A lot of crashes happen that way, even though flight students have been told to land on the softest, cheapest thing in front of them in case of engine failure. They are told not to turn back and that's been the advice for decades.

13 posted on 02/03/2012 12:08:18 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: illiac

I’ve got an old Micron Millennia RS 3000 (Y2K) PC that still has some life in it!


14 posted on 02/03/2012 12:10:31 PM PST by equaviator ( "There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: oh8eleven
that was one Rutan's (Vari-eze?) great planes....
JD (apprerently) wasn't paying attention to
flying the plane... Head in cockpit. :-\

15 posted on 02/03/2012 12:11:03 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (Kill the terrorists, Protect all the borders, Laugh @ the (remaining) Liberals :^)
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To: equaviator

When Steve Appleton started at Micron, you could buy 64 KB DRAM memory for $100. Nowadays, you can get 250,000 times more memory (16 GB) for that price. He was really at the forefront of the computer revolution, and all you bloggers need to toast him tonight.


16 posted on 02/03/2012 12:13:22 PM PST by jimmygrace
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To: reaganaut

“The Day the Music Died” - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The “Big Bopper.” February 3, 1959; Clear Lake, Iowa.


17 posted on 02/03/2012 12:13:36 PM PST by Texas Deb
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To: illiac
Very sad.

I believe this wasn't the first time he had an accident in an experimental aircraft - not the kind of hobby that allows too many second chances unfortunately.
18 posted on 02/03/2012 12:17:10 PM PST by indthkr
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To: Moonman62
"They are told not to turn back and that's been the advice for decades."

Wonder what is off the end of the runway? Perhaps he was trying to minimize damage on the ground.

19 posted on 02/03/2012 12:18:37 PM PST by frog in a pot
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To: Moonman62
that's been the advice for decades

Yet pilots continue to kill themselves that way.
Something happens to the decision process when it's your airplane that's failed and you want to get it back.
Good friend of mine, CFII and all that, pounded it into his students and then what did he do when his personal aircraft had an engine failure on takeoff?

Tried to turn back with less than the magical 700 feet AGL number in the bank, stalled, spun in and killed himself.

We all think "I'll never be that dumb" but I guess you don't know until it happens to you.

20 posted on 02/03/2012 12:20:00 PM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: frog in a pot

Boise has long runways and there are stll some, not too many, empty fields south of I-84.


21 posted on 02/03/2012 12:24:17 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: Texas Deb

Yep and the young pilot who didn’t have night certification - Roger Peterson.

A sad tragedy that could have easily been prevented.


22 posted on 02/03/2012 12:33:47 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: frog in a pot
Wonder what is off the end of the runway?

Depends on the direction he was going.

Going East there's some warehouse businesses, a Shopko distribution center, outlet mall.

Going West there's a lot of empty land intermixed with residential ranch houses with acreage.

Those are the runway directions. North of airport is town, South is all high mountain desert.

23 posted on 02/03/2012 12:38:46 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Texas Deb
“The Day the Music Died” - Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, The “Big Bopper.” February 3, 1959; Clear Lake, Iowa.

They're commemorating it and honoring them - with activities since Wednesday that will continue through the weekend...Local paper coverage

24 posted on 02/03/2012 1:01:06 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: illiac
Too bad but the guy was something of a reckless sort known to hop in aircraft he had no prior experience with and take off in them.
25 posted on 02/03/2012 1:01:34 PM PST by fso301
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To: Moonman62

I had an engine failure in a Bonanza I had just bought, 600 feet AGL out of Goodland Kansas, ended up in a corn field just some belly damage. 75% of folks lose an engine below 1000 feet stall and go stright in.


26 posted on 02/03/2012 1:09:36 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: illiac

NTSB Press conference at this link:

http://www.ktvb.com/home/related/136957883.html


27 posted on 02/03/2012 1:16:20 PM PST by CedarDave (Donna Brazile: "... we we believe that the weakest candidate ... [is] Mitt Romney.")
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To: Jeff Head

This is a real shame.

I’m trying to recall exactly, but I’m pretty sure I met him some time back, probably 98 or 99. It was in one of the bars at the SFO airport, where I was a regular commuter for a while.

He was a really nice guy. Very bright and unpretentious. I was in IT management so we had a lot to talk about. He even invited me to come out to Idaho and see what they were up to. Sadly I never collected on that invitation.


28 posted on 02/03/2012 1:26:00 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I'd give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: grobdriver

When people are in a panic situation, in a building fire for example, they usually try to exit the same way they came in. Maybe the same kind of situation exists for many pilots; to try and turn around to the runway rather than a possibly safer ‘straight ahead’ approach.


29 posted on 02/03/2012 1:30:16 PM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I’m trying to convince my husband to take me next year, especially if they have a premier of the new movie then.


30 posted on 02/03/2012 1:33:21 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, Now Christian - "I wasn't brainwashed, just brain pre-soaked.")
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To: Domandred
"The Lancair is built from kits, and others like it have design characteristics that allow the planes to fly much faster than most small planes.
 
In 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a safety advisory to pilots because the planes are prone to stalling during slow-speed operations close to the ground.
 
An FAA analysis found that the planes have experienced fatal accident rates substantially higher than other small, personal use planes, including other types of planes made from kits, the advisory said. The advisory came after a Lancair plane killed a jogger on the beach in South Carolina."
 
http://ww3.hdnux.com/photos/10/51/76/2269070/3/628x471.jpg
 
http://www.love4aviation.com/site/love4aviation/images/documents/Email_Marketing/August09/Lancair_1.jpg
 
 
 
 

31 posted on 02/03/2012 1:58:45 PM PST by wolficatZ (:"TV is king, you're my everything..")
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To: PLMerite
John Denver was flying a long EZ.

In this picture you can see the airplane in its "parked" position with the nose gear folded. My understanding from a friend that flies one is that you start the airplane on a little primer tank when the nose is down and then when you lift the nose and unfold the nose wheel you are supposed to switch tanks. It is quite common for pilots to forget this step. What killed Denver was that the previous owner had moved the valve to a place you couldn't easily access when flying. Not to the design spec.

32 posted on 02/03/2012 2:20:11 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: wolficatZ
The Lancair IV is a very fast, high performance airplane.

The price you pay for this is a very high stall speed and an astronomical engine out sink rate of over 2000 feet per minute.

At 800 ft AGl on take off this gives less than 20 seconds to make a decision on a course of action, respond and then land the aircraft after an engine out on take off.

If you have an engine out in one on take off, it's probably better to land straight ahead and take your chances. Almost every attempt to turn back to runway to land after an engine out on take off that I am aware of has resulted in a stall-spin crash with subsequent post crash fatal fire.

Cruise speed of 300kts plus is cool but I am not a big fan of the Lancair IV given it's high stall speed and power off sink rates.

33 posted on 02/03/2012 2:43:22 PM PST by rdcbn
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To: skinkinthegrass

Long-Eze...I think


34 posted on 02/03/2012 2:48:31 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: grobdriver
I'm not a pilot.

But your story made me think of something...

My youngest girl and her BF, and I went skydiving a couple three years ago.

We went up in this small single engine plane...Had a blast, and all were safe.

About 4 weeks later....the same pilot, and one of the dive instructors that we had..took off with some students...and had engine failure at around 6-7 hundred ft. He turned to the left, and landed in a small open area with a few buildings around..and of course telephone and power lines. Everyone survived.

Point being...he didn't try to go back to the landing strip. Smart guy...Lucky too.

35 posted on 02/03/2012 3:02:39 PM PST by Osage Orange (A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.)
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To: wolficatZ

Looks like the one in the front is PT-6 powered, unless Williams or Garrett makes a reverse-flow version also.

Having a turbine engine quit on you during takeoff or climb-out is much rarer than with a piston engine, isn’t it?

Was Appleton’s Lancair turbine powered?


36 posted on 02/03/2012 3:03:31 PM PST by Erasmus (Able was I ere I saw this crappy little island.)
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To: P8riot

http://www.southparkstudios.co.uk/clips/sp_vid_152067/


37 posted on 02/03/2012 3:07:48 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: PLMerite
I heard he was trying to switch tanks, the control for which was over one shoulder, and accidentally gave too much rudder.

Correct. But, he ran out of gas because he didn't stick the tanks before take-off --pilot error.

Another little-known tidbit is that he had been convicted of drunk-driving the year before and as is usually the case, had been ordered by the FAA to surrender his medical certificate. (one half of a pilot's license, the other being the airman's certificate)

This means that at the time of his fatal accident he had been grounded and was flying illegally.

The accident report is online if you're interested in reading the details. (See: Close-Up: The John Denver Crash)

38 posted on 02/03/2012 3:16:50 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: wolficatZ

Based on the news photo of the crash and the Google Maps view, it looks like he was taking off on 10L or 10R and just stalled and dropped near the end of the runway. I’m going by sun angle and background, although I wasn’t able to match the background exactly. In particular I couldn’t find that dome.


39 posted on 02/03/2012 5:01:41 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: illiac

RIP.


40 posted on 02/04/2012 12:20:15 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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