Ninety-five year old Jack Haggerty of Newport was delivering his just repaired Cessna 150 from Newport to his plane’s hanger in Toledo Monday morning when something went wrong. His brake/aileron pedal malfunctioned and he came in too high and too fast. He managed to get the plane on the ground but it lurched to the right, went across the tarmack and smashed into a hanger door support post. It kept going, went nose first into a ditch and hit the side of an embankment.
Haggerty was still in the cockpit when Toledo Fire Rescue arrived. They got him out and into an awaiting ambulance which took him to PCH in Newport to be checked out. He was expected to be discharged later in the day or sometime tomorrow. National Transportation Safety Board inspectors were on scene to assess the cause of the crash.
Haggerty is somewhat of a flying folk hero on the Central Coast. Back in 2006, on his 90th birthday, Haggerty, on a whim, decided he wanted to do something bold on such an important birthday. So he flew his Cessna 150 under the Yaquina Bay Bridge. The feat was reported to the FAA which, in turn, suspended his pilot’s license for a year. Friends say his license was reinstated after the year’s period and so would have been fully licensed today.
Tuesday morning: Reports say that Mr. Haggerty was held over at the hospital Monday night for observation. He’s undergoing physical therapy this morning for an injured elbow. It’s also reported that he suffered an injury to his left ear.