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Jack Roush crash lands – Click above to watch video after the jump

NASCAR titan Jack Roush appears to have survived his second plane crash. Roush was piloting his company's Raytheon/Beechcraft Premier jet when something went wrong on the approach to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin last night. According to reports, Roush's plane appeared to come in too low on landing approach, and a last-second correction caused the plane's nose to dip and touch the ground. On impact, the plane spun around and the tale section separated from the rest of the aircraft. Both Roush and a female employee, Brenda K. Strickland, were able to walk away from the crash, though they did sustain injuries. There was no one else onboard.

Roush, 68, was taken to a local hospital for injuries he sustained during the incident and was first listed in serious condition. Since then, his status has been downgraded to critical. However, according to Roush Fenway Racing, Roush is expected to make a full recovery, even though some surgery is expected as a result of his mishap.

This marks the second time in 10 years that Roush has run into trouble in the pilot's seat. In 2002, he crash-landed a small craft into a pond in Alabama. Hit the jump to see an ESPN report on the incident. Thanks for the tip, Martin B!

[Sources: The Northwestern, ESPN]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      All of the discussion here about whether Roush should or should not be in the pilot seat is a moot point. A second crash with critical injuries in a jet mean that his flying days are over. There is no way any Doctor or FAA official can brush this one off; his flying license is history.
      Rotten Eggs
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy,,, Jack Roush, must have a whole flock of angels riding on his shoulders. I know he's already a wealthy man but if I were him I'd go out and buy some lottery tickets..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sounds like Jack Roush was showing off for his lady friend :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure how any of you guys could defend his flying.
      From what i have read there is on average 35 planes crashes in the US each year.
      So in the last ten years he has 2 out of the 350 crashes.
      With millions of flights taking place, i'd say 2 is quite the high percentage of accidents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2lives gone,7 more to go!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The approach during the show is very challenging for part-time pilots. My worst landing ever was at Oshkosh during the show. Flying an old 210 with full pax, bounced like a ball about 20 feet in the air, with two Corsairs landing right behind me. Pissed me off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why do wealth people always want to fly their own planes? Besides for Travolta it always seems to go wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        cause poor people that want to fly planes can't afford to?

        Around 8 million for a Beechcraft Premier like that, kinda means you can't afford one on a middle-class salary.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Harrison ford is getting kinda up there too but he still flys a medivac chopper. I dont know about you but I would love to be rescued by Indiana jones
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because you have to BE wealthy to afford a plane like that. Flying is something he obviously enjoys, being rich doesn't require you to now sit in the back seat of all your vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's why they call him the cat in the hat. Jack Roush has drag raced, road raced, piloted racing planes, ww2 fighters, commercial planes, drives countless miles per year for personal appearances and is 68 years old. If you have personally done all these things, and had no accidents. Then you can judge. as I see it Jack has 7 lives left, go cat!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh, not sure if you've been paying attention, but I don't think this guy has had "no accidents" here... by my count, he's at least on number 2.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hence why he has 7 lives left and not 9 as #1CHAMP stated.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another case of more money than brains.
        • 4 Years Ago
        another case of a stupid comment. Accidents happen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The local Milwaukee news last night had photos of him walking off the plane, but his face was lacerated pretty badly and there was a lot of blood on his clothes. At least he walked away from it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps Mr. Roush should think of hiring an actual pilot next time? Anyway, hope he recovers well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        insight532, Bob Hoover was a far better pilot at age 80 than most 25 year-old-pilots will ever be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cow"boy"bob and insight532, you're clearly morons. I hope your mothers don't kick you out anytime soon. It's a tough world out there and we don't want to have to support you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Jared - Crashing two planes means you are doing it wrong. Having thousands of hours ins the sky means nothing when you manage to wreck two of the planes and risk lives.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @paul34: Jack Roush is a very experienced pilot, with thousands of hours in high performance aircraft.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Gruv: LOL!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe he can only fly left.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jared,

        That may be true, but perhaps he isn't really cut out for flying as he may believe he is. Perhaps its time to put that pilot's license in a drawer and pay someone else who is a bit more skilled in the matter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Until ANY of you morons saying this is pilot error actually fly a plane, DO NOT judge. PLEASE show us intelligent people where it says in this article that it was pilot error.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let's see.......68 years old...TWO plane crashes......multi-millionare......hire a pilot? Well, ...DUH???
        • 4 Years Ago
        My logic would tell me to do this after the FIRST plane crash...
        jklk3
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 68 year old person piloting an aircraft is senseless and extremely dangerous. At that age, they are obviously not as sharp and tactful as a younger person under 65. There should be a law against allowing people over 65 pilot any aircraft. Heck, these people are a hazard on the road-they drive too slow; they get confused and make sudden and dangerous driving decisions, etc.
      choppersdigest
      • 4 Years Ago
      age sucks
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