• Aug 17th 2010 at 6:29PM
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They say that statistically speaking, flying is safer than driving. Jack Roush might beg to differ with that assessment. After his second life-threatening plane crash in eight years, the NASCAR bigwig was back at the Michigan International Speedway this past weekend to watch his team in action.

Roush's recovery from his injuries during the crash in Oshkosh, WI will be almost complete with one notable exception: Roush has lost the vision in his left eye. For now, Roush also has a back brace to support a fractured spine and piece of hardware in his cheek.

Despite the loss of vision on one eye, The Detroit News indicates that Roush has excellent sight in the right eye and fully intends to fly again once his physical recovery is complete. While there are tougher vision restrictions on commercial pilots, private aviators are evidently allowed to fly with only one eye.

Interestingly, based on a quote in the DetNews article, it sounds like Roush might be blaming the airport's air traffic controller for the plane crash:
"I filed my NTSB report today, which is a matter of public record. It speaks for itself. The reality of it, on a trip arrival into Oshkosh, Wis., I was put in conflict with the flight plan of another airplane close to the ground, and I was unable to address the conflict and keep the airplane flying. I ground-looped the airplane. The airplane did a great job staying intact."
No doubt we'll hear more about this as the National Transportation Safety Board investigates the incident further, but for now, Roush says he just feels extraordinarily lucky.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: Jason Smith/Getty]


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      Mike
      • 5 Months Ago

      The first sentence in this article is entirely inaccurate. It just goes to show that the media knows absolutely nothing about aviation. Statistically speaking, flying is safer than driving if you are talking about part 121 scheduled airlines. General aviation is statistically about the same as riding a motorcycle. At least they didn't incorrectly use the word "tarmac" in this article.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Scary...
      • 5 Years Ago
      A ground loop? Ha! Another guy with too much ego, money and airplane and not much flying ability nor accountability. A notable arrival at one of the worlds largest airshows though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how many people are lining up to fly with this guy?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Has it been reported to be permanent loss of vision in his left eye or just temporary? Better than being dead and you can still fly (and function just fine in life) with one eye. Good to see the Roush cars performing again, always good to see more competition on the track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wait till this guy loses sight in both eyes and still tries to fly...may God be with us all
        • 5 Years Ago
        Stamos, you might want to actually read the article before commenting next time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well hope he'll aim for the run-way next time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I guess a Citation X will be his next plane, as an upgrade to the Hawker. This cat has 9 lives...for sure
      • 5 Years Ago
      This guy needs to sit down and have a chat with Colin McRae...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It should be apparent to other pilots that he doesn't know what he is talking about judging from his quote
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, that kind of confused me too. Maybe I need to re-read the original report but I don't recall the crash being described in such a way that would support a ground loop scenario.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just about to say the same thing. He doesn't have a clue! For one thing, he was at Oshkosh, the entire event is practically one big traffic conflict, this isn't new. Pilots of all kinds deal with it every year just fine for the most part without significant issues. And ground looping the airplane huh? Well that's just not what happened at all.. more like he just straight crashed the airplane because he was so far behind the power curve..

        I also have my doubts that he was actually wearing a seat belt judging from his injuries.
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