Hall Of Famer Jim Mynning OK After Crash

  • Nov 5, 2015 5:25am GMT

Jim Mynning, ICAS Hall Of Fame member & chairman of Air Show Ops at EAA AirVenture, survived a crash with only minor injuries Tuesday. According to the FAA he was landing his 1970 Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub at Meyers Airport, Michigan from the west at 2:42 p.m. on the grass strip that ends near Tecumseh-Clinton Highway.

Tecumseh police Officer Tom Gilbert told local media, "the plane hit something on the runway and bounced into a bean field along the strip, the pilot then accelerated to climb and make another landing attempt but a mechanical problem threw the plane into a sharp roll to the left and it dove back across the road and into trees and the fence line along the backyards of houses along River Acres Drive."

Glad to report that Jim and his passenger are both in good health and no one was injured on the ground.

Mynning first soloed in 1946 and would go on to play an important role in developing the air show circuit in the 1950s. During that time he provided narration for fellow performers and then became a full-time announcer. He also performed numerous renowned air show acts developing five unique acts using a Piper J-3 or Piper Super Cub.

As an airline pilot he was named United Airlines Pilot of the Year after safely landing a 737 with a dangling engine without injury to passengers or crew.

Mynning was also the co-owner of three airports in Michigan-Young Field in Ann Arbor, a farm airfield in Chelsea, and Meyers-Diver's Airport in Tecumseh where this week's accident occurred. All three airports were the home of members of an airshow group known as the Ann Arbor Air Force.

In 2003 he was inducted into the International Council of Air Shows Foundation Hall of Fame. He has more than 35,000 hours of flying experience and continues to contribute to air shows. He is currently chairman of air show operations at Experimental Aircraft Association's annual convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the world's largest aviation celebration.

VIDEO 1 Tecumseh Herald: A Piper PA18 Super Cub aircraft crashed near Meyers-Diver's Airport in Tecumseh on Tuesday, Nov. 3 right next to Tecumseh-Clinton Rd. The plane, piloted by Capt. Jim Mynning, was taken back to the airport where it had attempted to land. Video by Mickey Alvarado.

VIDEO 2 TnT Video: June 28, 2011 Jim Mynning induction into the State of Michigan Avaition Hall of Fame