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Two experienced pilots, and they just ran out of altitude. Beware gravity. Sad.

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Pro Bowl Player
Damn. This hits home hard for me.

I loved Russ as a player, and he seemed a great guy. I’m also a member of AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and know Sr VP Richard McSpadden was very well regarded. Ironically, he was Executive Director of the AOPA Air Safety Institute. McSpadden was also former commander of the USAF Thunderbirds. Both are tremendous losses.

Plus, I was flying yesterday myself. I missed yesterday’s game because I was delayed getting home when my plane had problems after I flew a friend to NC. I assume Russ experienced a mechanical problem. The article below states that they experienced an emergency after take-off and crashed attempting to return to the airport, which is consistent with mechanical failure.

It also contained this lovely anecdote:

Investigation into fatal Lake Placid plane crash continues
Aircraft maintenance and safety is suspect today, due to cost-cutting and slovenliness.

This, Kobe, Boeing Max were avoidable.

Actual Pats Fan

Pro Bowl Player
Russ Francis being dubbed “All World” by the great Howard Cosell gave us Patriots fans validity. It mattered.
The Patriots were valid, and this was in contradiction to the universe of the false laughingstock narrative, and jeopardized the entire space-time continuum for the media, the league, opponents and their fans - and an enormous section of so-called local Patriots 'fans' and non-sports following locals who casually then and to this day dismiss the team as pathetic.

Ben Dreith was their Deus ex machina, although Patriots' on-field accomplishments-denigrating would have continued anyway, or even intensified, as the Davis/Raiders crybabying would have increased as well. I expect the Raiders would likely have won the following year, as they could well have beaten the Broncos if still focused on winning for the first time. However, I think Staubach & Dorsett would have still handled them.

The reason for their only two legitimate titles is Plunkett.
Most Patriots fans, bring younger than 55-60, will never know
Thanks to local media, and Kraft, who adores people like Orthwein and Goodell whose singular purpose is to subvert the franchise.

Actual Pats Fan

Pro Bowl Player
Sorry to hear that, one of the Patriot's greatest ever.
Yet the 'Hall' is loaded with players who are not fit to carry his jockstrap

Nor Julius Adams', Mosi Tatupu's or Darryl Stingley's

F Kraft. What a tool.

His employees at the plant (not surprisingly) said he was an ******* for a boss.

He's done a few nice things, and in this culture it takes a certain approach to succeed...that's probably it.

He can't just give up the life/business modus operandi that he relied on to make it.

The prevalent analysis today that Brady is completely responsible for taking an irrelevant organization to success is being confirmed by Kraft.

He is who he is. Maybe we'll get an owner someday who gets it.


Pats, B's, Sox Supporter
If Sunday couldn’t get any worse for Patriots fans. Rest in Peace.

First Wakefield and now Russ Francis.. RIP to both of them.


Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
Francis is a longtime pilot who has flown for almost 50 years

He was the president of the Lake Placid airways

Not sure if he was the captain, but he was doing what he loved in an area he was quite familiar with.

bresna Supporter Supporter

There is a major transcription error in this archived story. It says, "With the help of another controversial play - Oakland linebacker Phil Villapiano held Francis with the penalty being called". It should say, "With the help of another controversial play - Oakland linebacker Phil Villapiano held Francis with no penalty being called".

Strike that... it should say, "With the help of another controversial play - Oakland linebacker Phil Villapiano tackled Francis with no pass interference penalty being called".


Hall of Fame Poster

captain stone Retired Jersey Club
Two experienced pilots, and they just ran out of altitude. Beware gravity. Sad.

Did you notice the year that airplane was built? Spooky...

Speaking of, I remember watching that ****tsdirt game in 1976 at home with my dad & brother... We all thought they would attempt some kind of running play... That might've been the loudest my brother & I got at home watching a Pats game since Bob Windsor broke his leg while catching the game-winning TD as time expired in Minnesota two years earlier...

Surprised no-one mentioned that Russ participated in a Battle Royale during Wrestlemania 2 with Jimbo Covert, William Perry & Ed Jones; and won by Andre the Babysitter... Russ' dad ran the Hawaii territory until he sold it to Peter Maivia I believe, aka Duane Johnson's granpappy; and that's probably when the family moved to the 48...

Kinda sucks that it takes a tragedy as this to once again ask the question: Why isn't Russ Francis ALREADY in the NEP HOF, Mr Kraft?
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