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Pilot in 2010 Burke County crash linked to Texas pot plane

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A man who parachuted from a small plane before it crashed last year in Burke County has been arrested in Texas as the pilot of a plane abandoned at a small southeast Texas airstrip with about 100 pounds of marijuana on board.

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A small plane crashed in 2010 in Burke County. Pilot Barrington Carl Slack, who parachuted to safety last October, was arrested Monday in Texas as the pilot of a plane abandoned at a small southeast Texas airstrip with about 100 pounds of marijuana onboard.  File/Staff
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A small plane crashed in 2010 in Burke County. Pilot Barrington Carl Slack, who parachuted to safety last October, was arrested Monday in Texas as the pilot of a plane abandoned at a small southeast Texas airstrip with about 100 pounds of marijuana onboard.


A Waller County Sheriff’s Office statement says deputies and federal Homeland Security agents arrested 33-year-old Barrington Carl Slack late Monday afternoon outside an Italian restaurant in the Houston suburb of Humble.

Slack, of Lithonia in suburban Atlanta, was booked into the Waller County Jail in Hempstead, about 50 miles northwest of Houston. No bond has been set for the felony marijuana possession charge. Jail records list no hometown or attorney for Slack.

The twin-engine plane was found abandoned Nov. 21 after landing and skidding off the runway at Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire in Waller County, about 35 miles west of Houston.

On Oct. 21, 2010, Slack parachuted from a Rockwell International 112-TC plane near Waynesboro, Ga.

Slack told investigators he had to jump because the plane’s directional controls stopped working and he could not complete the landing before running out of fuel and daylight, according to a report released Nov. 8 by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The NTSB investigation concluded that no mechanical problems existed before the accident. Slack was flying from Covington Municipal Airport in Covington, Ga., to Jim Hamilton L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia.

Four days before the crash, Slack received parachute training at a Monroe, Ga., parachuting school. According to the school owner, the pilot showed up wearing a military flight suit and boots and carrying a parachute.

When the instructor asked why the pilot needed an emergency parachute, Slack said he was a Marine flying L39 jets out of Dobbins Air Force Base.

“The only thing I thought strange was he had not gone to jump school and stated it was not required for the pilots,” the owner said in the report.

A search of Marine Corps records at a request by The Augusta Chronicle found he served in the military branch, but not as a pilot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Boudreaux
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Boudreaux 11/29/11 - 02:46 pm
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Surprise, Surprise! They have

Surprise, Surprise!

They have Slack in Hempstead for Marijuana.

eagle
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eagle 11/29/11 - 03:16 pm
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My question is: why didn't
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My question is: why didn't the owner of the parachute school notify authorities immediately when he showed up for jump school with his lame story??

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/29/11 - 03:46 pm
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I thought this whole incident

I thought this whole incident was very strange a year ago. It seemed to get very little coverage and disappeared. Did he ever have any charges pressed for the Burke County crash? If the investigation concluded that there were no mechanical problems, why did he crash the plane? There should at least be something for endangering the public, because once he bailed, he had no control over where the plane crashed. Fortunately no one on the ground was hurt.

david jennings
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david jennings 11/29/11 - 04:08 pm
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There might still be a couple

There might still be a couple bales laying somewhere from the Burke Co. crash/jump. Like citizen I thought the incident in Burke was odd too.

blues550
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blues550 11/29/11 - 04:27 pm
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The whole Burke County
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The whole Burke County escapade had be wonderin where Barny Fife was in the deal. A real Keystone Cop outfit.

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