Coast Guard Abandons Search for Stunt Pilot
SAN DIEGO (AP) _ The Coast Guard suspended its air and water search Tuesday for a Hollywood stunt pilot who reported trouble while performing a nose-first spin and plunged into Pacific Ocean.
Art Scholl, who flew in aerobatic sequences in ″Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom″ and other movies, crashed Monday afternoon while filming footage for a Hollywood production.
Scholl, whose bi-plane was equipped with a camera in the passenger seat, was performing the stunt for the Paramount Pictures movie, ″Top Gun.″
Petty Officer Pat Milton said the Coast Guard received a call at 5:48 p.m. Monday that a single-seat acrobatic plane had gone down five miles off Encinitas, about 20 miles north of San Diego.
Debris from Scholl’s plane were found Monday evening, Milton said.
Scholl’s mechanic, Kevin Kammer, and another stunt pilot, Chuck Wentworth, witnessed the crash. They were following him to watch for other air traffic.
Wentworth said Scholl was performing a stunt known as an inverted flat spin when he crashed. The maneuver involved a nose-first spin toward the water and started about 4,000 feet in the air, Wentworth said.
″He said on the radio he had a problem - ‘I’ve got a problem here’ - then he hit the water,″ Kammer said.
Scholl’s wife, Judy, said Scholl got his stunt pilot’s license 29 years ago and has performed in many movies and television productions, including ″Indiana Jones″ and ″The Great Waldo Pepper.″
In Hawaii, a television stuntman was injured during filming of the ″Magnum P.I.″ series, officials said.
Mike Adams, 35, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., suffered a possible broken ankle when he slipped and fell on a hillside Monday, according to Fire Department officials.