Monday, August 28, 2006

Plane crash kills 49

One of the comments I heard on the news here was "the cause is being attributed to pilot error"

That really doesn't tell us a damn thing. We all accept that it is likely the pilots made an error in entering and taking off from, apparently the wrong runway. This teaches us nothing in preventing future tragedies. The question is - why?

Update - Crash Survivor asks 'Why?' -
The sole survivor of a plane crash that killed 49 people near Lexington last week told family members from his hospital bed, ``Why did God do this to me?''

I'm sorry to say that this bloke doesn't have a lot to look forward to. Painful recovery followed by painful inquiry.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Plane nosedives in crash landing

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Where do I begin? It wasn't a crash landing, as there was no crash. It nosedived because it had a bad nosewheel, which collapsed on landing. The bad nosewheel was the whole reason for the emergency in the first place. The newsreader talks about "smoke pouring from one of the engines." Write to me if you can spot the smoke. Also, can anyone tell me exactly what a 'light plane' is? Apparently it's anything that doesn't have a red tail with a kangaroo on it.

Anyhow - good job those blokes. Note you can see the pilot flying the thing until it comes to a complete stop.

If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible. -- Bob Hoover.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Went for a flight over the Harbour on Sunday. Definitely one of the best kept secrets of Sydney - if you are in Sydney and know a pilot, then beg them for a flight over the harbour bridge - you won't regret it.

Thanks to Kirrily for taking the fantastic photos, and Jacques who sat up front and kept me from making too many mistakes.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wake turbulence and wingtip vortices - amazing graphic evidence.