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.


At 10:50 pm, Blogger Aviatrix said...

In answer to your question, in Canada, a light airplane is anything under 12,500 lbs. Don't know if that definition is international as for the purpose of wake turbulence separation light aircraft range up to 7000 kg.

But as for the commentary, yeah, it sounds like it's attached to the wrong clip.

Oddly, there are two overlapping clips that play at the same time when I load the page. One describes a flight instructor and his student, and smoke pouring from an engine.

The other is of an F-111 that lost a mainwheel on takeoff, dumped fuel and belly landed.

Perhaps they have this one clip and play it for all dramatic landings.

At 8:19 pm, Blogger Chris said...


I'm honoured by your visit - hope all is well with you.

Yeah, I was being a bit facetious. Anything under 5,700Kg is a light plane here, it just seems the media use 'light plane' to describe any aircraft not military or RPT. They describe those as 'fighter jets' and 'airliners' respectively.

Apparently there is another clip with smoke pouring out of the PT6, which makes it look like that is the reason for the emergency landing.


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