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Skill or luck? Emergency landing

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Judging the speed that they are over flying motorway teaffic, I'd ssay purely luck!

 

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I think both! Every landing you walk away from is a good landing :-)


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Little of both. Did well to avoid most obstacles.

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Little of both. Did well to avoid most obstacles.

 

Yes...and thankfully there seemed to be few if any posts and power lines etc in the middle of that road, although judging by this photo he seemed to have hit something...

 

http://tinyurl.com/nkvzdox

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That's a limited access highway which means it's speed limit is probably 55 mph which would be around 48kts. With engine out you want to maintain 68kts which would be around 78mph.

 

My opinion: it was skill.


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...although judging by this photo he seemed to have hit something...

 

http://tinyurl.com/nkvzdox

Several somethings at least! Ah well, a ball peen hammer and a bit of duct tape will fix her up just fine...

 

...not! :Shame On You:


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Ah, good find. I deliberately used the term "duct tape" assuming that few would know what "speed tape" is. B)


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Oddly enough, the company I work for uses duct tape rather often and you know what for?  Ducts. :)


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Oh my how odd! Imagine, using a product for its intended purpose... :Just Kidding:

 

I've always had a roll or two of duct tape in my toolboxes for any emergency repairs that might be needed.


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That's a limited access highway which means it's speed limit is probably 55 mph which would be around 48kts. With engine out you want to maintain 68kts which would be around 78mph.

 

My opinion: it was skill.

After listening to an interview with the pilot and skydivers on board I completely agree.  Apparently cockpit communications were calm and succinct.  The Jumpers made a decision not to emergency jump from 4k feet but remain with the plane and pilot and he mentioned having to come in under a power line and then move towards the median to avoid traffic.  His situational awareness was beyond exceptional.

 

Of course, luck involved but the decision and outcome were due to skill.

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Duct tape if it moves and shouldn't

WD-40 if it doesn't move and should :)


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