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Can't say I'd ever call any belly landing nice :-lol, but it sure was a well executed one. One could only hope that he only needs new paint.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach

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The 1st airplane I worked on out of A&P school,was a Beech baron 58P from Israel that was involved in a gear up. I got to do a lot of riveting on that new belly skin:-)

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I'm just wondering why they soaked the aircraft with foam after the pax and pilot had time to get out, go back for their gear and baggage and then secure the main door?

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How can I view this? It just seems to stop after the page is loaded, and says "done, but with errors on the page"Jeff

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Good question on the spray - perhaps they thought it would do no damage, so why not make sure there were no hotspots from the slide. More interestingly - the original CNN video feed for this landing (Sadly, no longer available) was *FAR* better - not for the video portion, but for the commentary! They had an aviation "expert" doing the play-by-play, and he started off saying that the pilots receive training for this type of event AND that aside from some minor scraping damage, the plane and it's passengers will most likely go unscathed by the incident. As the plane shuts down and feathers, the commentator starts gushing about how this was looking like a textbook, PERFECT no gear landing (all true!). After the landing, he has nothing but praise for the pilot, and maintains his refreshing "this is interesting but truly NOT a big deal" type of attitude. I contrast that with the doom and gloom "crash landing" commentator found on the link above. Obviously caught in the drama of the event rather than the reality (or at least the reality according to people familier with aviation), the commentator in the link provided here almost seems to be hoping for something to go terribly wrong. For once, the CNN commentator actually knew what he was talking about and unlike the dramatics seen during the JetBlue LAX landing, he was able to calmy let everyone know that this was a perfect no-gear landing with only minimal increased risks for the passengers. Quite refreshing from the sometimes frantic commentators who don't always realize that, while abnormal, such an event doesn't hold too much increased risk. -Greg

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The foams not necessarily for the passengers sake, but for safety. There's no way of knowing if anything may bee smoldering under the fuselage, getting ready to ignite, which would make clearing the runway a longer processes then it already is.----------------------------------------------------------------John MorganReal World: KGEG, UND Aerospace Spokane Satillite, Private ASEL 141.2 hrs, 314 landings, 46 inst. apprs.Virtual: MSFS 2004"There is a feeling about an airport that no other piece of ground can have. No matter what the name of the country on whose land it lies, an airport is a place you can see and touch that leads to a reality that can only be thought and felt." - The Bridge Across Forever: A Love Story by Richard Bach

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