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Emergency Landing

  1. Apr 24, 2009 #1

    LowlyPion

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    Here's an exciting landing in Alaska:
    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/newsreader/story/771362.html [Broken]

    Now how to get it down.
     
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  3. Apr 24, 2009 #2

    Moonbear

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    Down is the easy part. :biggrin:
     
  4. Apr 24, 2009 #3

    LowlyPion

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    The insurance co. might have a different view of that.

    In looking at that, I thought those kinds of things only happened in the movies. Indiana Jones usually always lands that way.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2009 #4

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    Hey, you didn't say down in one piece. :wink: I still think that back up will be the harder part.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2009 #5

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    I think it's actually easier than you think. You just need a good latch on it, and a powerful helicopter can pull it right up.
     
  7. Apr 24, 2009 #6
    It could, if it werent at a density alttidue of 10k feet. At those heights, a helicopter has one hell of a time just keeping itself in the air.
     
  8. Apr 24, 2009 #7

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    Moonie's right. Down is the easy part. The stop at the end, not so much.
     
  9. Apr 24, 2009 #8

    FredGarvin

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    Not all helicopters are created equal. A Chinook laughs at that load at 10k.
     
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  10. Apr 24, 2009 #9
    Wow, thats pretty damn impressive.
     
  11. Apr 29, 2009 #10

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    Follow-up: The plane has been recovered:
    http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/aviation/story/776605.html [Broken]
     
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  12. Apr 29, 2009 #11
    If this is the correct model, it weighs 1,250 pounds.
    http://taylorcraft.org/docs/A-746.pdf

    I would think a few snowmobiles should be able to tug it up and over if they can rig some type of a (maybe collapsible) boom or other leverage enabling device near the edge...and there's something to attach to near the tail.

    BTW, how did the pilot escape?
     
  13. Apr 29, 2009 #12

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    Extremely dangerous:
    - many more people on the ground (i.e. more than zero)
    - things and people attached to foundering plane that might get dragged over the edge
    - so what? now you have a plane on top of a cliff. Can't fly it until it's been thoroughly checked out in a repair shop anyway, so...
     
  14. Apr 29, 2009 #13
    In other words, the ground is the only hard part when you come right down to it.
     
  15. Apr 29, 2009 #14

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    Years back, a reckless float-plane pilot landed his plane on Mountain Dimmick Pond. So far, so good, but float planes need a lot of take-off room and the cliffs, bluffs, and forest surrounding the pond blocked take-off. In the end, he had to pay the landowners for permission to build a road up their mountain, pay the earth-moving company to build the road, and pay someone to disassemble the plane, lash it to a trailer and haul it down off the mountain, THEN pay to have it reassembled, inspected and re-certified. That was one pricey misjudged landing.
     
  16. Apr 29, 2009 #15

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    Actually the account is at that link. They apparently crawled out ... very carefully.

    Then I imagine they changed their knickers.
     
  17. Apr 29, 2009 #16

    DaveC426913

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    The bad news is: Bob change with Bill, Nick change with Annie...
     
  18. Apr 29, 2009 #17

    wolram

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    :rofl:
     
  19. Apr 29, 2009 #18
    Is that an Alaska thing?
     
  20. Apr 29, 2009 #19

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    I'm not sure about Alaskan in general, but the Inuit share everything including wives.
    The solution to that landing looks pretty simple to me. Send a passenger out to push. The first few hundred feet of falling straight down should build up enough airspeed to fly out of there. :biggrin:
     
  21. Apr 29, 2009 #20
    Might make a good reality TV show...for stuntmen.:surprised
     
  22. Apr 29, 2009 #21

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    Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. A great landing is when you can reuse the aircraft!
     
  23. Apr 29, 2009 #22

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    This is the one time I'll volunteer to be the one to get out and push...
     
  24. Apr 29, 2009 #23

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    Pilot: Full flaps dammit! That's the shortest runway I've ever seen!
    Copilot: Yeah, but sure is wide...

    :biggrin:
     
  25. Apr 29, 2009 #24
    I recently lost a good friend who served as a Medic in Vietnam in the early/mid 60's. He never really talked about it except for 1 story.

    After a VERY heavy rain, it was VERY HOT and a large airplane got stuck in the VERY DEEP mud at the end of the runway. He, along with about 100+ of his closest buddies...some in mud up to their waists...spent a very long (did I mention HOT?) afternoon lifting, pushing, pulling (swearing, hitting and spitting) on that big bird until it could move on it's own.

    When they were done, they all sat in the mud and drank HOT Budweiser (apparently they could have all the Bud they wanted...there just wasn't any way to cool it).

    He was a good guy.
     
  26. Apr 29, 2009 #25

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    Bloody hell! Isn't that what they serve to their least favourites at Guantánamo Bay? :yuck:
     
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