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Emergency Landing

  1. Apr 24, 2009 #1

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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
     
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