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Vancouver Plane Crash

  1. Oct 27, 2011 #1

    George Jones

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  3. Oct 28, 2011 #2
    Luckily you didn't use that flight to go anywhere. Sad as it is, but the odds of getting hurt is a lot bigger with road traffic.

    In The Netherlands it's prohibited to attempt an emergency landing on a road, because it would also endanger the -always dense- traffic.
  4. Oct 28, 2011 #3


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    Same in the UK, but these guys made quite a "creative" interpretation of "not landing on a road..." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kegworth_air_disaster

    In the picture on the wiki page, there are two separate parallel multi-lane roads with central reservations (and one of the central reservations has a set of runway landing lights installed on it.)

    If they had crashed a few meters shorter, they would have blocked 6 lanes of traffic travelling at 70 - 80 mph on the UK's main North-South motorway :bugeye:

    The root cause was a mechanical failure, followed by the flight crew wrongly diagnosing whcih engine had failed. (Not a good call, on a two-engine plane).
  5. Oct 28, 2011 #4


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    In some places in Alaska, the road is the runway. The pilot makes a low pass to let everyone know he's coming in, circles around and lands.

    Actually, I'm not sure if it's like that still - it was when I lived there.
  6. Oct 28, 2011 #5

    Yes I studied that mishap. It was a combination of very poor cockpit ergonomics, ie in the layout of engine instruments and aircrew coordination aka confusion.

    It exactly the kind of mishap that made me make an unexpected support case for single pilot operation in this thread. Then only one pilot had to figure out what the affected engine was.
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