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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 8:53 pm 
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I'm posting this because it has incredible video, and because there were no fatalities. Also, I believe this was at A2A's home base. I won't speculate on the cause, but I will say that is the most fortunately placed tree ever, it is the only reason this was not a tragedy IMO...

That surveillance video is just mesmerizing.


http://www.wfsb.com/story/36336635/no-i ... plainville

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:11 pm 
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Unbelievable! That was one lucky S.O.B. Who would of ever guessed how this all played out. Thanks for posting Joe.

Keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:12 pm 
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Wow, it's almost cartoon-like how the tree almost appears to set the airplane on the ground. What a lucky, lucky individual...

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:59 pm 
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Well THAT is going to rattle your teeth!

Glad to see the pilot and everyone on the ground OK.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:46 am 
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Shoot this is a lucky save! Must have been scary for a second in that cabin... only 10 degrees of flaps if I see well.. probably tried to extend the glide more then tried to hit slow... what do you think? (Hope I'm not in infringement of forum rules here, I just want to check my understanding of force landing procedure on the 172 with your personal/professional knowledge)


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:20 am 
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Based on the description from the witness, i think this might be a botched go-around, but it is very impossible to know without the investigation.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:19 pm 
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This was a technique used by WW1 pilots when they had no choice of where to land, for instance going down over a forested area. The impact speed of a stalled WW1 fighter could be as low as 20 mph if done correctly. And many a GA pilot has walked away from a crash by using the ability of trees to take a lot of the momentum out of a plane.

A couple of pilots I have met have deliberately steered their crashing planes into the tops of trees or taken the wings off by aiming between trees and walked away as a result. However I don't think this pilot was in enough control to actually aim for this tree it looks like sheer good luck.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:31 am 
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nojwod wrote:
This was a technique used by WW1 pilots when they had no choice of where to land, for instance going down over a forested area. The impact speed of a stalled WW1 fighter could be as low as 20 mph if done correctly. .


Exactly...here's one from my archives....


https://imgur.com/a/JhfM0

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:00 am 
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Now that's a real tree hugger ! lol
Great to hear no one was hurt.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:41 am 
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That qualifies as a good landing since the pilot can walk away, but it's not a great landing since he can't use the airplane again.

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