Friday, 21 September 2012

A PILOT'S BAD DAY


Cessna lands minus propeller
From Flying Magazine

Watch the video: flyingmag

Peter’s Piece

This reminds me of a New Zealand ag-pilot in the 1950s who lost not just one blade of the propeller but also the entire engine.

At an altitude of 1,000 feet the Cessna 180 let go one blade and an instant later the remaining blade pulled the Continental engine out through the side of the cowling. With the center of gravity change came three quick loops and at the top of the last loop the pilot pulled on some flap. Seconds later he executed a feather-like three-point landing when the ground just happened to be in the right place.

All the damage was confined to the propeller, engine and cowling. Twenty-four hours later the aircraft and pilot were flying again.