Idaho plane crash survivor captures harrowing experience on video; footage spreads online

  • Article by: JESSIE L. BONNER and TODD DVORAK , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 10, 2012 - 12:08 PM
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cessna_172Aug. 10, 1212:19 PM

While it is great that they all survived this is the direct fault of the pilot. A simple weight/balance calculation would have prevented this. The weight/balance along with taking the density altitude would prevented this. While they all survived there is a saying in aviation, "We are not inventing enw ways to kill ourselves..." Completly preventale and foolish.

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robxjpilotAug. 10, 1212:34 PM

Agreed! This had nothing to do with "air pockets" as the media reported. It was poor planning and bad decision making by the pilot. The pilot had numerous warnings and opportunities to abort the take off and or land the plane once it failed to climb. He choose to fly over several good clear landing spots and instead flew into the forest instead. Glad they are all ok.

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fatredneckAug. 10, 12 2:15 PM

I fly myself, and the first thing you do when planning a flight is check the temperature and the density altitude of your location. That's to see if the air is dense enough to support your airplane as it is loaded. This idiot obviously skipped that. But then it got worse. On takeoff, he obviously couldn't get the plane off the runway. He completely ran out of regular prepared runway by 1:00 and actually kept trying to take off from the grass beyond. That is beyond idiocy. He should have safely had the airplane stopped before he even ran out of runway. At the very least, he should have stopped the airplane before he was barely able to take off from the grass beyond the runway. But this brainiac insisted on pushing the envelope, and forced the airplane into the air via off-roading. Yet it still gets even worse. It was beyond obvious from that point onwards that the airplane was barely in the air from ground effect, with almost no gain in altitude at all. If you listen, you can hear the stall warning horn in the background almost the whole time, warning that the plane is just barely able to stay in the air at all. A sensible pilot would have looked at all of that lovely flat ground before those trees and put the plane down safely. But not the genius in this video, who just kept pushing and hoping and playing with the lives of his passengers, who doubtless believed themselves in safe, capable hands. That pilot, if he can be so called, has no business flying anything. I sincerely hope the FAA pulls his license and penalizes him most severely for putting his passengers at risk through the grossest violations of the most basic principles of airmanship. Nothing in this video has any excuse for ever happening in aviation.

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jload027Aug. 10, 12 2:22 PM

cessna and robx - just interested - what should he have done about the weight balance? Does that mean that he should have moved more weight to the back of the plane? How does the air density factor in as well? Would a pilot normally not take off under these conditions? Thanks!

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mylittleidAug. 11, 12 4:56 PM

Pretty clear case of poor judgement on the pilot's part. It's amazing that no one was killed. And it's a shame that a beautiful airplane was destroyed.

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