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Emergency landing near Haywards Bay

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A student pilot and his instructor have walked away unscathed after their light plane was forced to make an emergency landing in a paddock at Haywards Bay on Tuesday morning.

 

Story and pictures here.

 

 

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Thank God,fellow aviators live to tell.Good job and well done.

 

 

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Good job! Lucky they had a nice paddock handy. Landing in the surrounding hills may not have had such a good outcome.

 

 

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Just want to sigh with relief as my first inclination was, "Oh no, hope it's not a Jab". Did not feel up to another saga of Jab bashing.

 

 

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Shock cooling perhaps? It says they were practicing forced landings.

 

 

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At last!

 

The media gets it RIGHT.

 

It actually is a Cessna!

 

Well done. Great landing, although the local plod called it "he did fairly well". Faint praise indeed.

 

 

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Non better practice than a successful real one.

 

great outcome.

 

 

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Other than the long grass it was a great place to land. Huge flat paddock with a single tree in the middle. That is usually a magnet for aircraft & he missed it.

 

 

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From the non aviation witness. .

 

"It was going side to side, like as if the aeroplane didn't know whether to turn left or right, and then he just went straight down there [in the paddock]," the 40-year-old told the Mercury.

 

My take is that the aircraft was simply washing of speed and height....... and knew full well where they were going to land.

 

 

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I agree, I will bet he new the area well and was side slipping to get it just where he wanted it.

 

Officer plod might need a gentle slap on the pork chops for a dose of reality.

 

Should have said " the flight instructor did a professional forced landing, ensuring the safety of the public and calmly landed safely in a paddock."

 

 

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Should have said " the flight instructor did a professional forced landing, ensuring the safety of the public and calmly landed safely in a paddock."

 

Maybe he knows something we don't about the cause of the forced landing.

 

 

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So what part would the police know that is not apparent in the minimal facts presented?

 

It was a training flight.

 

They were practising procedures for forced landing.

 

The engine stopped for real and CASA called it engine failure. 

 

Given it was a instructor, we will assume they quickly did all the correct checks of mags, fuel etc, which they had been practising prior to engine failure.

 

They recognised the engine had failed. Thus it was a real event.

 

They continued to aviate then communicate a ",mayday".

 

They avoided all public ie didn't try to land in a house or road nor do anything silly like stall it when turning.

 

They picked the best available landing spot that was in glide range.

 

They ensured they cleared the houses and any possible obstacles like power lines.

 

The managed the speed and decent rate to avoid landing too short or long of the intended landing spot.

 

They did not become fixated with the tree in the paddock.

 

They executed a perfect landing.

 

They exited the aircraft once stopped.

 

The instructor and student are unharmed.

 

The aircraft is undamaged, subject to a careful check over and obviously determination of the cause of the engine failure. And rectification/ rebuild? Etc

 

The ATSB will determine why the engine failed.

 

Or are you assuming either the pilot in command made a significant error causing engine failure or the student did. And then told the police they caused the engine failure?

 

They ran out of fuel and told the plod as such?

 

Or that the plod due to his immense experience chasing cars, catching criminals and saving little old ladies from holigan bike riders. Was able to determine some fault  in piloting or that he would have done better. 

 

Or maybe I didn't read where he was a aviation expert?

 

Irrespective of the actual cause of failure, which is yet to be determined- they did exactly what they trained and executed it perfectly.

 

Maybe plod expected them to repel the forces of gravity as well.

 

 

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Or are you assuming either the pilot in command made a significant error causing engine failure or the student did. And then told the police they caused the engine failure?

 

They ran out of fuel and told the plod as such?

 

Or that the plod due to his immense experience chasing cars, catching criminals and saving little old ladies from holigan bike riders. Was able to determine some fault  in piloting or that he would have done better. 

 

Or maybe I didn't read where he was a aviation expert?

 

Irrespective of the actual cause of failure, which is yet to be determined- they did exactly what they trained and executed it perfectly.

 

Maybe plod expected them to repel the forces of gravity as well.

 

The point I was making that I didn't assume these things, or anything else about the cause of the incident until I am made aware of the facts.

 

And I wouldn't be surprised at all if the occupants of the aircraft told the people on the ground what happened, they usually do!

 

 

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