Choice Words For A Forced Landing

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Every pilot has the message drummed into him or her that if it suddenly goes quiet, they must “aviate, navigate, communicate” and “fly the airplane.” A Taiwanese pilot of a two-seat aircraft epitomized those qualities during a recent off-airport landing that was naturally captured from start to finish by his passenger’s cellphone. Many of the shots from the right seat show the perfectly centered prop just beyond the windscreen and others show the steely nerved pilot’s concentration on getting them down safely.

Fortunately, they had plenty of altitude and a nice, level sandbar in the middle of a river presented itself. The pilot performs a nice approach with a firm but presentable arrival. It’s what happens afterward that has gathered some interest and laughs. Much of the dialogue is in Chinese but in there are some universal language F bombs (bleeped) in this one so careful where you watch it. It’s not the swearing that makes it funny. Catch the pilot’s withering look as his passenger launches into a “could have been worse” speech.

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Comments (8)

Russ, you might want to check the priority order for emergency situations. I don't teach it the way you've written this.
Neil Robinson

Posted by: Neil Robinson | May 1, 2017 12:31 AM    Report this comment

Russ, you might want to re-edit the article for the priority of emergency actions. I teach: Aviate, navigate, communicate. Just like this Taiwanese pilot did (complete with his authentic jargon).
Neil Robinson

Posted by: Neil Robinson | May 1, 2017 12:36 AM    Report this comment

Russ, you might want to re-edit the article for the priority of emergency actions. I teach: Aviate, navigate, communicate. Just like this Taiwanese pilot did (complete with his authentic jargon).
Neil Robinson

Posted by: Neil Robinson | May 1, 2017 12:36 AM    Report this comment

NO!!! Aviate, Navigate, Communicate. In that order. Period. Full stop. You won't be talking long to anyone if you forget to fly the plane first.

Posted by: David Comarow | May 1, 2017 9:32 AM    Report this comment

Did anyone else catch this comment from the pilot after the landing: "I told him this plane was not..."

Told who the plane was not what? Perhaps this incident may have been avoided entirely...

Posted by: Mark Sletten | May 1, 2017 9:57 AM    Report this comment

Also...

'The prop remained perfectly still throughout the incident' indicates that there was NO attempt to restart during the stable glide.

WHY???

Did the pilot believe and/or verify that the engine completely seized... or was he just rattled and didn't try restart?

Posted by: WK Taylor | May 3, 2017 12:22 PM    Report this comment

Also...

'The prop remained perfectly centered during the glide' indicates to me that there was NO attempted re-start.

WHY?

Did the pilot verify engine seizure... or was he just rattled and forgot to try re-start?

Posted by: WK Taylor | May 3, 2017 12:26 PM    Report this comment

Yes, I did what a pilot should do, attempting to re-start but unfortunately it wouldn't work. The passenger who started to record is after my unsuccessful attempt. My cruising altitude is 3000 feet, check the video at the 13 seconds, I have already descended to 2300 feet. The VSI shows I have 900 feet per minute descending rate.

Posted by: Ric Lu | May 3, 2017 8:44 PM    Report this comment

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