Choice Words For A Forced Landing
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.