Monday, July 8, 2013
TOO LOW AND TOO SLOW / SF COMMERCIAL PLANE CRASH
As a former Navy carrier pilot, I am acutely aware of the importance of the thrust, power and drag curve when landing. It appears, as the enclosed videos indicate, that the pilots realized too late that the commercial aircraft was too low and too slow to add power and gain altitude before the recent tragic crash at SF International airport: Allen L Roland
Having landed commercially at SF Airport countless times over the years, there is a few minute approach to the airport over water before landing which always reminds me of landing on the carrier as a Navy interceptor carrier pilot in the early 1960's.
As a Navy pilot, with over 150 all-weather landings, I was constantly aware of the thrust, power and drag curve as I maneuvered the plane for a landing on the carrier ~ always aware that if I got too low and too slow, the bottom would fall out of my ability to gain altitude by adding power, drag would prevail and the plane would stall and fall like a rock.
Here's an eyewitness report and video of the actual crash and a strong indication that the pilot was probably too low and too slow and vainly tried to abort the landing ~ two minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY_yA7eJXpE
And here crash survivor (Eugene Rah) comments on the last few moments of the flight and his awareness that the aircraft was too low and too slow and how he braced himself before the crash ~ http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2013/07/07/vo-plane-sf-plane-crash-on-cam.courtesy-fred-hayes#/video/us/2013/07/07/nr-sf-plane-crash-survivor-eugene-rah.cnn
"Flying is hours and hours of sheer boredom punctuated by seconds of stark terror." ~ Ernest Gann / Fate Is The Hunter
Allen L Roland
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