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04-22-2009 04:44 AM  10 years ago
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iflybyu77

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Oh stink, it's time to land. (Landing on city street)
Pretty amazing it came out this way...

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us...gency.land.affl
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04-22-2009 04:49 AM  10 years ago
Dood

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How were they so lucky to find no traffic?

Emergency landing or not, they get a big fine by the FAA for that, do they not?
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04-22-2009 04:50 AM  10 years ago
iflybyu77

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No fine if an emergency. No doubt they will be scrutinized and the cause of engine failure will be examined. They might have an issue there.. Sounded like fuel starvation.
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04-22-2009 04:59 AM  10 years ago
Sean Williams

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I would just love to see the look on the faces of the passing car drivers.
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04-22-2009 05:26 AM  10 years ago
Cambo

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COOL vid. thanks for posting
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04-22-2009 12:49 PM  10 years ago
ErichF (RIP)

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Edited because I think I was initially wrong.

Yeah, imagine that
Erich
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04-22-2009 02:45 PM  10 years ago
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I agree with Erich. That CFI is going to lose his ticket.
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04-22-2009 03:18 PM  10 years ago
Showstopper

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It looked to me that the guy really did not anticipate an engine out procedure. Why would you appear to be upset if you yourself shut the thing down. He did not even go to idle. It seemed to just quit. I don't know but I would think that if you were practicing and engine out procedure even if you were to shut the engine down wouldn't you at least pull the throttle back? Then if you did shut it down on purpose you would not start to appear upset about the whole thing. What ever happened the guy pulled off a great landing under the circumstance. Weather he looses his license or not I would be happy to be alive and the fact that no one else was hurt. Especially over an populated area like that.
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04-22-2009 03:23 PM  10 years ago
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04-22-2009 03:38 PM  10 years ago
ErichF (RIP)

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Having looked at the video again, the engine dies three times without either of them touching the keyswitch. This tells me it was not intentional and they had some issue keeping the engine running. It may very well have been fuel starvation or an issue with the engine mixture control.

I agree it was a great call and landing. I'm very surprised that there were no power lines or traffic lights crossing the road in that area. They got lucky in that respect.

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04-22-2009 04:41 PM  10 years ago
helibill

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That is unbelievable that they landed safely. I am currently working towards my PPL so I know what to look for in a forced landing and they had NOTHING to work with. There was water around them and residential areas, no place that they could land. I wish the video started off sooner so we could see more flying. For example, if he was flying over that area with no suitable landing spots, he should be at a high altitude for more time to find a landing spot. The video starts with him very low. However, maybe they just took off from a small airport and were climbing when this happened.

Edit: Found another video link and a better decription:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=945_1240357993
Raw video:April 21/09.WINTER HAVEN,As a flight instructor, Kyle Davis teaches his students how to make emergency landings. On Sunday, he got put to the test.

"I was incredibly lucky," Davis told FOX 13. "It was a whole bunch of luck and a little bit of experience."

Davis, and his passenger, a professional videographer, left Gilbert Field in Winter Haven around 10:30 a.m. They were on their w More..ay to the Sun 'N Fun Fly in, a 15-minute flight.

Since so many other planes were flying there as well, Davis's passenger told FOX 13 that they thought "it would be cool" to video their trip.

Just minutes after taking off, the engine conked out. Davis got it going again, then it stopped a second time. Then, a third.

"He was just awesome," said John Amundsen, who taught Davis to fly. "I just hope if I ever have a situation like that, I am as cool as Kyle was."

As the plane got closer and closer to the ground, Davis had to make a split-second decision. Land in a nearby lake, or on Havendale Boulevard -- one of Winter Haven's busiest streets.

For whatever reason, there was no traffic on his side of Havendale, so Davis set her down there.

Now people around the world are watching what happened on YouTube. By Tuesday, it had gotten thousands of hits.

Even though Davis may have nerves of steel, a number of words on the video are bleeped out.

"I was saying my prayers," Davis said. "I was saying my prayers."
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04-22-2009 10:43 PM  10 years ago
jcrack_corn

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omg....how can you guys vilify the pilot! I understand he will get in primo trouble if it was fuel starvation, BUT, to even consider that this was an engine out test/training is ridiculous. Look at the passenger, lol, his raw emotional response when they went down on the freeway was to start clapping like a school-girl. that guy was truly happy to be alive.

awesome skills, you can see the pilot continually scan the landscape from the moment the engine went out, great piece of on the fly planning.
He also managed 2 restarts in the span of seconds, while going down, while finding an improvised landing area, while minding public saftey.

I think many would have not even attempted the 2nd restart.
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04-22-2009 10:46 PM  10 years ago
jcrack_corn

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coasts into a parking lot....priceless.

what a stud.
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04-22-2009 10:54 PM  10 years ago
lfalsetto

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One possibility is contaminated fuel, I am sure that if he just took off he went through the checklist and checked fuel level and made sure the tanks were switched on correctly,
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04-22-2009 11:29 PM  10 years ago
derek533

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Awesome skills. At the very beginning, you can hear one ask the other if they can make it back like they had just taken off.
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04-22-2009 11:38 PM  10 years ago
helibill

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its a homebuilt aircraft I beleive... there's your problem.
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04-23-2009 12:28 AM  10 years ago
flyride

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I have been through flight school and when you practice your emergency landings you just cut the engine to idle and do not turn it off then pick your landing set up approach and then when you get close to the ground you throttle up and fly away. His was a dead stick and he was able to restart but it just wouldnt stay running. I think he did a great job at landing under that preasure.and the blonde said "RECTUM, Hell damn near killed em!!"
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04-23-2009 02:08 AM  10 years ago
gmcullan

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The fact that the aircraft may have been a homebuilt is not relevent to the issue of engine failure.

And I may point out that all of our helis, large and small, unless truly RTF out of the box, are also homebuilts.
Gerry Cullan,
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04-23-2009 02:10 AM  10 years ago
rcmike

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And I may point out that all of our helis, large and small, unless truly RTF out of the box, are also homebuilts.
Yep, and they crash all the time.
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04-23-2009 02:20 AM  10 years ago
helibill

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The fact that the aircraft may have been a homebuilt is not relevent to the issue of engine failure.
Can you explain to me why not?

Here's a little FAQ on homebuilts: http://www.wanttaja.com/avlinks/FAQ.HTM

Your statement of homebuilt relevance is not valid. How are you are able to rule anything out before a formal investigation has been done. Some homebuilts could be built and maintained to lesser standards than other certified type aircraft.
And I may point out that all of our helis, large and small, unless truly RTF out of the box, are also homebuilts.
Apples & oranges
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