- Feb 10, 2011
- Columbus, GA and Albuquerque, NM
I think it was pretty obvious that he couldn't maintain altitude much less climb out. Remember he was 5 miles downrange, not at the end of the runway. If he'd tried to keep it horizontal with rudder he would have been flat slipping and bled even more airspeed than "letting" it roll. AND he would probably have missed the river.