- Aug 8, 2009
Last night's TV news had a quick video of a straight tail 172 landing on a city street, reportedly out of gas. It rolled to the right 20 degrees at about 20 feet altitude and wrecked the airplane but nobody got hurt. You can't tell whether he stalled one wing accidentally or was turning to not land on a car. Near Orlando somewhere.
The wing drop may have been because it hit the light pole. Don’t know just heard a comment.
My old time CFI emphasized the importance of picking a field over the road that “looks like a runway but it is not”.
I expect to see a rash of “road landings” with some serious fires and multiple deaths. Modern CFIs accept the road landing alternative because no one is allowed to complete the road landing and the maneuver ends at 1,000 feet AGL. Compounding that is the overlying Class B airspace that forces pilots to a low altitude over densely populated areas.