There was one a while back like that in England. Military crew ended up in prison if I recall correctly for negligent homicide or something along those lines.Especially the ones where the pilot is trying to impress the ground-pounders. Ooops. Guy will probably wish he were dead, after the CO gets done with him.
I always though that (at least in the Dutch airforce), the pilot/gunner was the same, while the commander did the navigation and long-range weapons? Is this different in the USAAF, or did I just remember it wrong?The misjudgement was hot-dogging over the COB. But yes, probably a combination of the thin air and snow covered ground throwing off depth perception contributed to the crash.
That pilot's (AH's only have one PIC pilot, the other crew is a subordinate, a gunner) career is as crashed as that Apache. REALLY lucky lucky that no one was killed on the ground. Did you see guy barely missed by the tail rotor and all the people down range like bowling pins? Amazingly lucky. That will probably keep him out of jail, but he's going to need to look for another line of work.
Very good point Jake.........they could have missed the ground and flew back to base had they chose to overtourque the A/C (Pull more power than what you are supposed to based on the written limits).......
True words; unfortunately. Many things are so ingrained in the pilots brain that we do things in emergencies that - in hindsight - are incomprehensible.the problem is that preventing an overtourque is so ingrained in an army pilots psyche that 9 times out of 10 he will crash rather than pull power above that limit.
That might very well be the case. I've once had a (downwind) finish in a Janus, at VNE (120 kts). I pulled up at something like 3-4G's and scared the *beep* out of myself by having a high-speed stall and finding myself around 20 kts slower as I would have though. Those lower 50-100 ft of atmospheric boundary layer can make a lot of difference...I wonder if many cases of crashing in the low level turn are in fact due to this effect ? The old 'downwind turn myth' is regularly 'debunked' with references to a bird flying inside a C5A or some other arguments based on reference frames to 'prove' that there is no effect on the aircraft regardless of wind speed --which is true ONLY if there is no wind GRADIENT . Many crop dusters swear by the "downwind turn" effect but the difference is that they are operating right in the wind gradient zone and doing thousands of both into wind and downwind turns and alternate climbing and diving with each wind direction.