Police Rescue Pilot Who Crash Landed Moments Before A Train Obliterates His Plane

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Hephaestus

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Either incident; Sure hope he bought a lottery ticket today.

Together - dude really wasn't meant to die today.

Wow.
 

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This happened at my home airport. We were at lunch anhour away, and after we heard what had happened we drove right to the airport. They drove the crumpled and cut-in-half airplane down the ramp behind a fire truck while we were standing there, and the cops who had rescued the guy were all still parked in the airport parking lot. I heard several rumor/opinion/supposition stories... botched takeoff, engine out on takeoff, pilot simply stalled, LOC, etc. etc. The cause is TBD.

What I will say from 30 years' experience at this airport is that if you have a power out on takeoff and if there isn't enough runway left to slam it back down on the airport property..... those railroad tracks are in fact about the only good option. Everything else in the first half-mile past the airport fence is houses, machine shops, restaurants, auto dismantler junkyards, etc. Another coupleof thousand feet past that are sewage/water settling ponds off to the side that you can land without hurting anyone other than yourself. But the first 2000-2500 feet after the end of the runway is nothing but a very crowded street (San Fernando Rd.) and the railroad track right of way. The craash was parallel to the very end of the runway.

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WOW. I read about this a couple of days ago but didn't see the video until just now. I'm still waiting for my heart rate to go down.
 

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The plane that crashed used to be parked on the ramp a few spaces down from my hangar. One thing I did not see in the crash was a big poof of atomized fuel when the crash happened and I would of imagined that would be seen at impact. I am wondering if the tanks were very low. Also my A&P said the owner had problems in the past with water in the fuel before and boy did we have some serious rain a week or so prior. Not trying to sort this out, but just putting that out there based on the video and past knowledge of the plane.

That video is insane and glad they got him out in time and thankfully he was the only occupant. This morning the reporters were still at the scene doing follow up story's. I fear this will be another feather in the cap for those currently trying to get the airport closed. Those cops are Hero's and while this was a serious incident its nice to see the police get some good press for a job well done on the news. Hope the pilot makes a full recovery.
 

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The Real Estate vermin are already trying to use this to add fuel to their argument against the airport. I gave an interview today (by phone) to a local reporter (who someone recommended to call me for the "aviation" side of the story). So I gave him some common ense answers and let him know that the "real story" here is how unscrupulous people are using a simple accident to promote an agenda to steal an asset from the local community. We'll see....
 
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I congratulate all for a spectacular and successful rescue and even though the pilot seemed in severe pain , he was mere seconds from no pain at all . Gruesome and awesome all in one word . Things like this come from above , no pun intended .
 

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...Another couple of thousand feet past that are sewage/water settling ponds off to the side that you can land without hurting anyone other than yourself...
Makes me wonder how many pilots would rather die in a crash than land in a sewage pond. I bet there's a lot of government grant money available to create a study on that. Probably be in next year's budget.
 

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Makes me wonder how many pilots would rather die in a crash than land in a sewage pond. I bet there's a lot of government grant money available to create a study on that. Probably be in next year's budget.
I know a pilot who successfully did an emergency landing into (polluted) Boston Harbor ... he didn't have many injuries but spent 6 months clinging to life in the hospital because of all the infections from the foul water (some got in his lungs)

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The Real Estate vermin are already trying to use this to add fuel to their argument against the airport. I gave an interview today (by phone) to a local reporter (who someone recommended to call me for the "aviation" side of the story). So I gave him some common ense answers and let him know that the "real story" here is how unscrupulous people are using a simple accident to promote an agenda to steal an asset from the local community. We'll see....
We drove by that field (and the accident site) on our fall vacation to California. SWMBO even remembers the snarky remark I made as we were driving by. Man, that's a rough area. Little airplanes falling out of the air should be the least of anyone's worries...
 
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