Tried to stretch the glide by pulling the nose up, hoping the engine would wake up and get him out of there. The result was a pancake landing that's awfully hard on the spine. The experts say that for a ditching, you should set the glide speed and stay well above stall in touchdown so avoid the nose dropping and digging in. See
Orion,Orion said:A stall, especially a tip stall, this low and this slow would have been followed by a nose-over and a lawn-dart type of impact.
Duncan,Fascinating. This is the first time I've actually seen (from the outside) what a stall looks like.
That's what I see. He didn't establish the best glide speed earlier and ended up low over the trees. And he managed to keep it level, right on the edge of the stall but with a horrific sink rate at the end.Interestingly, the plane (when it first appears on the video) is already very low, and traveling very slowly. Which begs the question of how long prior to this footage had the pilot been struggling to make it over the trees to a safer landing site.
Perhaps he had initiated the correct procedure some time before, and just couldn't eke out the required distance. And so tried to squeeze out a few more feet by keeping the plane on the verge of stalling just long enough to make the relative safety of the water. If this is the case, it would have been better had he initiated this with more altitude, of course. But hindsight is never wrong...
And airliners have a much better L/D ratio than light airplanes. Sully would have had extensive training in all phases of flight, including ditchings on the big simulators, I'm sure.Captain Sully did a good ditching his airliner. Sully may have had more glider time than this pilot.