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San Francisco crash

2013-07-08 17:57:59.773423+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-08 22:29:44.943615+00 by: Dan Lyke

Cell phone video of the crash. Looks like it was stalled into the water and had already lost quite a bit of speed when the aircraft hit land.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-09 17:41:54.959379+00 by: Dan Lyke

Fascinating: How do YOU land at San Francisco International Airport?

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-09 22:07:09.933176+00 by: meuon

I was hanging with some "bush" and "professional" pilots last week in Alaska right after this happened, they had little good to say about pilots from that part of the world. Yes, it's amazingly difficult, but the people that do this well are amazingly well trained and competent.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-07-09 22:21:35.465538+00 by: Dan Lyke

I think it's way too early for those of us who get our news from "the media" to be second-guessing, and I'm sure the NTSB will do a really good accident report, but when I've hit the terrain in front of the runway in FlightGear or Microsoft Flight Simulator, it's that I've come in too hot and high, seen that in the VASI lights, throttled back and dived to correct, over-corrected, and hit the landscape while waiting for the engines to spool back up.

But if you're actually flying with a First Officer and a flight plan and check list, the only reason I can see to do that is a fuel emergency or something else that makes a missed approach fatal.