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Video: A Crash Landing From The Pilot's Point Of View


Talk about a crash landing. While flying over Cleveland National Forest, Larry E. Hockensmith, a student glider pilot and licensed power pilot of almost 40 years, thought he was going in for a smooth landing. Unfortunately, he didn't notice the nearby mailbox, which caught the right wing of the sailplane about 8 inches from the tip.

While many would be embarrassed about the guffaw, Hockensmith instead is choosing to own up to his mistake of lingering on the "lee-side of a ridge over rough terrain," and to make the crash into a learning experience. Not only did his soaring club host a safety meeting where they watched the full 16-minute video and participated in discussions, but Hockensmith also posted the video to the YouTube community, asking them how they thought the differences between the training of a power pilot and glider pilot could have affected the outcome.

"Going into that turn I wanted to make sure I did not stall and added a bit too much airspeed," Hockensmith explains. "Next time, hitting the spoilers, dropping airspeed and putting the skid down fast might produce a better outcome."

If you found this interesting, the pilot will be posting more videos on this in the near future. You can click here to follow his YouTube account.

Filed under: Learning, Stories, North America, United States, Video, Transportation

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