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Somewhat OT for Scott: "geezer" lands plane on road



 
 
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Old February 8th 07, 05:37 PM posted to rec.autos.driving
Brent P[_1_]
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Default Somewhat OT for Scott: "geezer" lands plane on road


Via fark.com

http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...250632,00.html

A pensioner attempting to land a plane mistook a road for the runway, an
accident report says.

He only noticed his mistake when he hit a speed bump.

The pilot believed he had found the landing strip despite noticing "a
kerb to the side and lamp posts to his left", the report continues.

The 68-year-old, who has not been named, was an experienced private pilot
who had clocked up more than 1,000 hours in the air over the years.


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Old February 8th 07, 05:54 PM posted to rec.autos.driving
Eeyore
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Default Somewhat OT for Scott: "geezer" lands plane on road



Brent P wrote:

> Via fark.com
>
> http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...250632,00.html
>
> A pensioner attempting to land a plane mistook a road for the runway, an
> accident report says.
>
> He only noticed his mistake when he hit a speed bump.
>
> The pilot believed he had found the landing strip despite noticing "a
> kerb to the side and lamp posts to his left", the report continues.
>
> The 68-year-old, who has not been named, was an experienced private pilot
> who had clocked up more than 1,000 hours in the air over the years.


Sounds like he could have used a GPS navigational aid.

Graham


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Old February 8th 07, 06:55 PM posted to rec.autos.driving
Larry Bud
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Default Somewhat OT for Scott: "geezer" lands plane on road

On Feb 8, 12:37 pm, (Brent P)
wrote:
> Via fark.com
>
> http://news.sky.com/skynews/article/...250632,00.html
>
> A pensioner attempting to land a plane mistook a road for the runway, an
> accident report says.


I don't know about UK small craft laws, but the FAA would ground this
guy for sure after an incident like this. That's why so few of
these events occur.

I have an audio recording of an air traffic controller trying to give
directions to a guy in a small plane. The pilot didn't sound like he
was a geezer, but boy was he confused, adh te ATC guy was ****ED OFF.


 




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