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Seaplane Hard Landing After Flying Too Low

Unread postby jjbaker » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:55 am

A pilot had to make a hard landing on the Tennessee River in Decatur Thursday afternoon after flying too low.

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AL.com news partner WHNT News 19 reports that the pilot, who is from Chattanooga, was doing survey work in the area when his amphibious plane went too low, forcing him to land it on the water just off the Hudson Bridge leading into Decatur. When he tried to restart the plane, it would not start.

Both the pilot and his sole passenger were uninjured. The plane was towed to shore by emergency responders, who are helping the pilot obtain a new battery to fly back home.


Source: http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index ... ing_o.html
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Re: Seaplane Hard Landing After Flying Too Low

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:25 am

I've had that happen in the Adirondacks. I was so low over some of those off limit lakes that for safety reasons I had to land. After you hit ground effect air you have to stop and check for damage ;-)

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Re: Seaplane Hard Landing After Flying Too Low

Unread postby jjbaker » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:59 am

So its a precautionary landing for safety purposes. Did you need a new battery, too?
I hate it when my aircraft decides to fly low and then forces me to land.
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Re: Seaplane Hard Landing After Flying Too Low

Unread postby RKittine » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:26 pm

Sounds like a "Controlled Crash" as many of us called a hard landing in the past.

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Re: Seaplane Hard Landing After Flying Too Low

Unread postby Stevesbrother » Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:13 pm

OY ! I won't even start tonite
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