RKittine wrote:Glad no one was badly hurt. J.J., does this one constitute a "Crash"?
Maybe you're irritated because I attack the press for its poor and sensationalism driven reporting of so many incidents and accidents.
Trying to imagine how this went down in BC.
Reporter: Mr. Tribes, what happened here? Give us some information for our readers!
Mr. Tribes: Well, the smoking pile of scrapmetal here flopped on the ground and the people crawled out of it. Then it caught fire.
Reporter: Yes, yes. Was anybody hurt?
Mr. Tribes: No. They're all sitting over there. A bit shaken up, but otherwise fine.
Reporters: We've heard that these airplanes crash and burn a lot. Can you confirm that?
Mr. Tribes: No. This is the first crash of this kind I have seen.
Reporters: Ah, so you can confirm that there have been many crashes, but you didn't see them?!
Mr. Tribes: That's not what I said.
Reporter: Do you know if a flight plan was filed?
Mr. Tribes: Not that I am aware of.
Reporter notes "No flightplan was filed"
Reporter: We have information stating that the pilot was violent towards the mole in his backyard. Can you confirm this?
Mr. Tribes: Do you know anyone who isn't violent towards the mole in their backyard?
Reporter notes: Pilot emotionally unstable and violent.
10 more stupid questions which Mr. Tribes has no answers to.
Reporter: You know, our readers want to know what happened here. We can't just write that it was just a crash and nobody was hurt.
Mr. Tribes: I told you what I know. Go over there and ask the pilot.
Reporter thinks: "God forbid! Don't spoil a good headline with facts!"
Reporter: Any wild speculation as to what happened here? Anything?
Mr. Tribes: Pound sand you moron, I've got work to do.
The reporter then fills the remaining space with "The officer refused to speculate".
I would have done it differently. I own a forum for seaplane pilots, so OBVIOUSLY I am an expert.
Then I would tell him that this type of aircraft is usually equipped with a SIPS Siemens Impact Prevention System
and that the air-hook which was supposed to catch the aircraft 10 feet over the ground failed. Since this air-hook arrests system failed prior to impact, the egress ladder system, which allows passengers and pilots to exit the aircraft safely could not extend in time. As a result, unfortunately, the passengers had to remain in the cabin during the impact.
Due to this failure, the pilot (who had not filed a flight plan and hence didn't know about the water 50 feet away) wasn't able to prevent the impact. After impact the APDS (Advanced Passenger Disembarkation System) pinched the passengers back to consciousness and triggered them to crawl away from the wreckage. Afterwards the EDFA (Evidence Destruction Fire Accelerator) System kicked in and burned the evidence. Yes, that EDFA system was optional equipment in these aircraft, because they crash a lot and nobody wanted anyone else to find any evidence.
Ergo. Yes. It was a crash. In the time it took me to write this, some 90 people died in car accidents on this planet.
With any further questions, I'd refer to Seaplane Pilots Association which has experienced subject matter experts on staff.
Maybe Captain Suzuki will provide some further information. As we know he just crashed due to a mis-configuration in his prescription strength windshield.