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(AZCentral)   Not news: small plane goes down over the gulf. Scary news: take a look at his flightpath   (azcentral.com) divider line 189
    More: Sad, F-15, NORAD, pilot report, slidell, Cessna, The Lost Pilot  
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2012-04-19 05:20:00 PM  
First thing that came to mind:
4.bp.blogspot.com

Don't fly after
 
2012-04-19 05:28:38 PM  
Back in the old days planes would do spins like that to drop altitude while reducing the risk of running into something. Looks pretty deliberate to me. After all, the guy had enough control to survive.
 
2012-04-19 05:28:58 PM  
Maybe he left it on autopilot and bailed so he could fake his own death?
 
2012-04-19 05:31:39 PM  
New Orleans has had F-15s doing fly-overs all damnday, scaring the crap out of my dogs.

I assume these are scrambled in the event a plane deviates from its flight plan; an anti-terrorism measure.

I'm curious if this is a multi-state thing. Any other Gulf Coast farkers experience this?
 
2012-04-19 05:32:34 PM  

doyner: Back in the old days planes would do spins like that to drop altitude while reducing the risk of running into something. Looks pretty deliberate to me. After all, the guy had enough control to survive.


That could also look like someone flying IFR who wasn't used to it and went into a cloud bank, right?

/not a pilot
 
2012-04-19 05:33:40 PM  

doyner: Back in the old days planes would do spins like that to drop altitude while reducing the risk of running into something. Looks pretty deliberate to me. After all, the guy had enough control to survive.


Can I buy some pot from you? I'm no pilot, but it's pretty clear this was a plane just stuck in whatever trim it was in when he lost consciousness for whatever reason. Also, there is absolutely no indication that he is alive, in fact I'd shiat bricks if he was.
 
2012-04-19 05:34:39 PM  

gilgigamesh: New Orleans has had F-15s doing fly-overs all damnday, scaring the crap out of my dogs.

I assume these are scrambled in the event a plane deviates from its flight plan; an anti-terrorism measure.

I'm curious if this is a multi-state thing. Any other Gulf Coast farkers experience this?


The Blue Angels have been up a bit today. It's Navy Week, you know. They have an airshow on Saturday. I think I hear them right now, in fact.
 
2012-04-19 05:36:03 PM  
This guy wasn't flying that plane. He was out from hypoxia or dead.
 
2012-04-19 05:39:17 PM  

nekom: Also, there is absolutely no indication that he is alive, in fact I'd shiat bricks if he was.


Well, if he's alive at this point he has gills or something, because he is currently 1500 feet under the GOM.
 
2012-04-19 05:39:58 PM  

nekom: doyner: Back in the old days planes would do spins like that to drop altitude while reducing the risk of running into something. Looks pretty deliberate to me. After all, the guy had enough control to survive.

Can I buy some pot from you? I'm no pilot, but it's pretty clear this was a plane just stuck in whatever trim it was in when he lost consciousness for whatever reason. Also, there is absolutely no indication that he is alive, in fact I'd shiat bricks if he was.


FTFA: "Coast Guard crews saw no signs Thursday that the pilot of a small plane survived when his Cessna went down in the Gulf of Mexico about three hours after two F-15 fighter jets tried to make contact with him.

I missed the "no." I need some farking glasses.
 
2012-04-19 05:40:46 PM  
I doubt they'll find anything, the investigation's going round in circles.
 
2012-04-19 05:41:01 PM  

gilgigamesh: Well, if he's alive at this point he has gills or something, because he is currently 1500 feet under the GOM.


Yeah, I'd actually be surprised if he were alive an hour before he ran out of gas, given what's been reported. Sounds like either decompression or he had a heart attack or something. There is no way he was in control of that aircraft when it started doing loops, he was either dead or unconscious.
 
2012-04-19 05:41:36 PM  
aneeshchaganty.files.wordpress.com

I found a picture of the pilot.
 
2012-04-19 05:41:55 PM  
Oh, the things you can do with your Spirograph!
 
2012-04-19 05:42:09 PM  

doyner: I missed the "no." I need some farking glasses.


Or some coffee. Most of the time when I misread something, lack of coffee is to blame.
 
2012-04-19 05:42:59 PM  
i582.photobucket.com
 
2012-04-19 05:43:07 PM  

Nabb1: The Blue Angels have been up a bit today. It's Navy Week, you know. They have an airshow on Saturday. I think I hear them right now, in fact.


Oh of course! I completely forgot about that.

I had jury duty today and skipped home after instead of going back to work.

They've been zipping all over Gentilly for hours and my poor dogs are going nuts. They have had their fill of Navy week I think.
 
2012-04-19 05:43:15 PM  

nekom: gilgigamesh: Well, if he's alive at this point he has gills or something, because he is currently 1500 feet under the GOM.

Yeah, I'd actually be surprised if he were alive an hour before he ran out of gas, given what's been reported. Sounds like either decompression or he had a heart attack or something. There is no way he was in control of that aircraft when it started doing loops, he was either dead or unconscious.


Or at least very dizzy
 
2012-04-19 05:44:07 PM  

nekom: doyner: I missed the "no." I need some farking glasses.

Or some coffee. Most of the time when I misread something, lack of coffee is to blame.


Everything I read after that sentence was colored by that misinterpretation. Fark me. I wish it were blamable on some substance (or the lack thereof).
 
2012-04-19 05:44:27 PM  
"Well, honey, I pulled over to ask for directions like you said, and look what happened!"
 
2012-04-19 05:44:49 PM  
The flight path looks to me that he was probably passed out (as others have said in this thread) and looks like one foot got a little too heavy, adjusting the tail on the plane..
 
2012-04-19 05:45:26 PM  
I thought it was gonna be a smiley face or cock-and-balls or something. Subby got my hopes far too high.
 
2012-04-19 05:45:35 PM  
Hendricks family approves.
 
2012-04-19 05:45:37 PM  
It's an entirely different kind of flying, altogether.
 
2012-04-19 05:45:51 PM  
Isn't the celing for a Cessna around 15,000 feet? And he was at around 25,000 feet?

Can someone answer this? I'm tarded I think,
 
2012-04-19 05:46:08 PM  
According to Fox News' Peter Doocy on Twitter: "NORAD wouldnt answer Q's about whether or not they will take down unresponsive plane if it threatens civilian areas, but they are monitoring"

Way to find the fear angle in this, Pete.
 
2012-04-19 05:46:38 PM  
Doctors make THE shiatTIEST pilots...
 
2012-04-19 05:47:49 PM  

tgambitg: The flight path looks to me that he was probably passed out (as others have said in this thread) and looks like one foot got a little too heavy, adjusting the tail on the plane..


Plus, the windows were iced over - a sure sign of depressurization.

Payne Stewart crash
 
2012-04-19 05:47:57 PM  

TimonC346: Isn't the celing for a Cessna around 15,000 feet? And he was at around 25,000 feet?

Can someone answer this? I'm tarded I think,


This Cessna is a light twin with a pressurized cabin. Service ceiling is about 28,000 feet I think.
 
2012-04-19 05:48:00 PM  

Captain_Ballbeard: Hendricks family approves.


So does Payne Stewart.
 
2012-04-19 05:48:20 PM  

antidisestablishmentarianism: First thing that came to mind:
[4.bp.blogspot.com image 338x400]

Don't fly after


What about the crack cocaine spider?
 
2012-04-19 05:49:00 PM  

frenchcheesemuseum: [i582.photobucket.com image 411x264]


That's messed up. There were children on the plane?!?
 
2012-04-19 05:49:03 PM  

Rapmaster2000: According to Fox News' Peter Doocy on Twitter: "NORAD wouldnt answer Q's about whether or not they will take down unresponsive plane if it threatens civilian areas, but they are monitoring"

Way to find the fear angle in this, Pete.


This is clearly Obama's fault.
 
2012-04-19 05:49:06 PM  

mc_madness: Doctors make THE shiatTIEST pilots...


I thought the Beechcraft Bonanza was the usual killer of doctors.
 
2012-04-19 05:49:29 PM  

Rapmaster2000: According to Fox News' Peter Doocy on Twitter: "NORAD wouldnt answer Q's about whether or not they will take down unresponsive plane if it threatens civilian areas, but they are monitoring"

Way to find the fear angle in this, Pete.


Really now. Wouldn't surprise me if by "wouldn't answer", NORAD meant "What a stupid question. You go away now."
 
2012-04-19 05:50:10 PM  
Air Force pilots said the plane was at 28K and the windows were fogged or frosted over. Sounds like a sudden loss of cabin pressure at altitude and unconsciousness/death from hypoxia.
 
2012-04-19 05:50:53 PM  

TimonC346: Isn't the celing for a Cessna around 15,000 feet? And he was at around 25,000 feet?

Can someone answer this? I'm tarded I think,


The 421 model mentioned in the article has a pressurized cabin and turbocharged engines, and according to Cessna, has a 30,000ft service ceiling.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-04-19 05:51:14 PM  

Old_Chief_Scott: TimonC346: Isn't the celing for a Cessna around 15,000 feet? And he was at around 25,000 feet?

Can someone answer this? I'm tarded I think,

This Cessna is a light twin with a pressurized cabin. Service ceiling is about 28,000 feet I think.


From Wikipedia:

Performance

Maximum speed: 256 knots (475 km/h, 295 mph) at 20,000 ft (6,100 m)
Cruise speed: 240 knots (444 km/h, 276 mph) at 25,000 ft (7,600 m) (75% power)
Range: 1,487 nmi (2,755 km, 1,712 miles)
Service ceiling: 30,200 ft (9,205 m)
Rate of climb: 1,940 ft/min (9.9 m/s)


Except, if the cockpit was frosted, this one wasn't pressurized anymore. Definitely was at one time, but not anymore.
 
2012-04-19 05:51:44 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Oh, the things you can do with your Spirograph!


That's the first thing I thought of. Low-tech toy for those of us born before electronics ruled kid's lives.
 
2012-04-19 05:51:58 PM  
from this reenactment

sixmeatbuffet.com

When the heart attack started his right hand jerked upwards, putting the plane in a left turn
 
2012-04-19 05:52:17 PM  
First thing that came to mind:

godparticle.net
 
2012-04-19 05:52:23 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Way to find the fear angle in this, Pete.


this is what they do.

i remember a few years ago, some tanker truck went missing. fox news went into full panic mode and was showing blast radii and offering casualty predictions. turns out it was stolen by a couple of teenagers for a joy ride.
 
2012-04-19 05:53:15 PM  

Wenchmaster: Air Force pilots said the plane was at 28K and the windows were fogged or frosted over. Sounds like a sudden loss of cabin pressure at altitude and unconsciousness/death from hypoxia.


I asked this in a redlit thread about this, does this model not have an O2 mask? Is there a way that decompression can happen and a pilot would just `not notice' it until he passed out and it was too late? If a commercial airliner experiences decompression (unless it's violent), correct me if I'm wrong but the masks come down, the pilot descends and everything is fine if the bird is in otherwise good shape, right? Do small general aviation aircraft not have these things?
 
2012-04-19 05:53:34 PM  

dramboxf: That could also look like someone flying IFR who wasn't used to it and went into a cloud bank, right?


You mean he was on instruments?

lh4.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-04-19 05:54:05 PM  
1.bp.blogspot.com

does not approve of this airline
 
2012-04-19 05:54:55 PM  

TimonC346: Isn't the celing for a Cessna around 15,000 feet? And he was at around 25,000 feet?

Can someone answer this? I'm tarded I think,


I think that model has a ceiling of 30,500 or so. This looks like a failure of the pressurization system leading to hypoxia. I'd guess that the spiral pattern in either a function of the plane being on autopilot or the pilot unconscious/dead "frozen" (maybe literally, since he was between 25 and 35,000) at the controls.

Similar to what happened to Payne Stewart.
 
2012-04-19 05:55:04 PM  

FlashHarry: Rapmaster2000: Way to find the fear angle in this, Pete.

this is what they do.

i remember a few years ago, some tanker truck went missing. fox news went into full panic mode and was showing blast radii and offering casualty predictions. turns out it was stolen by a couple of teenagers for a joy ride.


A tanker truck? Did somebody catch "Cobra" late night on AMC and think you could create a massive fireball by shooting a tanker with a twelve-gauge at 100 yards.

/yes, that was the scene if you've never seen it
//not the most realistic movie
 
2012-04-19 05:55:09 PM  
Michael Douglas throws brick of pot on fire*
God I love you fly boys.
 
2012-04-19 05:55:09 PM  
I glad he was turning left. If it had been the other way, we'd be fark deep in "all right" jokes by now.
 
2012-04-19 05:55:27 PM  
Didn't the same thing happen to JFK Jr and some golf guy?
 
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