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(The Australian)   If your father and brother are killed in a plane crash, you shouldn't find, restore, and fly that model of incredibly rare plane, because it probably hates your family. Hey, at least it gave you a second chance   (theaustralian.com.au) divider line 26
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2012-10-03 09:02:03 AM
Dingos ate them, baby.
 
2012-10-03 09:03:06 AM
Article was difficult to read.
 
2012-10-03 09:06:46 AM
Was the airplane named Christine?
 
2012-10-03 09:07:03 AM
Article is way out of date. They found the wreckage earlier, and confirmed no survivors.

There were three "elderly" couples on board, including the pilot.
 
2012-10-03 09:07:03 AM
Found them, all six dead apparently. Sad. What a goofy looking plane, though.
 
2012-10-03 09:09:14 AM
Outdated article is outdated. I'm afraid the "missing" pilot has already been found, along with all his passengers, and none survived:

http://www.frasercoastchronicle.com.au/story/2012/10/03/ground-searc h- begins-missing/

Weird detail is that the plane that just crashed apparently contained parts from a third Dragon, also owned by and crashed by his Dad, but nonfatally.
 
2012-10-03 09:13:41 AM
A distress call from Mr Porter shortly after 1pm (AEST) today was picked up by a Nine Network helicopter pilot.

Mr Porter said he was having difficulty positioning himself and wanted assistance, the Nine pilot said.


I think this is more a lesson in why you dont let 70 year olds fly planes... or drive cars, for that matter.
 
2012-10-03 09:17:21 AM

Alonjar: A distress call from Mr Porter shortly after 1pm (AEST) today was picked up by a Nine Network helicopter pilot.

Mr Porter said he was having difficulty positioning himself and wanted assistance, the Nine pilot said.

I think this is more a lesson in why you dont let 70 year olds fly planes... or drive cars, for that matter.


He flew the plane fine, at least until it crashed into the ground.
 
2012-10-03 09:21:38 AM
Final Destination?
 
2012-10-03 09:44:09 AM

Alonjar: A distress call from Mr Porter shortly after 1pm (AEST) today was picked up by a Nine Network helicopter pilot.

Mr Porter said he was having difficulty positioning himself and wanted assistance, the Nine pilot said.

I think this is more a lesson in why you dont let 70 year olds fly planes... or drive cars, for that matter.


Meh. My dad flies a plane, and he's 75.

Of course, it's a single place aircraft, so barring him hitting someone very unlucky in the event of a crash, he'd only be hurting himself.
 
2012-10-03 09:45:43 AM
"It's terrible, they were absolutely lovely people."

Well, not anymore...
 
2012-10-03 10:13:28 AM
Dragon, it's Australian for "plane crash."
 
2012-10-03 10:14:16 AM
This particular model is rare, specifically because so many of them have crashed and the rest were scrapped. DeHaviland made really shiatty aircraft. The manufacturer has the highest rate of "catastrophic structural failures" of any other aircraft manufacturer in history.
 
gja [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 10:16:16 AM
My guess is that they dies on impact. Not likely that it would drag-on.

/bad pun, I know...bracing for backlash
 
gja [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 10:29:24 AM

Deathfrogg: This particular model is rare, specifically because so many of them have crashed and the rest were scrapped. DeHaviland made really shiatty aircraft. The manufacturer has the highest rate of "catastrophic structural failures" of any other aircraft manufacturer in history.


Wow. I fly and I had no idea they were THAT bad. To be lowest on the totem pole really takes some doing because there are some really shiaty airframes out there.
 
2012-10-03 10:32:50 AM
They were trying to fly in a model airplane? I think I found the problem.
 
2012-10-03 10:33:41 AM

Deathfrogg: DeHaviland made really shiatty aircraft.


They did make rather attractive birds, though:

www.nndb.com
 
2012-10-03 11:04:10 AM
...Queensland were killed in the 1950s in a crash involving the same model airplane.

Well that is why they crashed in the first place they were trying to fly a model airplane. Everyone knows you can't fit in a model airplane. They're too small.
 
2012-10-03 11:21:49 AM
wtf - is that article written in old australian?
 
2012-10-03 11:22:59 AM
Cookies must be enabled.

Fark you. One more crappy news site to block. And nothing of value was lost.
 
2012-10-03 12:21:25 PM

The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves: They were trying to fly in a model airplane? I think I found the problem.


content6.flixster.com


What's wrong with flying a model airplane?
 
2012-10-03 12:35:56 PM

Deathfrogg: This particular model is rare, specifically because so many of them have crashed and the rest were scrapped. DeHaviland made really shiatty aircraft. The manufacturer has the highest rate of "catastrophic structural failures" of any other aircraft manufacturer in history.


I had an elderly family member who would ask, when at the ticket desk, what model plane she was flying on. She wanted to verify that it was not a Comet...this was well into the 1990s. Sometimes she would just ask the people "it's not a Comet, is it?" Which, to a 21-year-old ticket agent in 1995, would have made zero sense.

I still get a laugh thinking about it.
 
2012-10-03 12:47:27 PM

Deathfrogg: DeHaviland made really shiatty aircraft. The manufacturer has the highest rate of "catastrophic structural failures" of any other aircraft manufacturer in history.


I'd be interested to see the breakdown of those accidents per manufacturer (for airliners, 3 out of 114 almost certainly does win), but the Comet 1 in particular was a case of the dangers of being the first example of a new technology. Metal fatigue caused by pressurization wasn't truly understood, so DeHavilland learned some hard lessons that allowed all the other manufacturers to avoid having the same problem with their designs.

Once they made the windows oval (on the Comet 2s forward, and retrofitted the remaining 1s), the Comet had an entirely normal safety record for an aircraft of it's era.
 
2012-10-03 04:26:02 PM
FTA: "Cookies must be enabled to view our advertisements. Please enable cookies so ads will display properly, because we care more about that than we do about news."
 
2012-10-04 08:27:33 AM

MelGoesOnTour: Article was difficult to read.


perhaps one of the most poorly written articles i have seen in a very long time
 
2012-10-04 10:41:08 AM

harbingerofdoom: perhaps one of the most poorly written articles i have seen in a very long time


You must not get online much. Sure, it's written in passive voice and suffers from one-sentence-per-paragraph syndrome, but there's nothing remotely confusing or difficult to read in it.
 
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