If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(NBC News)   Pilot suffers from premature ejection   (usnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 68
    More: Sad, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, Bradley County, NBC News, airplanes  
•       •       •

8946 clicks; posted to Main » on 30 Mar 2013 at 8:38 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



68 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2013-03-30 08:40:40 AM  
Well that would suck
 
2013-03-30 08:41:41 AM  
mflva.com
Helpful picture of a Zodiac 601xl
 
2013-03-30 08:45:09 AM  
Well I hope the cops write him a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt when they find him....
 
2013-03-30 08:46:12 AM  
Talk to me Goose..
 
2013-03-30 08:47:13 AM  
2500 feet up?  So, they're looking for a pancake.
 
2013-03-30 08:47:48 AM  
I wonder what was going through that guy's mind as he fell...
 
2013-03-30 08:48:07 AM  
-- and neither man was wearing a seat belt, WRCB reported.

My word, basic safety here people. You get tossed around in private planes all the time, all it takes is a little bump or sneezing at the wrong time and you're eating the ceiling.
 
2013-03-30 08:48:26 AM  
Whoaahhhh....the previous owner died in a crash of the plane as well? That farker is haunted!
 
2013-03-30 08:48:53 AM  

puffy999: I wonder what was going through that guy's mind as he fell...


Well... when he hit the ground it was most likely "his ass".
 
2013-03-30 08:51:16 AM  
This is happening where I live. Gonna go look on my property after I have my coffee. I figure no hurry.
 
2013-03-30 08:52:31 AM  

TommyDeuce: 2500 feet up?  So, they're looking for a pancake.


No, no. Terminal velocity means he may have suffered before he died.
 
2013-03-30 08:53:13 AM  

Summa cum loudly: Whoaahhhh....the previous owner died in a crash of the plane as well? That farker is haunted!


Same owner, different plane.
 
2013-03-30 08:54:13 AM  
Bowl of petunias unavailable for comment
 
2013-03-30 08:55:34 AM  
The pilot said a gang had forced him to jump from the aircraft. "They were gonna kill me."
 
2013-03-30 08:56:41 AM  

JohnnyC: puffy999: I wonder what was going through that guy's mind as he fell...

Well... when he hit the ground it was most likely "his ass".


lh4.ggpht.com
 
2013-03-30 09:11:45 AM  
I don't drive across a parking lot without a seatbelt. I wouldn't even consider flying a freaking plane without one.
 
2013-03-30 09:13:37 AM  
As my AFJROTC instructor used to say, "That'll really make you lose your birthday."
 
2013-03-30 09:24:29 AM  

Summa cum loudly: Whoaahhhh....the previous owner died in a crash of the plane as well? That farker is haunted!


We'll take the plane. Honey, the chances of another dying in this plane are astronomical. It's been pre-disastered. We're going to be safe here."
 
2013-03-30 09:32:33 AM  
I've always been intrigued by those "build-it-yourself" airplane kits. I am someone who has a little back garage shop and I enjoy tinkering. I also would love to fly. It seems a great combo for me. . . Until today. The phrases, "plane went into a dive," and  "the canopy came-off" were not ones I wanted to hear.
 
2013-03-30 09:34:47 AM  
hypervocal.com
This is why you wear your seatbelt.
 
2013-03-30 09:40:20 AM  
2500 feet up?  Is he okay?!
 
2013-03-30 09:41:21 AM  
I hate it when that happens.
 
2013-03-30 09:43:30 AM  
This far in and no Airplane 2 references. Fark ain't what it used to be...
 
2013-03-30 09:44:12 AM  

randomdevice: We'll take the plane. Honey, the chances of another dying in this plane are astronomical. It's been pre-disastered. We're going to be safe here.


I always say, "Worried?  Fly with me.  I've already had one plane crash.  What are the chances I'll have two?"  Used to carry my own bomb for the same reason.  What are the chances I'd be on a plane with two bombs?  Well, TSA sure spoiled that!

/Not a statistician
 
2013-03-30 09:45:58 AM  
Another helpful pic of a Zodiac XLi
www.instablogsimages.com
 
2013-03-30 09:46:54 AM  
lastinglonger.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-03-30 09:47:50 AM  

puffy999: I wonder what was going through that guy's mind as he fell...


"Oh no, not again!"
 
2013-03-30 09:49:39 AM  
1. I ALWAYS wore a seat belt while flying. Last thing you need is some clear air turbulence to knock out (or eject in this cast) the pilot.
2. at 2500 feet, he had about 25 seconds to think about his error. That's a farking eternity.

poor dumb fark
 
2013-03-30 09:53:21 AM  

NutWrench: Helpful picture of a Zodiac 601xl


Bessie Coleman 1926? Florida. Pre-seatbelt traction era.
 
2013-03-30 09:53:32 AM  

The_Philosopher_King: I've always been intrigued by those "build-it-yourself" airplane kits. I am someone who has a little back garage shop and I enjoy tinkering. I also would love to fly. It seems a great combo for me. . . Until today. The phrases, "plane went into a dive," and  "the canopy came-off" were not ones I wanted to hear.


The difficulty is that many of the kit built planes require 2000+ man-hours to build, especially for a first-timer. That's what keeps me away more than anything because really, they're not unsafe if you know what you're doing. I just can't imagine spending 20 hours each and every weekend working on it for two years straight. Lots of people start with the idea of building a plane to save money and to fly it when they'd be better off just buying a used certified plane they can fly now.

In this story... I have freakin clue what could have happened. Who doesn't wear a seatbelt? Just the occasional turbulence can slam your head into the canopy/headliner hard enough to knock you out cold. Must have had some real negative G's, too, because that canopy is front-hinged so you'd have 120mph worth of airflow pressing it closed.
 
2013-03-30 09:59:44 AM  
 
2013-03-30 10:09:19 AM  

TommyDeuce: 2500 feet up?  So, they're looking for a pancake.


No, something like this

blogs.warwick.ac.uk
 
2013-03-30 10:13:46 AM  
They were trying to locate his cell phone.  If they think that it might be intact that suggests that he might not be pancaked--as in wearing a parachute.  The guy still in the plane was worrying about keeping the plane out of the ground and probably didn't see what the pilot did.
 
2013-03-30 10:14:01 AM  
Bet they were screwing around with some zero-G maneuvers a la a mini Vomit Comet. I can't think of any reason not to be belted when you're sitting at the controls.
 
2013-03-30 10:16:41 AM  

TanSau: 1. I ALWAYS wore a seat belt while flying. Last thing you need is some clear air turbulence to knock out (or eject in this cast) the pilot.
2. at 2500 feet, he had about 25 seconds to think about his error. That's a farking eternity.

poor dumb fark


I'm not sure this aircraft HAS seat belts.  I remember in flight school that was the first thing you did when you sat down in the aircraft.
 
2013-03-30 10:18:19 AM  

dukeblue219: The_Philosopher_King: I've always been intrigued by those "build-it-yourself" airplane kits. I am someone who has a little back garage shop and I enjoy tinkering. I also would love to fly. It seems a great combo for me. . . Until today. The phrases, "plane went into a dive," and  "the canopy came-off" were not ones I wanted to hear.

The difficulty is that many of the kit built planes require 2000+ man-hours to build, especially for a first-timer. That's what keeps me away more than anything because really, they're not unsafe if you know what you're doing. I just can't imagine spending 20 hours each and every weekend working on it for two years straight. Lots of people start with the idea of building a plane to save money and to fly it when they'd be better off just buying a used certified plane they can fly now.

In this story... I have freakin clue what could have happened. Who doesn't wear a seatbelt? Just the occasional turbulence can slam your head into the canopy/headliner hard enough to knock you out cold. Must have had some real negative G's, too, because that canopy is front-hinged so you'd have 120mph worth of airflow pressing it closed.


I don't know any of the details well enough to really flesh out a story but my father once had the canopy on a kit plane come off in flight while doing a demo for a prospective buyer. Happily both he and the client were actually wearing their belts and my father quit his job with the company selling the planes the next day. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Zodiac though.

I'll have to have him more about this next time I talk to him.
 
2013-03-30 10:18:56 AM  

A Shambling Mound: I'll have to have ask him more about this next time I talk to him.

 
2013-03-30 10:29:38 AM  

adm_crunch: I don't drive across a parking lot without a seatbelt. I wouldn't even consider flying a freaking plane without one.


Is your car equipped with an ejection seat?  If he had a parachute, this thread would be so different right now.  I would rather have the WWII fighter style seat that required you to wear a parachute if you don't want to sit on hard metal.  Plane goes down, but you don't have to right away.
 
2013-03-30 10:41:42 AM  

TanSau:
2. at 2500 feet, he had about 25 seconds to think about his error. That's a farking eternity.


I dunno; it'd still be a challenge to rub one out before impact.
 
2013-03-30 10:44:31 AM  

dukeblue219: The difficulty is that many of the kit built planes require 2000+ man-hours to build, especially for a first-timer. That's what keeps me away more than anything because really, they're not unsafe if you know what you're doing. I just can't imagine spending 20 hours each and every weekend working on it for two years straight.


I understand that a majority of those kits never get finished.
 
2013-03-30 10:46:29 AM  
When your flying instructor doesn't think seatbelts are important maybe you should look for someone competent and not some random 'flite instructer' on craigslist.
 
2013-03-30 10:48:01 AM  

lack of warmth: adm_crunch: I don't drive across a parking lot without a seatbelt. I wouldn't even consider flying a freaking plane without one.

Is your car equipped with an ejection seat?  If he had a parachute, this thread would be so different right now.  I would rather have the WWII fighter style seat that required you to wear a parachute if you don't want to sit on hard metal.  Plane goes down, but you don't have to right away.


Normally people aren't trying to shoot your plane out of the sky, unless you're flying over Detroit.
 
2013-03-30 11:34:05 AM  
Planes 2 : Pilots 0
 
2013-03-30 11:40:37 AM  

Fish in a Barrel: dukeblue219: The difficulty is that many of the kit built planes require 2000+ man-hours to build, especially for a first-timer. That's what keeps me away more than anything because really, they're not unsafe if you know what you're doing. I just can't imagine spending 20 hours each and every weekend working on it for two years straight.

I understand that a majority of those kits never get finished.


Same with homemade boats. I would start by building a few radio controlled model airplane kits first. Get a general idea about some of the processes and see if you can put up with it.
 
2013-03-30 11:50:01 AM  
 
2013-03-30 11:59:36 AM  
www.zenithair.com
 
2013-03-30 12:00:34 PM  

Kyle Butler: They found him. No word on his condition though

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/21830614/crews-search-for-man-who-fell-f ro m-plane


FTFA:   "Those emergency personnel are on the ground looking for the party."

I think at at time like this the cops would have better things to do than busting up keggers.
 
2013-03-30 12:18:42 PM  
Instructorb. The B is for Bargain!
 
2013-03-30 12:19:22 PM  

Fish in a Barrel: dukeblue219: The difficulty is that many of the kit built planes require 2000+ man-hours to build, especially for a first-timer. That's what keeps me away more than anything because really, they're not unsafe if you know what you're doing. I just can't imagine spending 20 hours each and every weekend working on it for two years straight.
I understand that a majority of those kits never get finished.


I still think it would be pretty cool to have a semi-finished plane in my garage.

"Yep, that's the plane I'm building."
 
2013-03-30 12:38:43 PM  

The_Philosopher_King: I still think it would be pretty cool to have a semi-finished plane in my garage


Been there done that and it was a Zenith 601 xl.
I bought the whole kit except for the canopy and built one wing before the decision was made to sell the kit and buy a certificated aircraft. Bought a Cherokee 180 and have no regrets. The main reason was I did not want to wait to fly. Building the kit was quite fun and I have since bought a fuselage kit for the Zenith 750 STOL but have not started on it yet. (retirement project) 601 a/c have had some problems but are quite remarkable airplanes. In fact Chris Heintz, the  designer of the 601, also has many other of his designs flying. For more information, search for EAA (experimental aircraft association) and for Zenith Aircraft.
 
Displayed 50 of 68 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »






Report