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(Minneapolis Star Tribune)   Viking fumbles touchdown   ( divider line
    More: Scary, Interstate Highway System, Hennepin County, Minnesota, Ramsey County, Minnesota, small plane, California, Minnesota Department of Transportation, Interstate 35W, Minnesota State Patrol  
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2020-12-03 9:01:06 PM  
And somehow it happened in Minnesota.
2020-12-03 9:01:08 PM  
Nice one, subby.

\slow clap
2020-12-03 9:01:31 PM  
Bell knocker.
2020-12-03 9:02:48 PM  
Not bad at all subby. Stupid site won't let me see see the article, even in private mode, but I'll guess it was a Bellanca Viking.
2020-12-03 9:07:46 PM  
2020-12-03 9:15:39 PM  
This reminds me of a few years ago near me when a small plane coming in for landing at John Wayne Airport crashed short of the runway, on the 405 freeway.  The pilot survived that one, too.
2020-12-03 9:16:25 PM  
Everyone lived. Upon further review it is ruled a touchdown.
2020-12-03 9:46:05 PM  
Congrats, subby.
2020-12-04 1:14:22 AM  
I wonder if the passengers shat themselves......I know the pilot did.....
2020-12-04 7:51:58 AM  
Well played, Subby.
2020-12-04 8:24:08 AM  

tn_prvteye: Nice one, subby.

\slow clap

Indeed. Well played subster.
2020-12-04 12:22:05 PM  
I don't understand why they didn't land at the international airport. It is seconds by air to the crash site.
2020-12-04 2:10:03 PM  

foxtail: I don't understand why they didn't land at the international airport. It is seconds by air to the crash site.

Ok, and I didn't look up numbers for the Viking, but consider the general rule (zero wind in consideration) is 1.5nm per 1000' AGL for a newer 172S. Considering they were likely under 3000 feet (and possibly under 2300 feet) AGL in that area (to stay out of the class B) that means at most you would have about 3-5 miles in a 172. Again, that's not taking wind into account at all. Believe me when I say you'd have a lot less in a PA-32/PA-32R, and probably 1.2nm per 1000' AGL in an A36.

"Seconds by air" (with normal power) doesn't mean it's tenable in the weather conditions at the time, with a dying (or dead) engine. Looking at my VFR maps, the closest airport is more than 6 miles away.
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