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(WTOP)   Your post-Thanksgiving trip home might be bad, but it's not being on a small plane crashing into a power distribution site and dangling 100 feet above the ground while cutting power to thousands of people bad   (wtop.com) divider line
    More: News, Montgomery County, Maryland, Montgomery County, Power outages, live stream of the crash scene, small plane, Rescue Services, traffic lights, power lines  
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1720 clicks; posted to Main » on 28 Nov 2022 at 12:05 AM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-11-27 7:10:04 PM  
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2022-11-27 7:25:05 PM  
Well, trips not over yet, subber.
 
2022-11-27 7:39:11 PM  
Yup. Power blinked off at 5:30, but came back on for us about 45 minutes later. I feel sorry for the people that will be without power until tomorrow!
 
2022-11-27 7:40:11 PM  
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"Let the good times roll"
 
2022-11-27 7:41:31 PM  
Aw, jeez, Lois, that's terrible. Almost as bad as that time I found that Death Note.
 
2022-11-27 7:47:58 PM  
According to  TFA, 85,000 people.
 
2022-11-27 9:14:21 PM  

BenSaw2: According to  TFA, 85,000 people.


But they all live in Maryland, so it's funny.
 
2022-11-27 10:11:28 PM  
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2022-11-27 11:19:06 PM  

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Once they're safely extracted I bet they go buy new underwear and Lotto tickets.
 
2022-11-28 12:08:41 AM  
He just wanted to hang out a little longer.
 
2022-11-28 12:10:15 AM  

thorpe: [Fark user image image 850x1132]


Hey!  I had to do something to get in the news. There hasn't been an article about me in at least a week.
 
2022-11-28 12:11:20 AM  
Surprised they were that low.  Looks like that Mooney regularly flies out of that airport for little hour rides. should have know those lines were there.

and also i am amazed that the sudden stop didn't cause injuries for the 60+ year olds

lots of luck expended today for them
 
2022-11-28 12:12:00 AM  
Where is the giant metallic spider that is going to wrap the plane up in a wire cocoon?
 
2022-11-28 12:12:13 AM  
Dingle Dangle Scarecrow (Songs for Kids)
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2022-11-28 12:15:41 AM  

kkinnison: Looks like that Mooney regularly flies out of that airport for little hour rides. should have know those lines were there.


Cmon no need to be racist.

/kidding
 
2022-11-28 12:17:31 AM  
Positively shocking! Ohm my gosh
 
2022-11-28 12:17:33 AM  
Not that uncommon. GIS airplane hanging from power lines:

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2022-11-28 12:18:00 AM  

markie_farkie: thorpe: [Fark user image image 850x1132]

Once they're safely extracted I bet they go buy new underwear and Lotto tickets.


They're just plane lucky.
 
2022-11-28 12:18:24 AM  
Of all the holidays I could never celebrate again and never miss, Thanksgiving is one of them.
 
2022-11-28 12:21:09 AM  
I wonder if the power company would sue for loss of business or if your insurance would 'only' have to cover the massive cost of returning the lines to service (I hydroplaned into a street side pole with medium voltage on top, cost $40k+ all told, can't imagine what those main distribution lines would run).
 
2022-11-28 12:21:21 AM  
In fairness I wouldn't care how many people lost power in that moment.
 
2022-11-28 12:23:16 AM  
Is he a lineman for the countyyy?
 
2022-11-28 12:26:59 AM  
Are we sure they weren't Russian terrorists trying to take out the NATO grid?
 
2022-11-28 12:27:38 AM  

feckingmorons: [Fark user image 850x453]


Learn to fly.
Buy plane.
Fly plane.
Ignore maintenance because it costs too much.
Crash plane.
 
2022-11-28 12:28:00 AM  

puffy999: Is he a lineman for the countyyy?


Thanks a lot for getting that stuck in my head.
 
2022-11-28 12:34:18 AM  
Shaky video of bucket truck up there: https://twitter.com/mcfrsPIO/status/1597093081970487298
 
2022-11-28 12:34:35 AM  

bucket_pup: Yup. Power blinked off at 5:30, but came back on for us about 45 minutes later. I feel sorry for the people that will be without power until tomorrow!


My power went off at the same time, then back on at 11pm. Thought it was just my neighborhood at first, until I went out looking for a drive through for dinner. Had to go clear down to Twinbrook before I saw neighborhoods with power. Once I started driving and saw how widespread it was I lol'd. And lol'd again when I pulled over to tell my wife something was up and she told me she'd been able to pull up WTOP and find out about the plane.

Very random! Amazing to have stuck the plane up like that without visible damage. Just perched that m'fer up there like a bat clinging to the bark of a tree.
 
2022-11-28 12:35:36 AM  
Just got finished turning back on SO MANY UPS's.
 
2022-11-28 12:38:03 AM  

puffy999: Is he a lineman for the countyyy?


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2022-11-28 12:39:22 AM  

mongbiohazard: Amazing to have stuck the plane up like that without visible damage. Just perched that m'fer up there like a bat clinging to the bark of a tree.


It took out the B phase cross arm.  That's not gonna buff out.
 
2022-11-28 12:40:17 AM  
You could say...

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their lives are on the line.
 
2022-11-28 12:44:11 AM  
So you want flying cars do you?
 
2022-11-28 12:44:15 AM  

SonOfSpam: Not that uncommon. GIS airplane hanging from power lines:

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Maybe this guy should just give up flying planes.
 
2022-11-28 12:48:36 AM  

markie_farkie: thorpe: [Fark user image image 850x1132]

Once they're safely extracted I bet they go buy new underwear and Lotto tickets.


I wouldn't suggest a lotto ticket or any sort of gambling for a while...

I think they used up all their good luck/karma for a while.

or maybe they used up their bad luck/karma in crashing and getting stuck?
 
2022-11-28 12:50:56 AM  

Fursecution: mongbiohazard: Amazing to have stuck the plane up like that without visible damage. Just perched that m'fer up there like a bat clinging to the bark of a tree.

It took out the B phase cross arm.  That's not gonna buff out.


Yeah, had to see closer pics to notice anything got mangled though. I'm amazed the plane didn't just break apart and destroy the tower a lot worse. Obviously it happens, but it's still pretty crazy.
 
2022-11-28 12:52:34 AM  
While I now realize it's Pepco, I thought it was PepsiCo and wondered if cyberpunk was already here
 
2022-11-28 12:58:31 AM  
On the plus side the folk in the plane will have a lot to be thankful for... assuming they all are succesfully rescued.
 
2022-11-28 1:00:17 AM  
Meanwhile, my kitchen table...

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/learn to fly airplanes, they said
//safer than driving, they said
///third slashie for #pilotlife
 
2022-11-28 1:00:45 AM  

Aardvark Inc.: On the plus side the folk in the plane will have a lot to be thankful for... assuming they all are succesfully rescued.


They're down and out now.
 
2022-11-28 1:01:53 AM  

Fursecution: mongbiohazard: Amazing to have stuck the plane up like that without visible damage. Just perched that m'fer up there like a bat clinging to the bark of a tree.

It took out the B phase cross arm.  That's not gonna buff out.


I don't understand how said phase didn't ground to the tower through what is essentially a flying aluminum fuel tank full of avgas in a display of several scientific principles that would have been visible from space.
 
2022-11-28 1:03:50 AM  

farkitallletitend: feckingmorons: [Fark user image 850x453]

Learn to fly.
Buy plane.
Fly plane.
Ignore maintenance because it costs too much.
Crash plane.


I've done 1,2,3,not 4 and sort of 5.   I landed on a road in Georgia once.  It was not heavy traffic.  A sheriff's deputy helped me push it into an abandoned gas station and then gave me a ride to town.   It was a rented plane, many years ago.
 
2022-11-28 1:06:24 AM  
Give me enough whiskey and cocaine I could do anything.

/ Even at my age.
 
2022-11-28 1:08:02 AM  
Rumor so far is that these guys were scud running (flying below really low clouds because they are not instrument pilots and they were too dumb to wait out the weather) with 200' ceilings, and this tower was around 500' high. Dunno about tower height, but weather was in fact 200'.

Scud running = bad. Don't do that.
 
2022-11-28 1:15:10 AM  

CrazyCurt: Give me enough whiskey and cocaine I could do anything.

/ Even at my age.


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2022-11-28 1:19:10 AM  
I used to fly ultralights and can confirm that no matter how well you grease an off-airport landing, or how many times you use the same dirt field next to the same 7/11 to get gas, cops will always think you crashed.

So their car comes bouncing out there and all they find is an uninjured pilot tying down an unbent airplane.

Those conversations were always short.
 
2022-11-28 1:19:34 AM  
Relevant METAR:

KGAI 272156Z AUTO VRB04KT 1 1/4SM BR OVC002 11/11 A2945 RMK AO2 SLP987 T01060106

Shooting the RNAV 14, but LPV and LNAV minimums are both above 200', so they weren't getting in legally unless it picked up between observations.

Interestingly, the barometric altimeter indication from their ADS-B track was several hundred feet above their geometric altitude. Note the altimeter setting of 29.45 (pretty low - remember the adage "high to low, look out below!").

They leveled off 30 seconds before they hit the tower - so it could be an improperly-set altimeter caused them to think they were at minimums and in the murk, while looking for the runway, they hit the tower (looks to be about 150' tall from pics). Note they were veering left of course in the 20-30 seconds before they hit - that tells me they were no longer following the instruments and were eyes-out.

Or they could have been scud-running on purpose, hunting below minimums.
 
2022-11-28 1:22:07 AM  

SergeantObvious: Meanwhile, my kitchen table...

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/learn to fly airplanes, they said
//safer than driving, they said
///third slashie for #pilotlife


Two decades plus later and I still remember the lost opportunity. A two year high school course whereby you'd get a private pilot's license for $500 or less depending on income (and assuming of course you passed everything). All other costs were subsidized by the local college, and the teacher/pilot instructor was a volunteer. They cancelled it when I was in 8th grade when the instructor retired... God forbid they try find anyone to fill that role...
 
2022-11-28 1:27:28 AM  

SonOfSpam: Not that uncommon. GIS airplane hanging from power lines:

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TIL electrical power lines are hella strong.
 
2022-11-28 1:34:01 AM  

SergeantObvious: Rumor so far is that these guys were scud running (flying below really low clouds because they are not instrument pilots and they were too dumb to wait out the weather) with 200' ceilings, and this tower was around 500' high. Dunno about tower height, but weather was in fact 200'.

Scud running = bad. Don't do that.


Could be scud running.

If they weren't instrument-rated, they were faking it, as they had been cleared for the RNAV runway 14 approach.
 
2022-11-28 1:52:57 AM  
Listening to ATC further back and correlating it with the ADS-B track, he was kind of all over the place. They gave him several heading corrections (at one point he was off by over 30°), was given a cautionary instruction by ATC - basically asking if he was going to have any problems navigating because there were going to be several airliners nearby, plus two low altitude alerts after he'd been given the frequency change to Gaithersburg CTAF.

The instrument panel looks to be steam-gauges with a GNS430W GPS. Has autopilot, but was seemingly only using it to hold the assigned altitude and heading after the ATC admonishment, then seemingly off again during the approach.

So again, he was flying under IFR, but whether he was rated, current, or proficient is another matter entirely.
 
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