WW1 era plane makes emergency landing on Sidmouth beach - video

Discussion in 'transport' started by planetgeli, May 7, 2018.

  1. planetgeli

    planetgeli There's no future in England's dreaming

  2. It’s always when you’ve left your telephoto lens at home.
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  3. Lancman

    Lancman Well-Known Member

    Brilliant bit of flying and it says a lot for the undercarriage.
  4. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Well done to the pilot, good decision making.
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  5. Cid

    Cid 慢慢走

    On being questioned the pilot was hear to reply 'well I say old boy, I was just giving a bit of a demonstration to some yanks orf the coast of Bermuda, and now I'm back here in Blighty, haven't the foggiest what's going on if I'm honest. Is there any gin?'.
  6. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    It does make you wonder if something as old as that should be in the air.....vintage cars never leave the ground but get a problem up there...
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  7. cupid_stunt

    cupid_stunt Dyslexic King Cnut the Great.

    Blimey, he did well.

    Love this comment '[she] was left with “jelly legs” after the crash landing', I would have been in need of a change of underwear! :D
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  8. Chilli.s

    Chilli.s changed the little words

    Great flying and even better luck.
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  9. rubbershoes

    rubbershoes not the only raver in the village

    There's a fantastic tea shop just up the beach from there.

    It does massive bits of cake and has views over the beach so he could keep on eye on his plane while he's there
  10. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    They belong in the air not stuck in a museum gathering dust.
  11. David Clapson

    David Clapson Infamous Knob

  12. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    I get what you are saying but don't know where you draw the line to be honest. In this incident no one was killed or hurt it seems but potentially there could have been fatalities on the ground.

    No matter how well built something was by the standards of the day, one hundred years is a long time.
  13. Lancman

    Lancman Well-Known Member

    Certificates of Airworthiness are issued on current standards and must be renewed.
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  14. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

    Ok, so it's not like a car MOT where, for example, older vehicles aren't required to have seatbelts?
  15. StoneRoad

    StoneRoad heckling from the back!

    not a crash landing ! that was an emergency landing with no power.

    the pilot did very well to touch down safely on pebbles and it says a lot for the plane
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  16. Slo-mo

    Slo-mo Banned Banned

  17. David Clapson

    David Clapson Infamous Knob

    They probably would have died. But shingle beaches are difficult to walk on, so someone with mobility issues probably wouldn't be there.

    Single-engined planes of all ages occasionally lose power. If we knew the type of engine we could probably look up stats for its reliability. The risk of it killing someone on the ground is probably far, far lower than the chance of being killed by a car or by cancer.

    Edit: here's a discussion on a pilots' forum Morane MS.315 lands on beach at Sidmouth... - PPRuNe Forums. The consensus seems to be that the pilot chose the shingle, which was a risk to him and his passenger and the aircraft, as opposed to the sand, because there were people walking on the sand.

    The aircraft dates from 1932 and the engine was still being produced in 1951.

    Another edit: this particular aircraft has a modern engine Rotec R3600 - Wikipedia
    Last edited: May 10, 2018
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  18. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    Looking at the video the people running for their lives were either invisible or living with the disability of living only in the imagination of a Metro sub editor.
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  19. A380

    A380 How do I change this 'custom title' thing then?

    A video from much closer ( almost on the touch down point).

    For the benefit of Metro sub editors, note the absence of people running for their lives...
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  20. jusali

    jusali Happy daze.....

    Packed beach :facepalm:

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