Saturday, December 6, 2008

How to Make an Emergency Landing

Here's a video of the Cessna 310 that made an emergency landing at Van Nuys Airport on the north side of Los Angeles in late November.

As all pilots of retractable gear aircraft know the 3 green lights on the panel are a welcome sight, 2 green lights is a "what the....." moment.

So after a couple of low passes over the airport, and a confirmed failed nose gear, this pilot gives a perfect demonstration of how to make a failed nose gear emergency landing.

The pilot minimized the damage to his airplane by keeping the nose off the runway as long as possible. Watch as he shuts down the starboard, then port engines and taps the starter on the starboard engine and just before touch down, taps the port starter a couple of times to get the props horizontal.

By the way a 310 unlike it's high wing single engine siblings drops like a rock without power. Which explains way he touches down on the threshold and stops just shy of the numbers.

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