Skip to comments.Pilot lesson No. 1: Check gas before taking off
Posted on 05/29/2009 12:06:34 PM PDT by george76
A retired Air Force colonel with decades of experience as a flight instructor gave one of his students a hands-on lesson in a key principle of flying: Don't run out of gas. Al Uhalt of Colorado Springs made a bumpy but safe landing in a field Thursday when the single-engine Aviat Husky he and a student were flying ran out of fuel near the end of a 45-minute lesson.
Neither Uhalt nor the student, 16-year-old Kyle Sundman, was injured and the plane was undamaged.
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Only tree within twenty miles I bet ....
Note the signs behind the plane.
It’s called a pre-flight checklist. A pilot...student or otherwise is supposed to pre-flight the plane. Gas, as I recall, is somewhere on the list. Unfortunately, they left “check for stupidity” off.
Also, be sure to “land your airplane” before you run out of gas... LOL...
United Airlines Crash in Portland, Oregon (right in the city, on top of houses...)
United Airlines Flight 173
December 28, 1978
I heard it on the radio and my brother and I went on over there. Some people just got out of the plane, called friends or a cab and went home. They never did make it to the airport... LOL...
It crashed on East Burnside, in Portland, going from south to north, smashed one house, ran into another and was stopped abruptly when its tail caught the wires running along the light poles on the street (kinda like an aircraft carrier, ya know...) and pulled poles out of the ground a couple of blocks away, from catching the wires... :-)
Date: December 28, 1978
Location: Portland, Oregon
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight #: 173
Route: Denver - Portland
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-61
cn / ln: 45972/357
Aboard: 189 (passengers:181 crew:8)
Fatalities: 10 (passengers:8 crew:2)
Summary: While on a flight from Denver to Portland, the aircraft ran out of fuel while the crew was distracted with a landing gear problem. Failure of the captain to monitor properly the aircraft’s fuel state and to properly respond to the low fuel state as indicated by other crew members. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the other two flight crew members either to fully comprehend the criticality of the fuel state or to successfully communicate their concern to the captain.
I remember that it was determined that there was going to have to be “training” for crews in order to be more assertive with the captain when telling him that “We’re running out of gas!”... LOL...
“Failure of the captain to monitor properly the aircrafts fuel state and to properly respond to the low fuel state as indicated by other crew members.”
Do suppose the United captain was a former Air Force colonel? Perhaps there’s a common thread here.
Certainly could be... I don’t know for sure, but it might be worth checking... :-)
Yeah, that United captain was flying like a stroke patient. A classic CRM (cockpit resources management) failure. Nowadays, with armed flight deck crewmembers, the result would be very different. ;-)
At least they were flying in Colorado, an aircraft friendly State versus most other places that are aircraft adverse. (Hint: Trees)
Bad for the community, the kid just received a flying lesson whose value can’t be calculated. I hope he stays with his training. That experience will teach him more about flying than years worth of touch and gos.
Yet oddly, there is always enough fuel to get you to the crash site...
Uhalt took a look at the gas gauge and knew exactly what was wrong. Luckily, they were approaching the Fountain Valley School, which sits on 1,100-acres, about 90 percent of which are open fields."It took great skill, gleaned from years of flying experience, but I managed to bullseye that school. A lesser pilot would have hit the huge expanse of open land instead."