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A Sad Day For Aviation

by John M. White |  | 2 comments

Today has been a sad day for aviation with two fatal crashes involving the death of some 16 individuals.  A FedEx MD11 crashed in Japan killing both pilots, and a Pilatius PC-12 crashed near Butte, MT killing 14 people, including 7 children.

Initial indications are that high winds caused the MD-11 to bounce upon landing, become airborne again with its left wing striking the ground and exploding.  The PC-12 crashed going straight down about 500 feet short of the runway at Butte.  Initial indications are that the PC-12 was overloaded, and in all likelihood out of cg. Click on image to enlarge

For FedEx this is their first fatal accident in 37 years of operation, and it was the first fatal accident at the Nairta Airport in Tokyo.  The PC-12 appears to have been a charter flight.

One wonders why, since 9/11, airline accident had not occurred until the "Miracle on the Hudson", followed by the Bombardier Q400 accident in Buffalo. Now we have two more today. 

All of this just goes to show what all of us who fly know - aviation can be a very dangerous business indeed. Add stupidity when pilots knowingly overload an aircraft, add some high winds, ice and birds and the skies suddenly are no longer friendly.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!

JetAviator7

The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee.

— Gunter's Second Law of Air Travel



Comments (2)

  • Patrick Flannigan on June 24, 2019

    No doubt that it is already shaping up to be a really rough year for the business. PC-12 does look like an overloading situation. Unfortunately we won’t have any flight data recorders to learn from on that accident. I’m still bewildered as to why the MD-11 rolled left like that after the second bounce. I thought about dutch-roll as it does have a pretty extreme sweepback, but it just didn’t look like it yawed much on the video.
    You have any thoughts?

  • JetAviator7 on June 24, 2019

    Patrick:
    Today they mentioned the possibility of ice, so I guess we wait and see.
    As for the MD-11, who would have thought such a large and heavy airplane could bounce like that – it must have had a lot of energy left when it touched down.

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