Watch A Plane Crash Into A Volvo And Lose

Nov 5, 2012 Full story: Jalopnik 8

The amazing strength of Volvo cars and the amazing stupidity of people not paying attention were put on display Saturday when a Volvo drove in front of a propeller plane in the middle of a landing .

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Aurora, CO

#1 Nov 5, 2012
Since the pilot sits in the left seat, visibility is limited below and to the right of aircraft. He probably never seen the car. There is just to many unknowns in the article to know really the exact truth. That final part of the landing can be intense with extreme focus and concentration especially being a student pilot. I feel bad for the pilot cause he doesn't want to fly anymore, I hope he changes his mind. I hope the airport can make an agreement with land owner to fix that hot spot in the landing zone. Don't be so hard on the pilot if you have never flown. It's a lot more challenging than you think. Jeremy. Licensed pilot
MatthewC

Didcot, UK

#2 Nov 20, 2012
To compare the strength of the Volvo and the Cessna is pointless. The Volvo is designed to withstand side impacts because that's what other cars do to you, whereas the Cessna's undercarriage is designed to be landed on, which is what aircraft do.
Proteus

Windsor, Canada

#3 Nov 20, 2012
Yes, being a pilot is achallenging task, and certainly involves an element of risk.
I am licenced in both Canada and USA, and have all ratings up to and including instructor, plus own and operate an Aerostar P601.
This situation is obviously pilot error, but with some serious mitigating factors.
Any airport with an active roadway crossing directly over a runway threshold is an accident waiting to happen.
I'm surprised and shocked that this was the case here.
There must be some responsibility on the airport's behalf to take steps to correct a serious safety issue.
The video shows the plane's approach and descent profile. It's evident the landing was downwind.
Wind sock shows a slight following wind, and approach profile was much lower than it should be, probably due in part to the following wind and causing sink rate to be exaggerated.
If the car hadn't been there, this plane could have easily touched down prior to runway threshold anyway.
Instead he should have been aiming for the touchdown area of the runway (the "button"), which normally is a fair distance from the threshold,
Plus It's pilot's responsibilty to check for any obstructions (or looming obstructions, ie critters, vehicles, runway objects, etc) during an approach, and initiate a go around if any doubts.

Lastly, the video commentary also mentions the pilot and his wife were occupants of the plane, and that the pilot was 4 weeks away from getting a licence.
Pilot was flying illegally. Unless his wife was an instructor, he should only be flying solo while only possessing a learner's permit.
This was obviously an avoidable accident, but the pilot has to assume most of the responsibility.
Needless to say, it's a sad situation--people involved were injured and property damage was substantial.
TLD

Nashville, TN

#4 Dec 6, 2012
The wife was filming the solo from the ground
Proteus

Windsor, Canada

#5 Dec 6, 2012
TLD wrote:
The wife was filming the solo from the ground
Which Wife?
Posted commentary says wife was a passenger.
Regardless, the accident was avoidable.
Clearly pilot error.
TLD

Nashville, TN

#6 Dec 6, 2012
Which Wife?
The wife of the pilot. You said he was flying with his wife as a passenger and that is not the case.
TLD

Nashville, TN

#7 Dec 6, 2012
It is pilot error and if you look at an arial of this strip there are arrows pointing to the threshold. Hope the CFI explained what those arrows mean.
Proteus

Windsor, Canada

#8 Dec 6, 2012
TLD wrote:
It is pilot error and if you look at an arial of this strip there are arrows pointing to the threshold. Hope the CFI explained what those arrows mean.
It's called a Displaced Threshold.
Those chevron stripes and arrows are standard runway markings mandated by the FAA at any airport so equipped.
A threshold is displaced for a specific purpose---it tells the pilot to touch down further from the original threshold to avoid hitting obstacles there.(like cars, fences, etc.)
If in fact (like the post commentary stated) the pilot had another passenger (wife or otherwise) with him on a first solo flight, that was illegal.
I don't want to argue the point with you, but if it's true, it's a violation of FAA rules, subject to sanction.
That was my point in the first place.
Needless to say, there were no serious injuries, and that's a positive.
The plane will probably be a write off however.

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