Va police: Plane crashes into Great Dismal Swamp
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#1 Dec 21, 2009
Your Dec21 story "Plane crashes into Great Dismal Swamp" incorrectly stated that Power on the aircraft stalled after takeoff. Unlike cars, an airplane is said to have 'stalled' when its WINGS ARE NO LONGER DEVELOPING LIFT, and is likely to occur when an aircraft's ATTITUDE is pitched up to an angle beyond which the airflow about the wing is disturbed. Stalls are practiced as part of flight training to make the student aware of the characteristics associated with that mode of flight.
Moreover, and airplane is NOT stalled when the engine quits, they glide fairly well for miles, depending on the altitude at the time of the emergency, and most engine-outs can be rescued with a controlled landing to the surface. While 'practicing stalls', it's possible to put the aircraft into a spin, and as such, it's a maneuver that is typically attempted at a high-enough altitude such that the airplane can be 'recovered' to a normal flight attitude AT a safe altitude. IF you look at the Washington sectional chart which covers that area, you'll see that the swamp lies to the west of the airport, and 2+ miles outside the 'take-off' zone. http://www.skyvector.com type KCPK and press the 'Go' button.
It's nice that you keep us informed, but for those unfamiliar with general aviation, your story paints an inaccurate picture. Thankfully pilot and instructor are both fine.
#2 Dec 21, 2009
Your explanation is really good!
When I was learning to fly a Cessna-151 30 years ago, I do remember my CFI reaching over and deliberately pulling the throttle to cause the engine to stall at only 900 feet. The idea was to teach me that the plane could glide for several minutes, allowing time to find a safe place to land. Even at 900 feet we had at least 4 or 5 minutes before having to make a firm decision.
This does sound like the plane lost lift though and fell from a low altitude. At least nobody was seriously injured.
#3 Dec 22, 2009
The article in incorrect in the fact that the instructor was actually hurt badly. The student left the ER a few hours after arriving. She spent the night in the hospital and does not know when she will be let out.
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