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    Exclamation Bush flying nightmare on tape

    Check out the video of a Stinson 108 going into the trees. It is a testament to the toughness of the Stinson that everyone walked away from the crash. By looking at the wreckage you would think they all should have died. I bet they wished they had installed shoulder harnesses though. It raises a lot of questions also. The main one is why the pilot continued the flight when the engine was not making the power it should. Maybe he intended to cruise the tree tops?

    The youtube video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yEqXLsWIus

    cbs news coverage:
    http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?...602n&tag=stack

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    This air strip is over 6400 feet above sea level. The airplane was heavy, the density altitude was way high and there may have also been a slight head wind flowing with a downward component toward the plane as the air flowed over the higher terrain out in front of the plane. Any of you who have flown through Merrill Pass in either direction with a steady head wind have experienced that steady flow of downward air.

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    Yes it was a very tough lesson on density altitude for the pilot. A guy on another forum I hang out on saw the plane in person after the wreck and he said it was in much worse shape than the video showed it and it was a miracle that anyone lived, let alone walked away with only minor scrapes, splits and bruises. Most of us here in AK are very fortunate to not have to deal with it too much, but it still plays into the 80+ degree days here even at sea level.

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    Here is Avwebs take on the video.....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVM3RRd1vf0

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    Lots of comments on that site. It is easy to second guess the pilot. I know I have been pretty hard headed at times. It will go into my memory and hopefully will pop up if I am ever in a similar situation. Maybe I can learn from his mistake. I am glad no one paid with their lives. I am grateful to him for posting this. It must have been a tough decision.
    Patrick

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    That long of a take off roll screams trouble. I really hope I would have been smart enough to pull the plug.

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    I have a Stinson Super Voyager. Sturdy plane!

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