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    Default MID-AIR at Mouth of SUSITNA Today

    http://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Sma...485416931.html


    Excerpt...........Original story

    A Cessna 175 made an emergency landing at Lake Hood Wednesday afternoon following reports of a midair collision over the Susitna River.
    According to Alaska State Troopers, the collision was reported at 12:13 Wednesday afternoon.
    Wreckage of one plane was found shortly after, submerged in the waters near the mouth of the Susitna River.


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    Anchorage (KTUU) 3:05 p.m. update
    Merrill Field-based Spernak Airways has confirmed that the pilot of the aircraft submerged in the Susitna River is an employee of the company.
    A Spernak Airways spokesman told KTUU on Wednesday "Everyone is devastated by this freak accident, and we would just like our space to grieve."


    More info.

    https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2018...ation-ongoing/

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    The second plane, a Cessna, was found submerged in the river, Johnson said. It was still unclear whose plane it is, and how many people were on board. "Right now state troopers and Rescue Coordination Center are running the rescue," Johnson said.






    The pilot who landed safely at Lake Hood told investigators that he had been flying from a remote fishing spot back to Anchorage when he "saw the airplane at the last moment, basically nose to nose, struck the airplane, and made a couple of circles to try and assess what the condition of the other airplane was on the ground," Johnson said.

    The pilot then flew back to Anchorage. The left landing gear of his plane had been "completely sheared off," Johnson said.

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    There was a video of the one wheel landing on the news last night, but I can't find it now.

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    To this untrained eye that landing was a beauty. Okay, that's probably too much praise but how many pilots have practiced one wheel landings? Glad he made it safely back to Lake Hood.

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    Pilot did a great job!! I do not think I would sound that calm. One wheel landing/takeoff is basic skill for crosswinds. I saw another view that looked like right tire was damaged also, not sure if from accident or landing. I would prefer to set it down on hard runway instead of dirt. Dirt or grass sounds like it would be better because it is softer, but, it increases chance of gear or wing digging into ground and flipping plane.
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    [QUOTE=ChugiakTinkerer;1637396]To this untrained eye that landing was a beauty. Okay, that's probably too much praise but how many pilots have practiced one wheel landings? Glad he made it safely back to Lake Hood.[/QUOTE

    You'll be a master of one-wheel landings if you do many beach landings . . .

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