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19th Aug 2005, 08:10
Just read this in The Times.

A PILOT flew his five-seater aircraft for two hours before he realised that nearly 6ft of the wing and a fuel tank were missing.
The pilot told investigators that he thought his Cessna 210 had been “struck by a little bird” on take-off from an airport near Shannon last Friday.

In fact a large section of wing and an auxiliary tank had been ripped off. The aircraft, which was setting out on a 961-mile flight to Lisbon, was forced to make an emergency landing at Jersey International Airport two hours and 379 miles later.

Full article here:- http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,174-1741385,00.html

Must have been some bird!!!!

19th Aug 2005, 08:17
Was the bird still sitting in the tree?

19th Aug 2005, 09:09
It's the sentance near the bottom of the article that gets me

"The Irish Air Accident Investigations Unit is looking at whether the pilot “misjudged” the runway and took off too low. "

I must have been taking off wrong all these years....

19th Aug 2005, 09:33
It has already been dealt with in Private Flying.


Never met the guy but from what I hear he is a vastly experienced pilot with an excellent reputation and very highly thought of.

Onan the Clumsy
19th Aug 2005, 12:22
Maybe he was flying the new Cessna 209 conversion

19th Aug 2005, 12:29
Wouldn't that be a C204 then?

19th Aug 2005, 18:23
This deserves a caption compo though.......

20th Aug 2005, 01:45
This deserves a caption compo though......
How about DC-2 1/2 (www.centercomp.com/cgi-bin/dc3/gallery?60015)? ;)

Rupert S
20th Aug 2005, 07:59
He added: “It is a possibility that he misjudged the take-off, causing him to collide with trees.”

:confused: :ok:

20th Aug 2005, 09:50
"Just a little bit of trim needed. . . . .... . . ." :zzz:

(or is the last 6 feet of the wing one of those bits that frequently falls off and the airline/manuafacturer says "but it's not an important peice of metal and there was no danger"?)

And just think how good the 'plane would be now, for Pylon Racing - always doing sharp turns in the same direction ;)