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Plane down in the water off Nightcliff..

Old 6th Feb 2009, 01:53
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Anyone notice the title of the SMH Article?

Sully "Lite" 'cool' pilot Steve's Darwin ditching drama...
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 01:55
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So far the NT Eggtimer has managed to squeeze in the crocs

Plane crashes off Darwin beach - Northern Territory News
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 02:03
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but appears to have nothing feathered.
Brian, where are the photos that show that? I can only find the one photo.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 02:14
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The pax were lucky they had someone with experience up the front.
I only hope you didn't "smash bottle" .
Good work Bolle.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 02:19
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Speaking of which and one must not assume, but one must think that something must have gone extremely wrong for a dude with many many many hours on type to have such a problem and not get back to the black stuff.

It would have been a heavy Chief with 6 pob and probably return fuel?
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 02:43
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Great outcome. Well done.

I don't have much confidence in heavy PA31's climbing at all on one donk.

If there's favourable terrain ahead, land while it's still controllable.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 03:51
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Having flown with he pilot in question, I would be very surprised if he didn't carry out all required actions quickly and calmly.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 04:16
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Northern Territory News - Plane crash off East Point
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 04:41
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I thought you would be on TV, calling for the airport to be closed and you fear for your life everyday!!

Gee imagine if it had crashed into the Bagot Road community, could have lost thousand's of traditional owners and their dogs.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 04:42
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Pilots initials?
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 04:44
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Pilots initials?
The pilot is named in several newspaper links, all posted here!!
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 05:47
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Framer, click on the NT News link in posts No. 22, then in that article, click on "see our pictures of the crash ". About 10 or eleven shots to look at , one or two of which are from where BA possibly makes his observations. Just pointing you in the right direction after your question, not commenting at all on the incident.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 06:12
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Great job bollee, well done mate, good to hear everyone is ok. How have things been mate its been some years since we shared a beer
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 06:28
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Good outcome and well done to the pilot!
On the lighter side ...... where were the bloody crocs this time? Have they taken a day off or something?
Hey tinpis, you must have an answer to that one!
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 06:43
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This story cant be complete surely without either the crocs or a rogue great white??? Great outcome all the same - pax + pilot walk away. Fantastic.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 07:54
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I don't have much confidence in heavy PA31's climbing at all on one donk.
Particularly if they've been fitted with a VG kit!

DF.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 08:20
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Hear Hear Desert Flower.

Well done Mr Bolle

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Old 6th Feb 2009, 09:39
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Well done that man!

I wonder if he will now get an offer from Sir Dick?
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 11:14
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They will climb

DF,

From personal experience I can tell you they will climb. I had one die on me a few years back. It didn't do much after I feathered it until I remembered to split the ball and put 5 degrees bank into the good engine plus shut the cowl flap. After that it was all good. I had 8 pax and 3 hours fuel so a fair bit of weight but to be fair it was only about 28 degrees OAT.
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Old 6th Feb 2009, 12:10
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Wally - where are you? Tell me again about how a second donk will always get you out of trouble? How dangerous SE turbine is? At least the van at Townsville last year was able to be flown back to a runway.

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To the pilot - nice ditching - great outcome for the those on board. Considered a seaplane rating? You've already got one water landing in the log book.
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