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Old 18th May 2011, 08:06
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RAAF Crash East Sale

Not much info yet.... what did we lose a PC9 ??
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Old 18th May 2011, 08:12
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Just did a google search and found an article about a PC9 crash around 1515hrs local. Appears pilot(s?) ejected safely.
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Old 18th May 2011, 08:32
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RAAF PC9/A plane crashes near East Sale base | Herald Sun
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Old 18th May 2011, 08:50
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the other day there were a few PC9's at Wagga doing low level work
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Old 18th May 2011, 09:18
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RAAF PC-9s grounded after crash | Australian Aviation Magazine

The Australian way... crash a plane, then GROUND all similar types

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Old 18th May 2011, 10:27
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At Avalon Airshow the Roulette team aircraft did not all have the big R on the tail. Three were from 2FTS Pearce. I was told that it was because all the higher engine time PC9's had been grounded because of an earlier engine incident.

Now there appears to be another incident..........
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Old 18th May 2011, 12:08
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I remember a CT4 having an engine failure and subsequent forced landing in a friend's paddock off Dunnings Rd just north of Pt Cook; back in the 80's if I recall correctly. No big deal then, no damage during landing as far as I know but a hell of a theatrical performance on behalf of RAAF personnel; armed guards around the aircraft for some time, a huge fuss with the property owner being told to effoff despite property damage and expensive animals nearby; bigger than Ben Hur I remember him saying, I don't recall him being to impressed.

Short video clips just now on ABC of military personnel wearing respirator gear while other individuals in civvies breathing al la naturale.
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Old 18th May 2011, 22:08
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Is the engine a PT6 in the PC9 ?
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Old 18th May 2011, 22:37
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It makes no difference re total time of aircraft. Engines/props are on a different overhaul schedule. Hours and cycles on the engine not the airframe dictate its condition. A 10,000 hours airframe can have a "0" time since overhaul engine for example.
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Old 18th May 2011, 23:08
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From memory SOP's are to punch regardless, but I do wonder if there is a minimum. There is mention in this link of ejection at "only 300ft" which makes me wonder what the minimum is.

This is an interesting link:
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Old 18th May 2011, 23:24
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If the prop doesn't/isn't feathered the thing sinks like a collins class (couldn't resist). Do you waste time deciding if you might make it ( and maybe get that decision wrong)or do you take a well rehearsed option.
I heard someone recalling a story of a RAF pilot I believe, who ejected.
The journo asked him just after the incident when did you make the decision to eject in this scenario?
The pilot replied 10 years ago.
The PC 9 is getting on, who cares if you chuck one away if it fails the makers warranty as long as the crew get out safely.
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Old 18th May 2011, 23:51
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As long as ejection is initated within the performance parameters of the particular seat installed, and correct seating posture is adopted the risks of injury should be minimal. Where you land is another matter! As a matter of procedure, all ejectees are immediately raced of to medical to get an X-ray.
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Old 19th May 2011, 00:23
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and don't forget that once they abandon ship, its an out of control missile. How much consideration is given to people on the ground?
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Old 19th May 2011, 00:59
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Lucky it wasn't a PC-12, where punching out isn't an option!

Oh I see Wally has already broached that topic!
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Old 19th May 2011, 02:55
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Hi Wal
My comments are just my own thoughts on the matter and not directed at any one (in this case!).
There is a ADF media release from today that now says the boys had departed, had an engine failure, turned back from some distance, tried to restart but it wouldn't and they were not in gliding distance so selected the Martin Baker let down option.
The PC 9 really isn't a good aircraft to try to force land on a paddock, particularly when you have another option. Bang seats have got better over the years and offer a much better option than a relatively high speed landing with narrowish tires and fuel tanks very close to the leading edge.
As for deciding where to leave vs whats on the ground all depends on the time/control you have over the situation. I imagine for those who have done it they tried to control the outcome as much as possible and its the first thing you would think of once you are on the ground.
I had my own policy regarding it but it may have varied in the real case!!!
As for the PT6, the PC9 ones get flogged but I do have awe for anyone who flies one without a bang seat!
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Old 19th May 2011, 02:57
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Punching out in the event of an engine failure is SOP. part of that procedure, is to ensure the aircraft will cause minimal damage on the ground after you leave it. in otehrword, exercise good airmanship and make sure your aircraft is pointed somewhere safe when you pull the handle
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Old 19th May 2011, 03:04
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Out of interest, I believe that all the PC-9 frames get rotated through 2FTS and the Roulettes ... to average out the usage.
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Old 19th May 2011, 04:06
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Hey Wally,

Just a few hours later I launched from YSGE to YRED......and it was dark!

And no ejection options
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Old 19th May 2011, 04:18
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Are the PC9s ejection system similar to the CT4Bs in that does one have to manually jump out of the aircraft?
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Old 19th May 2011, 04:35
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Do the RAAF PC9s have zero-zero seats? or would that be too new and expensive (by RAAF standards)
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