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Incident at Wynyard Airport

Old 13th Jul 2012, 11:40
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Incident at Wynyard Airport

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Good Outcome for Friday 13th.. R W
Emergency landing at Wynyard airport


13 Jul, 2012 09:08 PM
A PILOT has made a safe emergency landing at the Wynyard airport just moments ago.
Residents watched the tense moment as the Piper Chieftan inbound from Melbourne, which was experiencing mechanical problems, successfully made the landing.
The pilot had reported problems with the ability to trim the plan on landing.
A large number of police, fire and ambulance vehicles were on the scene.



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FROM EARLIER: EMERGENCY crews are at the Wynyard airport where a plane is having difficulty in landing.
Police are reporting a Piper Chieftan aircraft inbound from Melbourne has reported "mechanical issues".
The wheels of the plane, which is circling the airport, are down but it is having difficulty with "trimming" and can not descend.
Police, ambulance and fire crews are on the scene.
The pilot is in contact with Melbourne air traffic control.
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Old 13th Jul 2012, 12:45
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Elevator down spring?
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Old 13th Jul 2012, 14:40
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I'd more likely suggest CG issues as these things, besides tending to be rear CG critical when heavy (mains burn rearward) also have a CG shift (.69" rearward from memory?) when gear is extended. Get slow...less effective elevator with pitchy aircraft and panicky pilot....

That or trim runaway? All purely speculation at this stage of course.....
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Runaway trim or otherwise, glad he made it all the same.
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Tasfast? What rego anyone?
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MYX? The 7000 year old Chieftain with 140,000 hours on the frame

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Old 14th Jul 2012, 00:22
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Mechanical problems cause airport drama


Update from todays Advocate

BY CAMERON WHITELEY
14 Jul, 2012 12:00 AM
A PILOT was forced to make an emergency landing at Wynyard airport last night after encountering mechanical difficulties with his aircraft.


Concerned onlookers watched nervously as the Tasfast freight service Piper Chieftain, carrying only the pilot on board, circled the Wynyard area for nearly an hour.

The 22-year-old pilot from Victoria, whose name could not be provided, first reported the problems to air traffic control in Melbourne about 8.30pm.

Police said the aircraft was about 60 nautical miles off Wynyard when he realised there were issues with the trim of the aircraft which could jeopardise the landing.

Three police vehicles, five fire service units and three units from the airport responded to the reports and started to put in place a plan for the landing.

"We were able to have communications with the pilot and discuss a landing plan for him and have everyone in position prior to him coming into landing," Tasmania Police Sergeant Mark Forteath said.

"We were told he had 150 litres of fuel on board so we knew that time wasn't such an issue at that particular moment.

"We were able to then tell him to land once when everyone was in position, and he came in for an emergency landing which was excellent."

Sgt Forteath said the pilot had acted well under pressure.

"No one was hurt, the pilot has walked away quite happily and the aircraft wasn't damaged either. It was a really good landing and the pilot should be praised for his efforts," he said.
"He was doing a really good job (during the communications), he was very very calm and doing a brilliant job for the stress that he was under.
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Biggest thing that has happened at Burnie/Wynyard since young Tony(RIP), had the handbrake problem in the **x company vehicle.

Where was the rescue chopper?
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@Jack Ranga,

I am laughing my arse off at the accuracy of your post.

You forgot to mention the 50 wheels ups the thing has had too!!

Haaaaa hahaha. Gold.
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Funny yes, accurate, well, no........ 38 years and 24,000hrs bit closer to the mark
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The hours on these old chiefie's, you'd think there'd be a market for new builds.
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Don't forget the wheels up back in September 2010, I can't remember which rego it was now.
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Sounds like it might be covered under the Piper warranty programme with those hours.
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Jack Ranga / Porch Monkey / Stationair et al -

That's comedy gold!

While we're on the funny stuff: (note to Mods - slight thread drift alert)
In today's news, the PM has promised that $1 billlion will be spent giving low-paid employees a wage rise.

Betcha my left that pilots aren't on the list.
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...nor panel beaters
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As already mentioned it was a good outcome and all the young tyros can look and learn the causes and how the pilot saved this relic by reading future editions of the FSM
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Jaz, a new build chieftain would cost you more than a caravan. Nobody would buy them.
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Yeah, but just wait until the wing comes of some Somalian relic and a grounding is effected until a SIDs program is developed and enacted...

Gonna see some panic in the industry then. Why are we still flying 40 year old pieces of crap anyhoo? Like catching an XB Falcon as a taxi, for Chrissake!
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Probably because theres been next to no improvement in fuel efficiency or maintenance costs for light aircraft over the decades. Theres no incentive to outlay capital on new aircraft.
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38 years and 24,000hrs bit closer to the mark

Still young at heart, She still has 26,000 good hours to run in Oz GA
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