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Old 3rd Feb 2008, 16:27
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Bad Landing

Just wondering airline pilots, what are your worst experiences when landing a jet.
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Old 3rd Feb 2008, 17:38
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slammed a b727 on rwy 30R DXB........the bounce was spectacular to say the least...
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Bad Landings

...well I'm just sick of pulling off greasers every time.
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Bad choice of words my friend

Bad Landing = Arrival
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Many an arrival so far---a few good landings here and there too
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In the Royal Navy any landing you walk away from is a good landing!!! After a few carrier landings you'll know what I mean!!
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...any landing you walk away from is a good landing!!!
And any landing where they can use the plane again is a great landing!

Therefore, I've never made anything but great landings
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my first landing ever was in a 172SP... bounced pretty high and rolled slightly left.... my 2nd one, in a 152, was better.. lets see if i can put it out flat properly on saturday!
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Landed a B727-200 in FAPE (Port Elizabeth, SA). The 10 oxygen masks hanging fron the ceiling in the cabin said more than words could.
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I put a CR2 on the nose gear. Twice.
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Old 5th Feb 2008, 18:06
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Had a student to constantly was flaring out too high - 5 to 10 feet above the runway. Constantly had to correct him but on the like hundredth attempt I was so sick of it I just let him go ahead with it, my plan was on letting him stall and then take the controls and recover. C172 btw.

Oh well he stalled it on allright. The instant before impact I was sure I was going to get the main gear up my behind.

(Had the plane inspected, no damage done. Amazing what these old 172s can do. And amazing how one learns the hard way not to let a student get you into something you can't get out of...)
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Old 5th Feb 2008, 18:10
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Slammed a 319 once and a 320 once too... both times was waiting for the post flight mx report to have a heavy landing note (when I was new to the Airbus). The A320 landing I got caught out by heavy/slight tailwind/high ROD on the glide, didn't flare early enough....50,40,30 20 fla.. 10 ..re BANG!

One of my friends managed to drop some O2 masks on the A320. Another friend of mine managed to put a Dash 8 into Mx for a heavy landing check.

Very bad for the confidence!
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Leeds Bradford has been the site of most of my interesting arrivals.

Seen some right crunchers there as well waiting at the hold
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Well there was that time...

Ok since we're letting all our skeletons out of the closet...

Last month I crunched a 747-200 into 30L Singapore so hard that Jeppesen had to lower the threshold elevation but a couple feet. Good they build the old girls tough.

And back in 2004 I ploughed a 320 into 20 in Palermo... the bounce was so high the captain and I had time to look at each other when we momentarily got airborne again... his mouth a perfect O... the ashen pax de-boarding and the poor engineer who had to inspect the scarebus all night long were not amused...

Feel better now!

PS Best comment after a hard landing I ever heard came from a Captain reminiscing one of his harder "arrivals": apparently, shortly after pummeling a DC-8 into a runway, his Flight Engineer exclaimed, "Stuff me, mate, I've seen better landings were everyone was killed!"

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Old 5th Feb 2008, 19:04
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The worst landing I ever did was at Francistown, Botswana back in the 1960's. The only member of the crew who had ever been there before was the loadmaster.

All we had was a latitude and longitude and the length and direction of the runway (ATC had gone hunting for the weekend).

I remember thinking that the runway looked longer than we had been led to believe when we hit it - hard - on all three legs! Nobody had told us that it was only 18 metres wide!!!!
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what are your worst experiences when landing a jet.
When the new-hire flight attendant told me she was late.....
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Heard tales of a guy "arriving" at LBA in a particularly stiff breeze across the runway and on landing was able to hear the No1 announce to the passengers that they hadn't in fact been shot down but had arrived at Leeds Bradford Airport!! Same No1 came into the flight deck and upon discovering who had "landed" the aircraft informed the pilot concerned in no uncertain terms that he was supposed to kiss the tarmac, not ...................
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Has anyone ever seen a plane go-around from a duff bounced landing or float to far and go-around? I've never seen either having watched 000s of landings so I guess it can't be that common.

If you are in a float and running out of space is it tempting to pull the spoilers? That would get the bird down fairly quickly I guess?
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My first landing was when i was 13 in Guam, having my 1st ever flight with a japanese FI, after showing me how to land with a Touch n go. Touched down with 1 wheel and a 10degrees bank, the airplane was skidding so much that i thought i was in a rally car!

Even today, i still deeply admire that FI's courage!!
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If you are in a float and running out of space is it tempting to pull the spoilers? That would get the bird down fairly quickly I guess?
Someone on the SLF forum tried to accuse Ryanair of doing just that a while ago...I somehow doubt it though. The only time I've heard of it actually happening was when the spoilers were "accidentally" pulled at about 50ft in a VC10, resulting in a very hard landing and quite a lot of damage to the aircraft.
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