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Captain Monty Rodger, born 1934 Napier New Zealand, died 2000 Nottingham England

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Captain Monty Rodger, born 1934 Napier New Zealand, died 2000 Nottingham England

Old 27th Feb 2020, 06:44
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Captain Monty Rodger, born 1934 Napier New Zealand, died 2000 Nottingham England

He flew for Mt Cook Airlines in the 1960s and I remember him as a real “character” and wit. Does anyone remember him?
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Old 29th Feb 2020, 10:09
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I remember hearing of this legend when I joined British Midland Airways in 1974. I believe he had just left the airline for pastures new ! Same chap ?
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Legend wasn't the word!

Credit​​​: Vickers Viscount Network - Viscount c/n 347 operational record

Viscount G-AZLR 19 January 1973
Suffered a landing accident at Birmingham International Airport, Elmdon, West Midlands, England during a positioning flight from Leeds / Bradford Airport, Yeadon, Yorkshire, England.


As the aircraft touched down the port main undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft skidded along the runway and slewed off to the left, onto the grass. The tail of the aircraft was close to the runway which prevented other aircraft from using it. There was no post-crash fire.

Fortunately there were no passengers on board and the two pilots plus a positioning Captain (Monty) were all unhurt.

After an extensive investigation it was determined that the port undercarriage leg was not properly locked down, which showed up in the cockpit but no blame was attached to the crew as they had noted the unsafe cockpit light and checked the port wing indicator before they landed which showed that it was in the 'safe' position. The mechanical indicator on the port wing had frozen solid overnight at Leeds and broke when the undercarriage was retracted, thus giving false information to the crew.

The aircraft returned to service after repairs, which took approximately two weeks including replacing the two shock loaded Dart engines.
The bit about other a/c unable to use the runway is not quite correct, but that's another story.

After the incident, Monty suddenly appeared, on his own in the BMA Load Control office. He picked up a phone, called operations at EMA and his first words were "It wasn't me, It wasn't me"

A real character who always made an impression every time he passed through, and a real pleasure to deal with. He really was in a class of his own, a true one-off
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