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  • OT: Airline maintenance worker takes an airplane out for a joyride and crashes it

    This is truly astonishing. Obviously this guy didn't have previous flying experience. I assume he was flying around at full throttle the entire flight.


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    • #3
      everybody eventually leaves the keys in the ignition.
      san jose, ca. usa

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      • #4
        Another good one. Some raw footage

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        • #5
          could not believe that guys skill level for never flying esp. the lake dive bomb maneuver,

          what a wing-nut but at least he didn't kill anyone else... still - what a wing-nut

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          • #6
            The more power an airplane has, the easier it is to fly. I think he took off with full throttle which is normal but never bothered to back off and continued to fly at full throttle which is incredibly easy to do. He probably never even touched the rudder after he took off. Once he is off the ground, he could fly around with full throttle effortlessly with just elevator and aileron inputs.

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            • #7
              It actually isn't that difficult to perform maneuvers like that if you're not afraid to die (and aren't worried about over stressing the airframe or stalling). He was an aircraft mechanic so he knew how airplanes work plus he said he's flown sims in video games, which certainly helps.

              I once flew a real USN V-22 simulator and performed high speed barrel rolls about 500 feet over the deck above a virtual runway. It was easy. So was landing and takeoff (sorta). I did similar things in a full fledged multi-million dollar F-18 simulator (including flying it under a bridge). And I'm no V-22 or F-18 pilot to say the least. Take-off in a aircraft like the commuter he's flying wouldn't be that hard either (barring a strong crosswind). Getting an approach right and landing without damaging the aircraft would have been impressive though...The one thing he didn't do.

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              • #8
                Come on folks, this nut was on a suicide mission, he was not looking for your or 3 Phase's approval. And he got the job done in style.
                Last edited by lugnut; 08-14-2018, 12:36 AM.
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                • #9
                  He was a baggage handler, not a mechanic. And listen to the ATC audio... kind of sad.

                  You can fly a sim all day long, but until you really experience the G-forces of a loop and barrel roll it's hard to image exactly what you need to do. When he came close to the water, the only thing that stopped him pancaking at that point was that he got into ground effect with decent attitude and high speed. If he'd hit the water he might have actually survived, if he chose too.
                  Last edited by lakeside53; 08-13-2018, 09:45 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
                    The more power an airplane has, the easier it is to fly. I think he took off with full throttle which is normal but never bothered to back off and continued to fly at full throttle which is incredibly easy to do. He probably never even touched the rudder after he took off. Once he is off the ground, he could fly around with full throttle effortlessly with just elevator and aileron inputs.
                    He was at less than half power.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
                      The more power an airplane has, the easier it is to fly. I think he took off with full throttle which is normal but never bothered to back off and continued to fly at full throttle which is incredibly easy to do. He probably never even touched the rudder after he took off. Once he is off the ground, he could fly around with full throttle effortlessly with just elevator and aileron inputs.
                      yeah somewhat until you dive-bomb an obstacle (like a lake) and have to try and calculate slip and the amount of forces and radius the plane can hold, like I say - first time out in the real world and that actually had me on the edge of my seat some wondering if that's when he was going to crash, nope - he pulled that one off... his judgement was fairly sound (or he got somewhat lucky too) for all that could have went wrong with that particular stunt...

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                      • #12
                        I thought it was pretty sad to be honest. At least he didn't hurt anyone else in the process.

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                        • #13
                          absolutely --- sad yet glad he did not hurt anyone but even in just "offing" himself he also destroyed allot of valuable equipment,,, not exactly going out as a hero.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by tomato coupe View Post
                            He was at less than half power.
                            That plane was flying full throttle. There was a point where I believe they told him to throttle back and he indicated it's now above idle at which point they said power up to 50%. He was also burning through his fuel like crazy. You don't burn that much fuel at half power.

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                            • #15
                              Another similar incident today:

                              https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...police-n900236

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                              Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
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