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Monday, February 20, 2012

zOMG, the Dreaded Panel Power Failure!!

Between the reporter and the sheriff, I have to wonder who dresses them in the morning.
HAMBURG, Minn.- A 42-year-old Minneapolis woman was uninjured when she was forced to land a plane in a plowed field near Hamburg.

Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson says the incident happened Saturday afternoon. The woman was the only person on the plane when her instrument panel lost power and she had to land.


Oldfool said...

uh, Her instrument panel lost power? Either the reporter didn't know what he is talking about or the person was too incompetent to be the pilot.
I once had a student that got lost on her first cross country then became really low on fuel. She elected to land in a muddy cotton field while she still had power. I thought she made a good choice as she never allowed the situation to become an emergency. It went into her logbook as one more landing. I had another very low time student that blew a jug off a 4 cylinder lycoming but the engine kept running but without enough power to maintain altitude. He elected to use what he had and instead of landing in the fields there and dodging the powerlines he made a slow descent to a nearby airport (Torrance Ca). He had the presence of mind to turn off the runway while he still had momentum thus allowing the runway to be re-opened for other traffic.
The cylinder was laying the bottom of the cowling.
My students could all fly the airplane with no instrument panel at all before soloing.

Eck! said...

I've flown the C150 without power when the over voltage cutout failed.

THe engine has magnetos so the only loss was the electric turn and bank
and the radio (we had a portable for backup). Not a reason to land.

If on the other hand the weather was poor then its likely a good idea to pick you spot rather than have it picked for you.

Dumb reporter, safe pilot, unbent bird.


Nangleator said...

There must be some sort of man-made or natural law that prevents reporters from correctly reporting on aviation stories.

I know less about this story now, than before I heard about it.

Paul said...

I totally agree with you on media reportage of aviation accidents. I also find most reporting oddly deferential to the pilots involved, even when they are obviously at fault. I wrote about that here: