So was it the dog or the pilot?

The pilot of this Dornier 328 turboprop passenger aircraft slips into the grass beside the runway while trying to land at Tanah Merah airport in Papua province, Indonesia. The only operator of the type in Indonesia is Xpress Air, but it is not clear if this aircraft is part of its fleet.

You can see the propeller fly off at 0.15 as the wing hits the ground, and the passengers scramble off later on as the aircraft comes to a stop.

If you look closely at the start of the video and read the comments, itappears as though the pilot was trying to avoid the dog that ran acrossthe runway. But the dog is a far way off from the aircraft, which wastrying to land in wet conditions, and it appears as though the pilotliterally slips up.

Thankfully, nobody was reportedly injured in the incident. Having said that, it makes for a great funny video.

6 Responses to So was it the dog or the pilot?

  1. Spacman 16 June, 2009 at 11:44 am #

    So what actions have been taken against the dog?

  2. Carl - 19 June, 2009 at 1:37 am #

    Why the hell did they get out of the plane whilst the propellers were still moving? I wouldn’t have want to travel with that company!

  3. Siva Govindasamy 20 June, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    Haha, the passengers just panicked I suppose.

    And yeah, the airlines can be rather dodgy. This particular operator appears to be keen to get more aircraft and launch more services. I would rather just avoid them, but that is just me!

  4. Pedro Conejo 20 June, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    As usual, passengers are carrying their possessions with them. If they had suitcases, they’d carry them too.

  5. Jonathan 21 June, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    Nothing particularly “funny” about an aircraft accident. And no, it does’t look like they were trying to avoid the dog.

  6. Pete 23 June, 2009 at 6:28 pm #

    So why wasn’t the dog wearing a high viz jacket?….

    Joking aside, the comment about the propellers still moving whislt the passengers are evacuating….. on the 328 the props do tend to take at least 20s to stop turning after the engines are shut down when the condition levers (CLs) are already in the “start-feather” position, it will take even longer to stop when the CLs were in the “max” as they would be for a normal landing.

    The nose wheel steering does not work when the CLs are in “Max”, only when in the “High-Taxi or Min” position, usually the CLs are put to “min” during the landing roll below 60kts.

    Don’t know what happened in this case but this is the 2nd accident this lot have had in 12 months, they wrote off another 328 on landing when they landed short of the runway…..

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