Aviation myth-busters: “A good landing is one you can walk away from”

Stenkovec aerodrome, near Skopje, Macedonia on 21 September. An Israeli Cessna 172 is on final approach. There are three people aboard.

1 Dragan Cvetic)

oops, a bit high on the round-out…

2 Dragan Cvetic)

 I think a touch of power might be a good idea…

3 Dragan Cvetic)

oops, wing-drop…

4 Dragan Cvetic)

…aaah! too late, wingtip-scrape…

5 Dragan Cvetic)

…oh dear! Here we go. Brace brace!

6 Dragan Cvetic)

…sorry chaps…

7 Dragan Cvetic)

…I do not have control…

8 Dragan Cvetic)

…oops, the engine’s fallen off. I hope this stops soon…

9 Dragan Cvetic)

…I think the other end is coming off now.

But at least we’re still here to tell the tale!

So it qualifies as a landing. Doesn’t it, chaps?

Please don’t look at me like that!

(Pictures: Dragan Cvetic; information: Igor Bozinovski)

7 Responses to Aviation myth-busters: “A good landing is one you can walk away from”

  1. Sebastiao Pantoja 24 September, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    And an excellent landing is the one that allows the plane to fly again, in no more than 30 minutes after it. I don’t think that this can be qualified as such…

  2. www.smartflighttraining.com 24 September, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    The better definition for this scenario, I think, is that “a landing is just a controlled crash.”

    Which would certainly disqualify this one.

  3. nick laskaris 25 September, 2013 at 5:28 am #

    Good job there was a photographer on standby!

  4. David Connolly 25 September, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    Ouucchh !, that’s quite a Shekel bill. Still, with a phone everyone is a photographer. I wonder if s/he went to the Idaho Orthadox school of test flight ?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVM3RRd1vf0

  5. Rory Kay 26 September, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

    It’ll buff out. Flew in, flew out theory….

  6. captoscar58 1 October, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    MMMM, its been a long time since Ive flown a Cessna 172 but it looks like he tried to take off with full flaps. If I remember correctly, if he is doing short field take off, you should use 10 degrees of flaps, looks like full to me or he might of been doing touch and go’s and forgot to retract flaps on landing and acceleration.

  7. Bart 13 October, 2013 at 6:52 am #

    By the blur of the prop on the picture he was at low power setting.
    You don’t get this amount of over flaring in a 172 without bad abuse; i.e. yanking the yoke to the stop.
    The elevators are in neutral position, maybe even a little aircraft nose down until impact.
    My guess is that the c,g, was way out (aft), which may be flyable when the aircraft is clean but gets out of control when flaps are extended. Interesting to know how the people were seated and what they had in the bagage compartment.

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