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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Windy Day/Opera House Cup/Plane Crash Pix

It was a very windy day around the waterfront today. Here's a shot of flags flapping and snapping on a bowed flagpole up on the cliff-

The fuel tanker, Great Gull, laying out in the sound waiting for the wind to die before coming in to unload at the Boat Basin-

Some scenes from Straight Wharf where all the Opera House Cup boats are docked waiting for the big race tomorrow-

Another huge sailboat made her way into the harbor yesterday. I was able to get up alongside her and follow her into the dock with my boat as she was slowly motoring down the main channel. Her name is Meteor and she's from George Town, Cayman Islands. She's currently Med-moored at the east face of Straight Wharf. It's worth a walk down there to have a look see.

(OT) Here are a couple of shots I took today of the plane that crashed at the base of the Loran tower last evening. (OT)

That is all for today.


6gr said...

Glad they made it out ok. Those Cirrus BRS chuts (Ballistic Recovery System) are controversial. Basically, most have been pulled when the pilot has become "disoriented" or experienced spatial disorientation. The FAA suggested in their release that this is what happened. Basically, flight training methods suggest that in such a case you level the wings and on the autopilot (if you have one) and then fly to better visual conditions and land. In this case, on friday, the weather was just fine everywhere but Nantucket. I would not want to second-guess the pilot in this or any other case, but the BRS often results in a pull of the chute instead of the pilot resorting to tried-and-true methods that they've been trained for. Just my opinion....

Martie said...

I'm wondering why the airplane was heavily damaged. Didn't it land with the aid of a parachute?

6GR said...

When you pull the chute on a BRS system, it destroys the airframe regardless of the landing speed. The landing speed is something like 20 miles per hour, which is going to do substantial damage anyway. You can see that the right wing is bucked and the aft fuselage detached aft of the chute attach points. the chute comes through the actual skin of the plane when deployed.

If I recall, I was flying around that time and the weather was fine everywhere except Nantucket. I may be wrong but I think there was a fog bank over Nantucket but not the Cape or Vineyard. In any case, a non-instrument-qualified pilot should turn around and land Hyannis if such conditions exist...we'll see how the investigation turns out to see what happened here, but many such accidents are avoidable...