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Topic: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Jasondn
Posted 2012-03-28 23:30:44 and read 31669 times.

Disturbing story in the local news this morning.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...s-woman-in-half-on-runway-20120328

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: HPRamper
Posted 2012-03-28 23:46:29 and read 31542 times.

How would you not see, let alone hear a plane coming in to land? Very strange incident.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Speedbird128
Posted 2012-03-28 23:51:12 and read 31496 times.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 1):
Very strange incident.

Its africa. Having lived in africa 30 years, I can assure you ive seen lots of weird stuff on airfields. Wildlife is hard to keep out. Climbing people even more so.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: EGSUcrew
Posted 2012-03-28 23:55:28 and read 31442 times.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 1):

I fly out if EGSQ airfield which has a footpath running across the middle of the runway, pedestrians have the right of way. The amount of people who are completly oblivious to an aircraft on final is shocking.

If you add some of the conditions I see at African airfields on tv, I can see how this could happen.

All that aside, a sad accident.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: BlueJuice
Posted 2012-03-29 00:07:22 and read 31334 times.

In many parts of the world, the video below represents a typical airport.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdN13gnDqyw

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Mr AirNZ
Posted 2012-03-29 02:31:42 and read 30568 times.

I operated into a strip in Zambia that had people forever crossing it. This was to the point that if you waited for the strip to be clear, you would be waiting all day. We would takeoff and land and people would still be running across. I never got close to collecting one but with the locals the way the often are, I can totally see how it happens.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: raffik
Posted 2012-03-29 02:49:16 and read 30391 times.

That is particularly gruesome. The pilot must be feeling quite traumatised by that..

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Superfly
Posted 2012-03-29 03:04:58 and read 30256 times.

This sounds horrible!
I wonder if they think the aircraft are slower than what they're actually travelling at.

Quoting EGSUcrew (Reply 3):
pedestrians have the right of way.

That's crazy. The airplane can't just stop.

This reminds me of this old thread.

Giraffe Collides With Aircraft (by ENU Jun 15 2007 in Civil Aviation)#1

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: EGSUcrew
Posted 2012-03-29 03:26:46 and read 30097 times.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
That's crazy. The airplane can't just stop.

Nope! But the pilot just has to be aware and ready to go around at any moment.

http://www.ead.eurocontrol.int/eadba...EG_AD_2_EGSQ_2-1_en_2009-09-24.pdf

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Gingersnap
Posted 2012-03-29 08:05:33 and read 28292 times.

Quoting EGSUcrew (Reply 8):
Nope! But the pilot just has to be aware and ready to go around at any moment.

That is something that should be looked at in some depth. In this country of all places obsessed with health and safety, that just seems like a death/accident waiting to happen.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: lvhgel
Posted 2012-03-29 08:12:01 and read 28013 times.

It's a tragedy though in the video posted by

Quoting BlueJuice (Reply 4):

that aircraft is landing on the town's principal street, and we all know that if someone crosses at that moment, there is no way to stop a plane just after touch down (BTW talk about bush pilots) there seem to be not even enough space to make a go after the touch. Dangerous for the pedestrians, for the crew and the craft.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: MountainFlyer
Posted 2012-03-29 08:21:10 and read 27584 times.

Quoting EGSUcrew (Reply 8):
Nope! But the pilot just has to be aware and ready to go around at any moment.

Without knowing the exact details it's hard to know, but it is quite possible he was already on the ground with a clear runway and she wasn't looking and ran across. In that case, it may have been impossible for him to go around.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Thrust
Posted 2012-03-29 08:27:03 and read 27342 times.

Look both ways before you cross the runway I guess..what were these people doing on a runway to begin with?

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Grid
Posted 2012-03-29 09:02:30 and read 25821 times.

Quoting HPRamper (Reply 1):
How would you not see, let alone hear a plane coming in to land? Very strange incident.

Blind and deaf?

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: MountainFlyer
Posted 2012-03-29 09:07:19 and read 25630 times.

Quoting Thrust (Reply 12):
what were these people doing on a runway to begin with?

In many countries around the world, it is quite normal for people to be on the runway at the smaller, more rural airports. That's if the "airport" is even an airport at all and not just a good section of road or an empty field near a school or a house or what have you. I've seen pictures of some "runways" that double as a kids soccer field. If a pilot wants to land, he makes a low pass first, which the locals know means to clear the way because he wants to land.

If you look at the chart EGSUcrew posted in reply 8, there is actually a published pedestrian path across this runway at the particular airport in question.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Eltomzo
Posted 2012-03-29 11:06:23 and read 21477 times.

Quoting Speedbird128 (Reply 2):
Its africa. Having lived in africa 30 years, I can assure you ive seen lots of weird stuff on airfields. Wildlife is hard to keep out. Climbing people even more so.

TIA, as they say in Blood Diamond.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Jasondn
Posted 2012-03-29 11:22:29 and read 20923 times.

It appears the runway is a divide between the workers of the quarry and the settlement. This obviously happens everyday judging by the path made.

Check these co-ordinates on Google Earth

26°29'42.83"S
29°58'47.70"E

Very sad, as the area around the runway seems to be secure, clear and open.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: oksman
Posted 2012-03-29 11:44:56 and read 20163 times.

This is very sad indeed.

I was also impressed by this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6iLHhq_V5c&feature=related

During take off roll, aircraft needs to make a left turn to follow the runway, as it is just a regular road

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: EGSUcrew
Posted 2012-03-29 11:51:56 and read 19953 times.

Quoting MountainFlyer (Reply 11):
Without knowing the exact details it's hard to know, but it is quite possible he was already on the ground with a clear runway and she wasn't looking and ran across. In that case, it may have been impossible for him to go around.

Yeah I wasn't making any accusations towards the pilot, I was just saying that's the drill at Clacton.

Quoting Gingersnap (Reply 9):
That is something that should be looked at in some depth. In this country of all places obsessed with health and safety, that just seems like a death/accident waiting to happen.

Well it's only a small airfield and all visiting pilots are required to PPR and have a brief, I think everyone (pedestrians included) have become used to the situation. It just doesn't always stop them standing on the path taking pictures whilst you're on a half mile final...

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: GUYAIR707
Posted 2012-03-29 13:18:07 and read 17465 times.

Very sad.

Down in Guyana sometimes the pilots flying to the interior have to "buzz" the runway to clear the animals on it before landing.

GUYAIR707

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: 757gb
Posted 2012-03-29 13:45:15 and read 16576 times.

To be hit by a car... not likely but possible.
To be hit by a bus... less likely, still possible
To be hit by a train... very unlikely unless you are looking for it
To be hit by a landing plane... that's what I call having a really bad day

BTW, I certainly mean no disrespect and I'm not trying to make it sound funny in any way... it is horrible. It just boggles my mind when I think of it that way.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: frmrCapCadet
Posted 2012-03-29 15:16:03 and read 14088 times.

We unfortunately have frequent RR pedestrian incidents in our US town and state. Sometimes MP-3 players are involved, but not always. It is surprisingly difficult for a person in a noisy environment to notice and intuit what direction the noise is coming from.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: yvphx
Posted 2012-03-29 16:05:00 and read 12949 times.

I think the most interesting part of this story is at the end of the article. It says:

- Were you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and photos.

I say, pictures or it didn't happen.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: KC135TopBoom
Posted 2012-03-29 16:09:44 and read 12851 times.

Quoting EGSUcrew (Reply 3):
I fly out if EGSQ airfield which has a footpath running across the middle of the runway, pedestrians have the right of way. The amount of people who are completly oblivious to an aircraft on final is shocking.
Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
That's crazy. The airplane can't just stop.
Quoting EGSUcrew (Reply 8):
Nope! But the pilot just has to be aware and ready to go around at any moment.

There comes a point during landing where on the runway you don't have enough airspeed to go around, yet still to much speed to be able to stop. It is simple physics. So giving pedestrians, vehicles, livestock, etc. right of way over the airplane is just stupid.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: ChazPilot
Posted 2012-03-29 20:05:24 and read 8057 times.

Quoting yvphx (Reply 22):

yvphx, you beat me to the punch on that one! Seriously - eyewitness photos? I think this is disturbingly clear enough without pics, IMHO.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: ATCtower
Posted 2012-03-29 22:31:05 and read 5802 times.

While I will say 'sad', this seems like a great candidate for the Darwin award...

Africa or not, the common sense/intelligence required to not stand in the way of something 25 times your size coming at you at roughly 75mph needs to prevail, and if it doesnt, chances are you would have probably been killed walking off a cliff or tying a brick to your feet and jumping in a lake wanting to go fishing or something...

I know it sounds callous, but you dont need a thorough knowledge of aviation (or physics) to realize you need to get the hell out of the way. Sorry, I feel for her family (provided they are a few IQ points higher), but moreso feel for the pilot(s). The image is not one I would want to live with no matter the circumstances.

To respond to EGSU's post of 'going around'... Not particularly easy; especially when your plane is on rollout slower than VR  Wink

[Edited 2012-03-29 22:32:42]

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Glom
Posted 2012-03-29 23:51:44 and read 4770 times.

Quoting EGSUcrew (Reply 8):

That's the most retarded thing I've ever heard. Aside from the obvious safety issue, it is a recipe for needless pollution. When a conflict arises, a pilot must go around and fly another 6 minutes of circuit burning fuel. If the pedestrian gives way, he waits five seconds, no harm done. If I'm flying into this airfield, one lousy pedestrian can cost me 4 litres of fuel and £15 due to delays in getting down. And what if pedestrians keep coming. Could I end up having to declare a fuel emergency because I've been circling waiting for a gap.

That being said, having looked at the textual information, I find no reference to this idiocy.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: HPRamper
Posted 2012-03-29 23:59:58 and read 4770 times.

Quoting ChazPilot (Reply 24):
yvphx, you beat me to the punch on that one! Seriously - eyewitness photos? I think this is disturbingly clear enough without pics, IMHO.

While amusing, I think that's a stock statement, on every story that the publication writes up. Not specific to this story.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: EGSUcrew
Posted 2012-03-30 00:12:07 and read 4737 times.

Let me clear a few things up!

At Clacton, if a pedestrian had entered the airfield, the aircraft MUST go around/hold short (but then this is no different to a normal runway incursion). Although pedestrians have the right to walk out when an aircraft is on final, it is relatively rare. The "right of way" thing is not publicised to them and they will usually wait through common sense if nothing else.

Also, I was not suggesting that the pilot in this case should've gone around, I was responding to a post regarding runway incursions at EGSQ, not the incident airfield.

I should also point out that in 50 years, there has been no loss of life or injury as a result of crossing the runway. In this nanny-state, do you think the CAA would approve a clearly unsafe airport?

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: Flaps
Posted 2012-03-30 15:50:53 and read 3608 times.

A Mooney approaching touchdown makes very little noise aside from the chirp of the tires on landing. What little sound it does make is primarily behind it. Knowing nothing about the airport in question it could be possible that ambient background noise or conversation among the women could have easily drowned out the aircraft.

Topic: RE: Plane Slices Woman In Half On Runway
Username: DTWPurserBoy
Posted 2012-03-30 15:58:36 and read 3608 times.

We had a ground agent a few years ago at EWR who became distracted and accidentally walked into a running engine on a SAAB340. Passengers, pilots and flight attendants were traumatized. It is so easy to lose control of your whereabouts when you are concentrating on getting the aircraft off the gate. This woman was absolutely beloved by all her NW colleagues and our hearts went out to her husband and children.


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