797 From Venezuela, joined Aug 2005, 1821 posts, RR: 26 Posted (3 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 10728 times:
A couple weeks ago, a Cessna 208B from LTA crashed minutes after it departed from Los Roques, bound to Margarita. The plane lost its engine and glided down until the heroic pilot ditched the plane saving all 13 passengers near La Tortuga island, northeast of the Venezuelan capital city.
Interestingly enough, the plane was so well ditched that suffered minor injuries. As soon as it crashed, some locals from this tiny island went to provide assistance and rescued all the passengers, which were mostly German.
Here are the images of the plane being towed back to the beach, and the rescue as well. Click on the link. (in Spanish)
Now, how attractive is Los Roques becoming to the public after two planes crashed in the last month leaving that place, and last year a Let410 crashed killing all its passengers, whom have yet to be found?
This is becoming a big rock in the shoe for me.
Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous!
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1594 posts, RR: 6 Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10181 times:
Very interesting photos...Regardless of the relatively intact aircraft, it has suffered from massive salt water intrusion, so is more than likely, a write off...Salt water is about the worst thing an aircraft can encounter, unless it is a seaplane.
VZLA787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 95 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 8649 times:
It's just amazing that the plane had to be rescued by local fishermen because the Government's rescue operations are just inefficient.
As a fellow Venezuelan, I'm proud of the fishermen, but ashamed of the government.
Voar From Canada, joined Jul 2008, 95 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7270 times:
Very interesting pictures! thanks for sharing that! Very unique to see the Caravan being towed underwater. Interesting they had to ballast the tail with fishermen so it wouldn't pitch down underwater. Good thing everybody was ok, looks like the pilot did a great job landing near the shore in shallow water.
Crownvic From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1594 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2896 times:
Q120...You obviously have some inside information, so instead of just blasting out a one liner to us "people", why don't you share what you know. Any aircraft submerged in salt or fresh water for that matter, would have all of it's wiring in question. Engines that are submerged under water would require replacement. An aircraft that is towed under water in the manner that it has, has been through excessive stress, so how can you say the a/c is structurally in good shape? It is safe to say, a "D" Check would be the least attention this a/c should have!