HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2159 posts, RR: 1 Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 20195 times:
I've been in aviation for decades and I've never seen anything like this. I've heard and seen the results of aircraft being blown over by strong winds and prop/jet/rotor blast from other aircraft, but I don't recall any of them ever going 'airborne' at all, much less to this extent. Seemed like it had to have the perfect storm of an almost direct head wind and gusting significantly long enough to launch it for that duration.
Anybody else have a similiar experience to relate?
Mir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 22412 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 19947 times:
Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2): By the way it was stuck at that deflection, I have to wonder if it was secured there with a seatbelt? I haven't seen a control lock that put the controls in that configuration but who knows.
That's normally how you secure the controls if you have to use a seatbelt. Full aft on the yoke or stick, and then fully to one side to hold the ailerons. This does, as you point out, make the plane susceptible to high winds, which is why tie-downs should also be used.
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