HaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2112 posts, RR: 1 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 19281 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, 21654 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 19033 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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