louA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5386 times:
Wow, I'm surprised they would have a road cross right next to the runway. Thats a very serious safety issue since it doesn't seem like making cars stop is enforced. Was the aircraft approaching too low? . Glad everyone came out alright.
Flyer732 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1375 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5314 times:
Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 2): You phrased that correctly. The student pilot was way too low on that approach. The aircraft can be seen setting down on the displaced threshold. Sorry, but pilot error.
Perhaps setting down on the displaced threshold because its forward momentum was suddenly brought to a halt by impacting a car?
MeanGreen From United States of America, joined May 2006, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5295 times:
I got my instrument raiting at this airport (52F) and I have flown the plane in question. This is a small uncontrolled strip and the road is the only way to get from the west side of the field to the east side. There are signs that tell drivers to give way to all aircraft. The SUV had no business being there.
iFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 497 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5284 times:
I know of two airports in similar situations to this, luckily they're both relatively small unused private airports but still, it wouldn't surprise me if something like this happened at one of them.
And regarding this situation, there is a lot of fault, the pilot was low, the car pulled out in front of the plane but the biggest thing of all is that this should have never been allowed to happen because either that road should have been moved or that runway should have. I think that the airport is at the most fault in this situation.
jetblueguy22 From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 2897 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5161 times:
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We have an airport like this in Larimore, ND 2L1. There is a road just short of the runway. If you are a little low and there is a truck on the road you're going to have a bit of a problem. Though one has to wonder why the pilot didn't anticipate the car crossing after seeing it. If I felt at any point it was going to be close I would just make a go around.
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louA340 From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 385 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 5086 times:
Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 6): Though one has to wonder why the pilot didn't anticipate the car crossing after seeing it. If I felt at any point it was going to be close I would just make a go around.
The article said the pilot was on his first solo flight, I would have been fully concentrating on the runway and getting the plane down at that point of flight, and not tracking a vehicle along a road. To have his eyes tracking the car to see if it wasnt going to stop would take away the concentration needed to land the plane, especially on a first solo flight.
unattendedbag From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2351 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 5038 times:
Quoting Flyer732 (Reply 3): Perhaps setting down on the displaced threshold because its forward momentum was suddenly brought to a halt by impacting a car?
Based on information from airnav.com, the displaced threshold is 400ft. long and the road is 30ft. from the end of the runway. So the pilot would have had to have been approximately 6 feet off the ground at 430ft from the threshold of the runway. Is that a proper approach descent?
Quoting louA340 (Reply 7): To have his eyes tracking the car to see if it wasnt going to stop would take away the concentration needed to land the plane, especially on a first solo flight.
If I remember correctly, during flight training they tell you, "If you're looking at it (a fixed position), odds are, you will fly to it." If the pilot was watching the car, then the pilot was going to fly into the car.
skywaymanaz From United States of America, joined May 2012, 581 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 4320 times:
When I was doing my private pilot training at Falcon Field (FFZ) there was a road right across one of the busiest taxiways. There were stop signs, flashing red lights below the stop sign, a warning sign that aircraft do not stop and Bott's dots (raised bumps on the roadway seen in areas that don't need snow plows) warning drivers to stop. I can't tell you how many times I was taxiing in and cars drove right on thru without stopping. Sometimes I'd get honked at and given the finger. If a vehicle did stop a lot of times they treated it like a 4-way stop and took off right in front of crossing airplane traffic. I almost put the prop into more then one cars windshield that did that to me. The road is now closed across the taxiway which makes for a very long drive from one side of the airport to the other but unfortunately it had to happen before someone got killed.
don't see a problem if you land beyond the displaced threshold, the accident pilot obviously was low and short, so pilot error on this one. Even if you are concentrating on landing, you gotta see that you are low and are on collision course with something. Hope he had good insurance.
Quoting jalapeno (Thread starter): "Home video reveals a serious safety concern on a roadway that lets motorists drive under planes landing and taking off from Northwest Regional Airport. "
Here's a pic from the road, looks like something painted on road, "stop"? Maybe could be a little better signage here (is that car holding on the other side?).
Quoting kcrwflyer (Reply 9): I know the SUV didn't stop but what the HECK is the pilot doing 6ft. off the ground 430ft
Landing on their first solo.
A lot is happening on a first solo (mine was 30+ years ago, and I still remember how busy it was and I had 5000 feet and was the only plane in the circuit). Even for more experienced pilots a displaced threshold encourages a lower than normal approach (VFR) since the visual picture is that the runway is closer than it is. Landings on displaced threshold runways are much more frequently on the numbers than other runways and it's common to see power added in order to make it to the numbers in the fisrt place. It's not necessarily correct, but the visual is hard to overcome, and it does lessen the chance of overrun if the displacement has significantly reduce the runway length (no idea if that is applicable, but I guess that the displaced threshold was a reaction to the road traffic).
Considering that the driver did not consider the signs that MeanGreen reports plus the experiences of skywaymanaz plus the experiences we all have had with on road drivers not paying attention to rules, warnings, and road conditions, it looks like the driver chose not to consider the surroundings - and would possibly have driven through even if it was a 747 with a wing on fire.
Would suck to get that far through the solo and then having it end that way. I will not second guess his reasoning (didn't happen to me, personal choices, etc., etc.), but it is unfortunate for all of us that he has had to end his training.
bthebest From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2008, 525 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3307 times:
My 2 cents:
Pilot was too low, but he was a student - everyone learns at somepoint.
Car shouldn't have been crossing but the STOP signs shown in the video are barely visible - airport needs better safety measures.
As in all these cases it shouldn't get to the point where an accident has to happen for something to be done. Be interesting to see how the insurers wrangle this out. From what I can tell both had right of way due to the privately-owned nature of the road and it might actually come back to inadequate measures by the airport.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12211 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 8): Based on information from airnav.com, the displaced threshold is 400ft. long and the road is 30ft. from the end of the runway. So the pilot would have had to have been approximately 6 feet off the ground at 430ft from the threshold of the runway. Is that a proper approach descent?
If he wanted to land on the displaced threshold, yes. If the airplane is 6' above the road, that is measured at the static port for the altimeter, the landing gear is much below that level. Cars are 5'-6' tall,so there is a conflict there.
Quoting bthebest (Reply 17): Car shouldn't have been crossing but the STOP signs shown in the video are barely visible - airport needs better safety measures.
The airport doesn't own the roadway, so they cannot control it.
soon7x7 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3070 times:
Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 2): The aircraft can be seen setting down on the displaced threshold. Sorry, but pilot error.
Negative!...Not pilot error!...Even if he was the runway was hot...(aircraft right of way over vehicular airport traffic) if the vehicle driver was aware of what he was doing and where he was doing it he would have "clearly" seen and ainticipated the potential of a landing aircraft. Pilot= Lucky, vehicle driver =blind/stupid.
That's probably the biggest problem - that the airport doesn't have control over the road. Maybe they should consider cutting the runway length, 3500ft could easily be cut down and still be available for most aircraft. Barring that, they do control the land right next to the road so could put plenty of signs up!
Quoting soon7x7 (Reply 20): Even if he was, the runway was hot...(aircraft right of way over vehicular airport traffic)
This wasn't airport traffic so no right of way exists.
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