ThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1653 posts, RR: 1 Posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1681 times:
Does anybody know what happened? This was obviously a power loss of some kind; the video showed it in a turn like it could have been two shutdown on the same side.
The bigger issue is: when do we stop flying these birds because there are too few left to risk? I love the sound of a Merlin at full rock 'n' roll as much as anyone but when have we pranged enough Spitfires and P-51s to say that's enough, we don't want to lose them all?
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N
City: SEATTLE State: WA Country: US
ACFT CONTACTED ATC REPORTING A LANDING GEAR PROBLEM OVER ELLIOT BAY, THEN
THE PILOT DECLARED AN EMERGENCY, AND THE ACFT SUBSEQUENTLY DITCHED INTO THE
WATER, OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, SEATTLE, WA.
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: Y
# Pass: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: Y
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
ExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1615 times:
I've heard fuel starvation of some sort. Lost the #3 engine first, then (supposedly) lost the remaining before ditching. The aircraft did indeed have trouble with the main gear. One wheel needed to be manually cranked by crew prior to the engine failures.
ThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1653 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
OK, I think that I see the possible scenario: it was going to be just a short local flight so they took off with just the fuel that was in the tanks at the time; then, the gear problem forced them to spend X amount of time to resolve and, whatever that time was, the available fuel didn't cover it. Maybe there are some better conjectures from old B-17 hands who have had a gear problem?