HaveBlue
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Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sat Nov 19, 2011 11:55 pm

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?





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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:02 am

Wow! What a strange event. What happened to the plane?
 
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:04 am

Shouldn't have left the yoke in the full up position.

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.
 
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:26 am

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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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:15 am

Quoting lows (Reply 1):
Wow! What a strange event. What happened to the plane?

I´m pretty sure it was turned over and heavily damaged if not beyond economical repair ...
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 10:47 am

Quoting GoBoeing (Reply 2):
Shouldn't have left the yoke in the full up position.

Plus, ever heard of tie-downs?
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:49 pm

Quoting HaveBlue (Thread starter):
I've been in aviation for decades and I've never seen anything like this

You almost got me there. I thought you were talking about a jetliner.  Wow! Nice movie. Didn't know this was possible.
 
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 8:04 pm

They should have parked the aircraft in the opposite direction I guess. Pretty amazing indeed.. at least for us not owning that aircaft
 
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:36 pm

I took off about 4-5 feet in a C172 due to a landing Blackhawk. Was doing run up and the heli pilot thought that it would be a good idea to land next to me. Controls were in a neutral position.
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:26 am

Anything will blow away in a strong enough wind. Planes are no different.
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RE: Plane Takes Off With No Power, No Pilot!

Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:43 am

Quoting spacecadet (Reply 9):
Anything will blow away in a strong enough wind. Planes are no different.

It's not 'that' it blew away.. it's 'how' it blew away that is so amazing, and I would say rare.

Quoting YokoTsuno (Reply 6):
You almost got me there. I thought you were talking about a jetliner. Nice movie. Didn't know this was possible

Thank you, and me either!
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