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G-CDRM (cn PFA 323-14203) Nose gear failure on landing resulted in a fairly dramatic flip! Fortunately there was no loss of life involved.
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A visitor from - posted Sat June 22, 2013:
The RV-7A lawnmower, in stock now at Sears. Does the air field owner get some of the blame on this for not maintaining the grass strip?

A visitor from Mauritius posted Sat June 22, 2013:
Persons on Board: Crew -1  Passengers -1 
Injuries: Crew -  (Mnor) Passengers - None

A visitor from - posted Sat June 22, 2013:
Dramatic catch. Seeing those people brace for impact shows us human survival instinct at a very confronting way. I am really glad to read that nobody got killed here, but were they really ok? No scratches?

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri December 21, 2012:

A visitor from - posted Mon May 28, 2012:
Maybe it's time the manufactures start thinking of installing Airbags:) Perfectly timed shot

A visitor from United States posted Thu February 9, 2012:
Dramatic, perfectly-timed shot, with a happy explanation that this was *not* an auger-in as so many others have posted (without authorization) elsewhere on the net. Thank you!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 13, 2011:
No loss of life, just loss of underwear! Excellent picture snapped at the perfect time. Glad no one was injured.

A visitor from United States posted Thu March 10, 2011:
Happy to hear there were no fatalities

A visitor from - posted Tue February 1, 2011:
Perfect timming shot !!

A visitor from - posted Tue December 28, 2010:
Perfect timing!

A visitor from Australia posted Thu August 12, 2010:
Absolute classic shot - catches the expression on the passengers face. Incredible timing and perfect in focus. Top credits to the guy behind the camera! Glad to hear the occupants came off okay. Some stories to tell the grandkids

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue June 8, 2010:
Just one word.... spectacular. Glad no-one was killed

A visitor from Canada posted Sun January 10, 2010:
Perfect timing... the pilot and passenger reactions tell it all!

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Fri December 4, 2009:
Well that would be me, and yes it was pretty scary,
My old man was in the left seat and an air ambulance came because he was complaining of neck injurys, but we were both fine in the end.

It is a nice shot and im suprised how popular this vans has become, its rebiult and for sale by the way.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sat October 31, 2009:
Nice photo

A visitor from Australia posted Thu October 15, 2009:
That gotta hurt

A visitor from United States posted Sat September 19, 2009:
The guy inside is about to crap his pants for sure!

A visitor from United States posted Tue July 14, 2009:
Incredible timing

A visitor from - posted Wed July 1, 2009:
Thats catching the moment.

Thanks god they are OK

Greetings from Argentina

A visitor from - posted Mon June 22, 2009:
Dramatic moment

A visitor from United States posted Fri June 19, 2009:
Slam that nose wheel down retard! love the pic.

A visitor from United States posted Tue May 19, 2009:
1) Great timing.
2) Dramatic moment captured with perfect focus.
3) No distraction within frame

A visitor from United States posted Sat February 28, 2009:
Nice timing and

A visitor from - posted Sat January 24, 2009:
These aircraft are not built for grass runways. Any vans owner can tell you that.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Sun December 28, 2008:

A visitor from - posted Sat November 15, 2008:
Catching the balance moment.

A visitor from Spain posted Mon October 27, 2008:
Perfect, incredible moment capture..... thanks for this pic.

A visitor from Sweden posted Mon September 15, 2008:
5 stars! For breaking a fixed nose gear. Good job!

A visitor from United States posted Wed September 3, 2008:
I told you can't have that front wheel to THAT LOW!

A visitor from United States posted Fri May 23, 2008:
The moment is one in a million. Hope it never happens again though.

A visitor from - posted Mon May 12, 2008:
Wow you captured it right on time , the pilots must be thinking " EPIC FAIL " .

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Mon April 7, 2008:
Well, that was unlucky...

A visitor from United States posted Wed April 2, 2008:

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue February 5, 2008:
Right time, right place. Couldn't be better to my opinion!

A visitor from United States posted Tue December 18, 2007:
Check out the charts! wont be needing them now!

A visitor from United States posted Mon December 3, 2007:
No serious damage to the aircraft & somebody is still inside the cockpit.

A visitor from United States posted Wed November 28, 2007:
Still an outstanding "spur of the moment" photo. The peoples reactions be captured shows only emphasizes it all the more.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue November 27, 2007:
I was there to see this... although certainly not funny for the guys in the plane it was an almost comic moment to watch - bit of a bumpy grass landing but the plane had almost come to a standstill when the nosewheel caught in a rut and it just flipped.
Bit like a cyclist hetting the kerb and going over the handlebars !

A visitor from United States posted Wed October 31, 2007:
I had a sinking feeling the minute I saw this photo! What an incredible capture.

A visitor from France posted Mon October 1, 2007:
Fabulous "On the moment" picture !

A visitor from India posted Tue September 25, 2007:
Its the moment at which it was snapped

A visitor from Germany posted Wed September 19, 2007:
What a timing! it's really interesting to see the reaction of the crew in this unhappy situation :-)

A visitor from United States posted Wed August 22, 2007:
Great catch. Too bad for the pilot though.

A visitor from Romania posted Sun July 29, 2007:
Amazing shot !!!

A visitor from Denmark posted Fri July 27, 2007:
Excelent caught in the middle of the action!

A visitor from - posted Thu July 26, 2007:
Stop action at its best.

A visitor from Singapore posted Thu July 26, 2007:
You caught it!

A visitor from Canada posted Wed July 25, 2007:
Unbelievable shot.

A visitor from Brazil posted Sat July 21, 2007:
Breathtaking image!
I think it's the longest seconds in the pilot's life!

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 19, 2007:
This photo is obviously a rare gem. How often do you see an amateur photo of an aircraft mid-crash?

A visitor from United States posted Thu July 19, 2007:
Catching an airplan standing on it's nose with the folks clearly visible? Amazing.

A visitor from Italy posted Fri July 6, 2007:

A visitor from United States posted Wed July 4, 2007:
A sad ending to the plane. i was going to build one of those but i built a midget mustang instead. the emotion and fear of the pilots was captured perfectly.

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 27, 2007:
OUCH that must have hurt!What a catch,details are splendid.Hope thay can fix her.

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Wed June 27, 2007:
Well captured moment. I was there and it was not a pleasant thing to witness. Hope the two onboard are ok. It must have been an awful few seconds, as the aircraft paused very briefly while vertical before completing the tumble. There was a very fast and effective response from the nearby pilots - a credit to the aviation community.

A visitor from Croatia posted Tue June 26, 2007:
Right time, nice shot, bad luck

A visitor from United Kingdom posted Tue June 26, 2007:
Dramatic - pressed the button at just the right moment!

A visitor from Netherlands posted Mon June 25, 2007:
Unique photio

A visitor from Hungary posted Mon June 25, 2007:
Fantastic shot

A visitor from Ireland posted Mon June 25, 2007:
5 stars!! That's quite an unsual photo! I hope the lads in the plane are not injured.

A visitor from United States posted Mon June 25, 2007:
Simply amazing

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 20, 2007:
The timing of the photograph is excellent. You can see the pilot's instinctual physical reaction as well as the motion of the prop breaking up.

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 20, 2007:
Excellent timing and detail.

A visitor from Brazil posted Wed June 20, 2007:
Oh my god! Most impressive shot I've ever seen here.

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 20, 2007:
Very dynamic photo! I love how you can see the spinner tearing into the ground and the pilots bracing for the impact. Hope everyone was ok!

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 20, 2007:
Wow, talk about being at the right place at the right time with camera in hand!! I trust everything was ok in the end!!!

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 20, 2007:
This is simply amazing! To catch the event in the process ... the map flying around, clearly visible in the canopy, along with the guys trying to brace themselves ... and the propeller tearing itself to pieces while it chews the turf. An absolutely incredible photo. Here's hoping the folks involved were no more than just a little shaken ...

A visitor from United States posted Wed June 20, 2007:
Wow, what timing to catch this one!

A visitor from Australia posted Wed June 20, 2007:
What timing to capture the moment and clarity!! i think this picture will be doing the rounds on the internet

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