trnswrld wrote:Absolutely incredible! I cannot for the life of me figure out how that damage was done to the Metroliner and didn’t take out the entire tail section. I’d love to see exactly what orientation that Cirrus was in to be able to carve out a chunk like that, but manage to leave the tail mostly untouched.
Cirrus exhibits very little if any damage to the actual structure based on the close up (the tail is broken off but that appears to be from hitting the ground first) but appears to be missing the fixed gear (seen from the CAPS video). I suspect the plane was in a right base to final turn when the right main nicked the fuselage and the left main nicked the tail.
In that right bank, the pilot would have lost sight of the metroliner (unless he can see through the wing).