Aviation Photo #6404347 Grumman (General Motors) TBM-3U Avenger - Untitled

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The aircraft operated by the Valiant Air Command ditched into the water close to Cocoa Beach during the Cocoa Beach Air Show with no injuries.
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3K   Germany
26 days ago
ouch, Torpedo bomber became a water bomb...
656   England, United Kingdom
26 days ago
What a shame! It's really sad to see vintage aircraft end up like this. Hopefully it can be restored.
558   Oregon, USA
25 days ago
Glad nobody was hurt.
Sri Lanka
25 days ago
Yep.. honestly, selfish flying by the pilot of the Avenger. He went over heads less than 10 feet above the water. There were more people to the ocean side of him too. He could have easily ditched further away from shore.
25 days ago
Selfish??!! He had problems and had no choice!!! Get your info before a ridiculous comment like that!!
Sri Lanka
25 days ago
He had a choice.. he had engine failure not control issues. I don't see why he couldn't have lined up away from the shore. There were loads of people on the beach who could have got to him and it is not like an Avenger is not designed for this inevitable scenario. If something went wrong it could have seriously jeopardized the lives of many.
California, USA
25 days ago
I agree, I saw the video on the news and thought the same.
23 days ago
oh sure, he had a choice. A choice of definitely taking people out on the beach PLUS doing very likely a lot more damage to the plane, and people, or putting it in the water with fewer people in it and less damage to the plane. What exactly is going on in your brain??!!
Sri Lanka
22 days ago
I don't want to keep replying to ignorant people like you who probably didn't even watch the video properly or even bother to read/comprehend the comment I made. Plus the fact that there are comments on here which agree with me shows that many share similar sentiments to that of mine. If you watched it in detail, you would see the elevator corrections he had to make 2 seconds before splash down. Given the speed he is flying at he was probably close to stall and let's say he had control issues on top of engine issues, that dude who was 6 feet below the TBM would have been 6 feet under.

Spectators don't know if the plane had problems. For all they know it would have seemed to be another plane doing a low pass for the airshow. They wouldn't have created room for it until the last second when they noticed the sinkrate is too high to save itself. The only way to make this landing safe for the spectators (which is their utmost priority) is to land further into the ocean where there is no one to the left, right, forward, and aft of it. Which brings me back to my point of landing it further into the ocean!!!

For real, if you or your loved one was on the avengers glide path you won't be asking me to check my brain. Also go check Blancolirio's analysis on youtube regarding this. According to him, the TBM had a smoke trail prior to crashing and he says this might have been a case of get-there-itis where the pilot could have diverted when flying in formation with the B25 but didn't because of delay. The latter is speculation but the photos which show the smoke detail put him within diverting distance to cape canaveral. The smoke trail was spotted by the B-25 btw. I will reserve further comments regarding this till the comms between the crews are released or a preliminary report.
24 days ago
I agree. It looks like the pilot prioritized landing where the plane could be saved and secondly how to avoid harming people. He proved to be skilled but still a risky manouver
California, USA
24 days ago
You said it! It was a risky maneuver, because he put people's lives in jeopardy. My guess is that he can't swim and was afraid of drowning had he ditched away from the shore.
Texas, USA
25 days ago
For sale, slight water damage.
25 days ago
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24 days ago
This is painful tu watch. Good news is that noboy was hurt
Ontario, Canada
9 days ago
Saw the video. Textbook ditch but still sad to see. :(

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