July 19, 2005

Disaster Averted in McCook, Nebraska

landinggear.jpgAccording to the McCook Daily Gazette a Cessna Centurion 210 made a safe landing at McCook Regional Airport last week, after the landing gear failed in flight. The plane had just undergone repairs on the landing gear and this flight was to test the repairs.

With the gear not functioning the maintenance company sent out a few employees, one of which is a race car drive, armed only with a firefighter's pike pole.

As the airplane would make low passes over the runway the pick-up truck would pull up underneath it driving at speeds over 90 miles per hour while two men attempted to pull the gear down into a locked position using the pike pole.

On the second attempt they successfully pulled the left gear in place. But, it was not until the 10th pass that the right gear locked in place allowing the pilot to make a safe landing.

This is a pretty amazing story that includes some skilled airmanship, risky driving, ingenuity and a whole lot of luck.

Posted by at July 19, 2005 11:05 PM

That was a stupid stunt. There is no excuse for risking decapatation just to save an insurance claim.

I have a Cardinal with a similar gear configuration. I would never, in a million years, allow someone to drive a truck under my airplane and try and pull the gear down.

All you save is some sheet metal damage and some inconvienance waiting for the plane to be repaired. What you risk is losing the plane, the truck, and everyone in either vehicle.

Those guys were stupid nine ways from Sunday.

Posted by: Jim Howard at July 20, 2005 4:09 PM

That's pretty interesting. I read once that helicopters generate a tremendous amount of static electricity -- I would have expected prop planes to potentially do something similar.

Posted by: Similate at July 27, 2005 8:09 PM