Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Lucky Escape for Clark Aviation MPL Cadet

A Clark Aviation MPL (Multi Crew Pilot License) Cadet had a narrow escape yesterday about Lunch time when his Cessna 172-S aircraft stalled after conducting a "Touch and Go" procedure

The aircraft came to rest, badly damaged, at the approach end or Runway 20 at Omni Aviation Airstrip on th eClark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines.

Witnesses to the accident said they were able to see the complete top of the aircraft as it climbed out after the "Touch and Go" manouver, indicating a very high angle of attack. They aircraft appeared to Stall, dipping its right wing first, then turning left and impacting the ground to the left of Runway 02.

First responders found the pilot vacated from the aircraft which had fuel dripping in volume from the right wing tank. The pilot sustained facial injuries and an Ambulance and Paramedic team from the Philippine Airforce transported the pilot to hospital.

Over the past several months observers have often commented on the departure procedures executed by the Clark Aviation training aircraft, including many observed "High Energy" Departures (Converting takeoff speed to height by pulling back on the controls)

The aircraft was observed to have its Flaps in the Fully Extended Position after it impacted the ground.

This is one very lucky young man ...

1 comment:

  1. This is a typical stall caused by the pilot climbing at an unnatural angle relative to speed!
    On touch and go, normal procedure is to apply full power and climb out at predetermined air speed. Appears he was not watching his airspeed and was climbing too steeply!!
    Lucky to walk away from the plane!! Cessna's have a pretty strong cabin area!