Piper Navajo crash at Kings Lynn (History Guy)

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Piper Navajo crash at Kings Lynn (History Guy)

Postby GAHorn » Wed Oct 19, 2022 5:39 pm

Lindbergh insisted on a single engined airplane for his historic flight because he felt more engines had greater chances of engine failure.

This Navajo crash was unique in history in that a failure on one engine…caused Both engines to fail. (Gives greater significance to operating our single engine fixed-pitch airplanes…. keeping it simple, IMO.)

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Re: Piper Navajo crash at Kings Lynn (History Guy)

Postby Bruce Fenstermacher » Thu Oct 20, 2022 10:17 am

The History Guy is quite a story teller.

It is really not your day when the first engine/prop failure takes out your second "safety" engine/prop. I have a friend who's first engine took out the second in a twin engine helicopter forcing his to autorotate to the ground, something not routinely practiced in twin engine helicopters.

However, even more amazing for this accident and my friends is that no one was hurt. How the Navajo pilot got and kept this plane under control to an amazingly safe crash and my friends autorotation into 4ft of water in the Passaic River at night in NJ (outside of NYC) showed that despite a glitch or two, they both had an incredibly good day.
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