Friday, 27 February 2015

Pilot Crash Lands Plane During Airshow After Engines Failed(Photos)


That is bravery right there, he could have ejected from the plane. A Royal Navy officer has been given a bravery award after he landed a doomed plane.
Lieutenant Commander Christopher Gotke was at the controls of the historic fighter plane when the engine lost power during an aerobatic sequence as part of a historic flight display.

Rather than ejecting from the plane, however, he landed the 1944 Sea Fury T20 with 21,000 people watching on.
He raised the undercarriage to help the plane glide before landing it on the airfield boundary.
The father-of-two, originally from Kent but now stationed in Yeovilton, Somerset, joked that his wife Georgia and daughters were only third on his list of calls after the incident.
He said: ‘The first people I called were the people who look after the aircraft, to tell them I was now looking at a very sad aeroplane on the side of the runway.
‘They thought I was joking. The second was the Commodore at the base, saying “Well, that didn’t end up very well”. ‘And the third one was to the wife saying “Had a slight engine issue, won’t be back tonight but I won’t be flying this weekend”. ‘I don’t think she was really listening because the kids were playing havoc in the background. ‘I said I’d had a rough running engine and she kind of acknowledged it a little bit, but when I called her back I said it was a bit more than just a rough running engine. ‘It looks a lot more dramatic from the outside than it felt from the inside – when I was bouncing across the grass it was just like being in a bumper car.’ Lieutenant Commander Gotke, who joined the Royal Navy in 1992 as a pilot, said that members of the public watching had never been at risk. ‘The safety of the crowd was never a factor because the aircraft was fully controllable,’ he said. 

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