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Subject: Re: A pilot's analysis of the plane crash

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Date Posted: Sat October 20, 2018 01:14:08
In reply to: Aaron Yost 's message, "Re: A pilot's analysis of the plane crash" on Thu October 18, 2018 08:26:47

I agree with you on the fuel, but not so much the other stuff.

One has to remember that the further the plane travelled post impact, the less velocity there would have been. The most violent impact would have been the first one, as it would have been at maximum speed. Most of the plane's travel velocity had been lost by the time it ended up against the fence. The fence itself is of fairly flimsy construction, typical, amd more than adequate for it's intended purpose. It consists of rough-hewn wooden posts and star pickets, and is strung with fencing and barbed wire. The plane would have torn through it quite easily if it had have had more velocity.

The fact that it didn't indicates that it had near enough lost all velocity in the preceding 500 or so feet of cartwheeling and crumpling up. It pretty much nudged up against the fence, as can be seen in the many photos available of the crash. In fact, it isn't even resting on a fence post. There is a star picket behind it, which is bent slightly backwards. All of the fencing wire remains taut. If the fence hadn't have been there, I doubt the plane would have gone more than three further.

In regards to Roger being the only one left in the plane, there is this to consider: the one thing poor Roger had that the others didn't was the steering yoke, which at the time of impact he would have been gripping like grim death out of nauseating fear and panic. What are the odds that this is what kept Roger from being ejected like the others, as he would have been pinned against it almost from the first point of impact? Most of his injuries are consistant with this happening if one reads his autopsy report.

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Re: A pilot's analysis of the plane crashAaron YostMon October 22, 2018 17:53:13

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