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


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Lachlan
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Date Posted: Wed October 24, 2018 12:34:44
In reply to: Aaron Yost 's message, "Re: A pilot's analysis of the plane crash" on Mon October 22, 2018 17:53:13

Aaron, go and look at the photos of the crash.

The main wreck didn't even hit a fence post. It pushed up against a star picket, which are not load bearing - they are hammered straight into the ground, and are there to keep the fence wires aligned. The star picket is only at a slight backwards angle, and the wires of the fence remain taut. What does that tell you? It was also the tail which was against the fence. The closest post to the wreck is about three feet to the left of the main wreck, and another at least six feet away to the right. Both show no visible signs of any damage.

The plane was banking to the right, when the starboard wing clipped the ground and was torn off. You're right about one thing, the first impact wasn't the worst; the second one was when the plane hit the ground at near enough cruising speed. Every subsequent impact as the plane cartwheeled would see it lose velocity as it crumpled up into a ball, dispersing parts and bodies as it went.

Recently, I have taken an interest in Donald Campbell's Bluebird K7. When the Bluebird flipped out, it hit the water on it's port sponson at an estimated 183 miles per hour - very similar in speed to N3794N. Hitting the water would have been like hitting concrete at that speed as well. If one watches the footage of the crash, it hits the water,then starts to cartwheel. The interesting thing to watch is how far it carwheels for - roughly two hundred feet - if that. Then it's all over. It is amazing to see how quickly it loses speed.

You're right, neither of us were there, but there is more than enough factual information out there, and photos of the wreck to look at.

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