Pilot goes into a spin, can’t get out of it, films the entire thing. Wild video.

From the man who posted the video:

The spin was supposed to be a normal erect spin to the right, but for various unintentional reasons the spin went flat, up until that point I had never flat spun an aircraft. I eventualy mananged to get the aircraft into a normal erect spin from which I was able to recover.

This aircraft is not fitted with an electric starter motor, so I was unable to restart the engine. During the “flare” to land the main undercarriage caught the top wires of a barbed wire fence that was invisible to me. After coming to rest inverted I waited 20mins for the rescue services to come and right the aircraft so I was able to exit via the outward opening canopy. The aircraft rotated 26 times total, I was extremely dissorientated after the recovery to straight and level flight, and was unable to read the instruments. From the video I estimate I recovered at about 700ft from an entry altitude of 3500ft.

If you listen carefully you will hear me say:”I think this is it”. At that stage I did not think I would be able to recover. However I continued to try various control inputs based on the aircraft attitude and rotational rate, which eventually effected a recovery.

My thanks go to the emergency services that found me and allowed my escape.

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18 Responses to “Pilot goes into a spin, can’t get out of it, films the entire thing. Wild video.”

  1. Butch1 says:

    Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing! ;-)

  2. OtterQueen says:

    Whoever heard of using a parachute when jumping ship?

  3. Naja pallida says:

    It’s basically a 650lb kit plane that uses an old-style VB Beetle engine… I bet the first thing he’s going to do, well… second after changing underwear, is install an electric starter. :)

  4. Naja pallida says:

    Nah, I fully accept that such a comment on what was intended to be a “fun” and apolitical post, was childish. But sometimes resorting to absurdity is our last resort to deal with frustration.

  5. citizen_spot says:

    Kudos to the pilot for avoiding the roads or water on that landing. Holy crap!

  6. Greg says:

    Mistakes were made. He used the wrong aileron inputs, applied power when he shouldn’t have (power in spins is a nice way to demo flattening attitude), and wasn’t prepared to bail out at a minimum altitude (perhaps not having a parachute?). He’s lucky to have survived.

  7. karmanot says:

    Naja is anything but stupid and childish you moron troll.

  8. karmanot says:

    If only we could jump ship. Except, Obummer’s buddies have taken all the golden parachutes.

  9. Naja pallida says:

    Or Obama knowing about that sabotage and only offering to fix about 1/10th of it, but deciding to fly anyway.

  10. ezpz says:

    What has the president wanted to do that didn’t get done because of obstruction?
    (Rhetoric doesn’t count.)

  11. Buford says:

    As stupid and childish as it is, that analogy could be accurate if you included the part about the GOP mechanics who sabotaged the plane’s systems before loudly criticizing Obama’s piloting skills.

  12. Naja pallida says:

    No kidding. It’s especially difficult when you’re trying to be a Republican.

  13. HolyMoly says:

    Yes indeed he’s lucky…and no doubt quite skilled. He kept his cool — didn’t even hear him cuss or anything — and did I guess whatever it is he was taught to do when that happens.

  14. nemodog says:

    Time to change pants…

  15. Jim Olson says:

    You try governing the US with a Republican controlled house who’s sole goal is to obstruct ANYTHING the President wants to do.

  16. patb2009 says:

    john he got into a flat spin and then got out of it, if he had failed to exit spin, this would be a fatality.

  17. BeccaM says:

    That is one incredibly lucky guy.

  18. Naja pallida says:

    Captain Obama, piloting the Great Airship United States. Now only if we had emergency services to help him along… :)

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