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Another great landing with an uncooperative plane 
9th-Sep-2010 11:15 am
System failure plane makes 'miracle' landing in Russia

Russian pilots have safely landed a passenger plane in Siberia after the aircraft lost power* at 10,600m (34,800ft).

None of the 81 passengers and crew was injured in the emergency landing on a disused military airstrip on Tuesday, Russian officials said.

*That means nothing was working. Not the flaps, not the radio, not the navigation system. Nothing.
9th-Sep-2010 04:52 pm (UTC) - well..
Things were working, but they had to muscle them..

"forcing pilots Evgeny Novoselov and Andrey Lamonov to manage and land the plane manually. "
10th-Sep-2010 09:41 pm (UTC)
I got to sit with an air traffic controller who was guiding a Chinese airliner into LAX that had lost power over the pacific. The pilot was using differential power to the engines on either side to turn, and stated he -didn't- want to declare an emergency. The controller got him in line with the other aircraft (with a couple of empty slots behind just in case) and passed him on to the LAX controllers.

The controller was expressionless the entire time, except to crack a smile when he reiterated to his supervisor that the pilot was refusing to declare an emergency (which lets them take lots of extra steps to get the guy a clear path to the runway). I never heard any followup on the aircraft, so one assumes he got to the ground OK.

Score one for pilot training, huh?

13th-Sep-2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
Wow! That's quite a decision.
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