My favorite pilot, my dad, was tooling along at about 35,000 ft with the autopilot on and not a care in the world. When all of a sudden…
The aircradt shuddered violently in the air and slowed way down. The idiot lights lit up the cockpit and alarms rang. The aircraft was losing altitude rapidly, falling out of the sky.
- Which part is the hull of a plane?
- Warum sind an Flugzeugen keine riesigen Fallschirme angebracht, um das Flugzeug und seine Passagiere in Notfällen zu retten? Wäre es nicht machbar, einen solchen Fallschirm zu haben? Wenn nein, warum?
- What is category three landing of a plane?
- What happens after a plane crash? What is the whole investigation procedure?
- Why do passengers on a flight not wear safety jackets all the time rather than waiting for the accident to occur?
He pulled on the yoke. Nothing. He tried another maneuver. Nothing.
The aircraft kept dropping. Losing altitude, and nothing was working.
Finally, once they hit about 15k feet, he pulled back on the controls and the aircraft responded.
He aimed straight for the nearest airport, and eventually realized the gear was already down.
The landing gear had dropped when they were at altitude creating so much drag that the control surfaces were unusable. When they reached a lower altitude, the aircraft could fly and maneuver again.
Once they changed the landing gear release mechanism, and my dad changed his shorts, they were on their way again.