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If you don't draw yours, I won't draw mine. A police officer, working in the small town that he lives in, focusing on family and shooting and coffee, and occasionally putting some people in jail.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

When loads shift.

Along with the pilot, the loadmaster is the most important person in the safety of a cargo airplane. Here's why.

When a heavy load such as 5 military vehicles totaling 70,000 lbs, shifts to the tail end of the plane during ascent, the nose pitches up. A stall occurs. This is a good time to deploy a parachute, if you have one. If you don't, then it's a good time to spend the remaining 5 seconds of your life remembering the good times. I don't think that there's any way out of this.

The dashcam video was caught next to an airport in Afghanistan. The driver sounds British, when he cusses briefly. Interestingly, he seems to have a dog with him in the cab of the truck that he's driving.

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At Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:02:00 PM, Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Sadly, that was a 100% preventable accident.

At Thursday, May 02, 2013 6:22:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Yep, totally preventable, and that is NOT a natural takeoff angle... Cargo shift, immediate stall, and nothing could be done... But you do have to give the pilots credit for trying at the end...

At Tuesday, May 07, 2013 3:42:00 PM, Blogger J.R.Shirley said...

Damn. At least it was quick.


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