Was back seat in a 182 inop landing light,after landing the pilot wrecked the plane into the only ditch in the airport(night}no reports,no records.Same thing happened again recently,same airport.Dont expect too many crash stories as most wont tell,some cant tell....as flydog says check NTSB.
i was giving six people a balloon ride north of san diego one evening.
there was one landing site left before a city and it was getting dark. i dropped the rope to the ground crew but they couldn't hold it. i saw a 110000 volt power line coming up and pulled the top out of the balloon. we dropped fifty feet and hit hard. simultaneously the balloon hit the lines and they arched, causing a loud bang and flash - just like in a war.
one conservative japanese pax jumped out of the basket. i thought we would get light and drift up into the lines so i yelled for him to grab the basket, to put his weight on. he hesitated thinking he'd get electrocuted, but his wife was in there. he came through with his beer belly.
that was it. this was on about the one mile final approach to palomar in carlsbad. most balloon fatalities are from power lines; they cut through the metal support cables like butter. in training, they tell you that if you have the dilema of going over the power lines and saving the balloon from damage but risking death, or landing and dragging into the lines and wreaking the balloon, it's better to land.
a couple years ago i was taking off from albuquerque at 5am in a ce 210. the previous morning i had almost hit their new control tower in the dark ("what were those flashing red rotating beacon lights that just went by?"), so i lifted off and made an early turn out.
i was a couple hundred feet in the air and ninety degrees to the runway and reducing to climb power, when the fuel pump failed. i thought i was dead; at my twelve oclock was desert and darkness. i should've hit the fuel pump. i turned back and landed on the taxiway parallel to the runway and in the same direction of takeoff. the landing gear was halfway down and the struts were ground halfway through. i stopped and shut everything off and got all the paperwork in order that i should've had done before engine start.
I have never crashed an airplane, or crashed in an airplane. I have had fires and failures and even an on-board explosion, but never crashed in an airplane.
I scratched the fabric on the wingtip of a cub once, and tweaked the nosegear on a B24/4Y while taxiing with a full load. We changed the nosegear bogie, but never could find any actual damage to the removed unit.
I had a hard landing once; the landing was fine, but a hard landing inspection was performed because of some local politics.
I have been flying models(RC) for the last 15 years.
I can tell you some spectacular stories on the bunches of airplanes that have gone in.
I don't fly the helicopters though, allthough I have been thinking about it. One thing that is funny about those, when they crash, its a wild sight. They just beat them selves to pieces before you can shut the engine off.
And after a crash, you fold the antenna, turn the radio off and go pick up the pieces.
I crashed the Boeing 777 most of the times that I tried to fly it. Couldn't get used to the glass, I guess. MS 2000.
And I thought I was a perfessional. I guess all the time I been flying, the capt has been doing the hard stuff. And he told me that he only had his hand on the yoke to use the mike button - I never did understand how that worked with a hand mike.
Sometimes in lieu of crashing I thrust my dong into a wood chipper and scream "In the name of allah!" Although I would never do it with an erection for obvious reasons it does give the closest sensation I can think of to actually crashing.
Disclaimer: Whenever you do anything really stupid always preface it by screaming "In the name of allah!"
Tri-Holer - you're not too far from the real 777 pilots! I've flown on a 777 on several occasions, and always feel like I'm six feet from the grave on every landing! Well, six feet plus however high the cabin is on a 777.
Not EVERY landing is terrible, but at least most of them have been. I wonder what it is about that plane....
You have to shout 'allah ackbar' before leaning forward to get the full effect.
Oh, yeah. Crash.
I was 10, in the back of a Tripacer, landing in a gusty crosswind. Dad misjudged the wind and over-corrected us into a landing light. A little torn fabric, and some long faces, but no real damage. In fact I think that light is still rusting behind the FBO...