and then tighten their seat belt. As former
National Transportation Safety Board (N TSB)
investigator Greg Feith explained, this minimizes the potential of being slammed in the
chest by the control yoke, which can be a fatal
blow. Unfortunately, as pilot, you’ll need to
keep your seat forward to maintain control of
the airplane until it comes to a complete stop.
Turn off the magnetos and electrical system
(potential fire hazard), and secure the fuel system to minimize the potential for spilled fuel at
REPORTING AN ACCIDENT
Federal regulations require that the NTSB be notified
Effective March 8, 2010, the NTSB has modified
immediately in the event of an aviation accident
and certain incidents. It is also important that a
NASA Aviation Safety Report (ASR) be filed within
10 days if you think you may have committed a
violation to the FARs. An accident is defined as
an occurrence associated with the operation of
an aircraft that takes place between the time any
person boards the aircraft with the intention of
flight and all such persons have disembarked, and
in which any person suffers death or serious injury,
or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage.
An incident is an occurrence other than an accident
that affects or could affect the safety of operations.
certain reporting requirements. Be sure to familiarize
yourself with the changes as soon as possible.
For information on how to file an
NTSB and/or NASA report and links
to the proper forms, visit
the crash site. Besides, the last thing you need
is a sudden engine restart when you’re about to
touch down. Whether to leave the doors
secured or ajar is another hotly debated question. Closed doors help maintain the structural
integrity of the airframe. Jammed doors can
increase the challenge of exiting the aircraft in
the aftermath of an off-field landing.
Many pilots get hung up on whether to put the
gear up or down. There is no one right answer.
Rather, it depends on the situation. Extended gear
can help absorb the energy of an off-field landing,
but it can also trip the airplane, causing it to flip
over or tumble. In soft-field conditions, gear up
might be the best choice for maintaining control
until the aircraft stops. Look at the terrain ahead
and give it your best shot.
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