Dale Hemman a veteran of flying in Alaska showed us this unusual crash footage from Fairbanks last year when his engine quit right after takeoff and he crash landed with three cameras recording the impact. If you've never seen the video, it's some of the best impact footage you will find. LINK
(This video is intended to show that you can walk away from a bad situation if you continue to fly the airplane until it stops. In this case the engine quit without warning at 200 feet above the ground and there were only 20 seconds for recognition, trouble-shooting, decision-making, and execution before ground contact.)
I am an ATP rated in both airplanes and helicopters (single & multi-engine land and sea), am an instructor in (CFII/MEI Airplane & helicopter) and have 45 years of flying experience, many of it flying the far reaches of Alaska. My background includes retired military pilot (safety & instructor), former chief pilot for commercial 135 operations, for director of operations for same, and many years of aerial fire-fighting and other challenging flying jobs.
I hope this video is instructive in some way.
Mr. Hemman had lighting strike twice and passed away in a small plane crash Friday near Cantwell LINK
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash that killed three people near Cantwell Friday. The twin-engine Beechcraft Baron airplane crashed near mile 195 of the Parks Highway. According to the Alaska State Troopers the plane went down approximately 500 feet from the road, and left a debris trail 500 to 700 feet long. The Division of Forestry initially investigated the crash site as a potential wildfire, and Forestry and Cantwell volunteer firefighters responded to extinguish the wreckage.
The remains of the three people on board have been identified as pilot Dale Hemman of Washington, and John Ellenberg and Laurie Buckner, both of South Carolina. Hemman was the Director of Operations for Let’s Fly Alaska, a company that offers visitors the opportunity to fly their own aircraft from Washington through Alaska and western Canada. His aircraft was flying ahead of one of the guided groups.
"There are old pilots, there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots."
This post was edited on 7/2 at 11:48 pm