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Thanks. I was looking at ariel pictures of the island where the plane was supposed to be crashing and wondering where that road and bridge could be. Didn't quite make sense, but it was late and I wasn't going to check any further.

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Curious whether this is going to make general aviation more onerous...after all, now the masses realize why experienced flyers have discussed the real soft underbelly.

 

He also proves the OTHER truism...getting off the ground is the easy part, landing...not so much.  This would be even more accurate in complex aircraft.  Very different landing multi-engines compared to a single engine, especially when you screw up the fuel burn rates.

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Guy was suicidal, and wanted to have some fun first and do barrel rolls before, "calling it a night," as he put it to air traffic control. Seems he did exactly what he intended. Landing, in the traditional sense, wasn't his plan.

 

Reportedly, he had no pilot training. Simulator games are quite good these days and he might have had access to Alaska Air's simulators.

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12 hours ago, cashnocredit said:

Guy was suicidal, and wanted to have some fun first and do barrel rolls before, "calling it a night," as he put it to air traffic control. Seems he did exactly what he intended. Landing, in the traditional sense, wasn't his plan.

 

Reportedly, he had no pilot training. Simulator games are quite good these days and he might have had access to Alaska Air's simulators.

Even if landing was not 'his plan,' the reality is that it IS far easier to get ANY plane off the ground than to put it back down in one piece. 

 

This illustrates MANY shortcomings at SeaTac.  There are a number of radio calls that have to be made and for a plane to be moving around on the tarmac without those calls having been made says multiple towers were asleep at the wheel. 

 

You really don't even need a simulator to get the knowledge to get metal up and running and into the air.  It just ISN'T that difficult of a task.  And once in the air, it is even easier than when behind the wheel of a car on cruise control. 

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On 8/11/2018 at 2:32 PM, breeze said:

Thanks. I was looking at ariel pictures of the island where the plane was supposed to be crashing and wondering where that road and bridge could be. Didn't quite make sense, but it was late and I wasn't going to check any further.

I only knew because I'd seen it before.

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Turns out the guy was a baggage handler at the airport. Apparently his only "experience" was a simulator on his home PC.

 

They are quite good but can't replicate the physical inertial effects. Especially stalling. Probably wasn't monitoring his airspeed at the end or maybe just nosed it in on purpose. At least he wasn't homicidal. Could have done some serious damage had he wanted. 

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