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Pilot Walks Away after Mooney Power Loss into LAL

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Polk County Sheriff's Office and Lakeland Fire Department responded to the crash which happened around 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of Pipkin Creek Road. First responders arrived on-scene and discovered that the pilot and sole occupant, walked away from the crash with only minor injuries. The pilot's is 55-year-old Richard Simile, from Auburn, Alabama, who was practicing for the Sun 'n Fun fly in, which begins Tuesday at Lakeland Linder Airport. Simile ran to a nearby home, banged… (www.wfla.com) Plus d'info...

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crayanderson
C Anderson 2
This happened just a couple of miles from my home due east of KLAL on the approach end of rwy 27. I'm reasonably certain I grabbed a quick photo of 8MR on his approach just a minute or two prior to the incident but the quality was so poor that I deleted it (before I knew about the crash). I do not recall seeing/hearing anything out of the ordinary. Glad to know the pilot survived in great shape.
andrewstagg
Andrew Stagg 1
Here is the flight: https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N608MR/history/20150420/1700Z/KSUA/KLAL

It appears the power loss happened below 800ft AGL.
crayanderson
C Anderson 1
No sun today, and not much fun either!
andrewstagg
Andrew Stagg 3
Yes, but the outcome was at least positive. Mooney's Steel Roll Cage, AmSafe Seat Belt Air Bags and Richard's skill as a pilot, helped him to be able to run (not just walk) away from the crash site to call 911.

We will have to wait for the NTSB report, but this was a very new airplane, so power loss points to a problem with Continental's engine.
crayanderson
C Anderson 1
You know the old saying ... Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. A great one is when you can use the airplane again.
chalet
chalet -3
Sorry mate but that saying is considered an insult to the profession. If it is a "crash landing due to an emergency situaion", ok.
crayanderson
C Anderson 2
Sorry to offend, my friend. Been flying about for a good long time now and never heard of anyone being insulted at this old saying. I first heard it when I was a student many years ago and have heard it repeated dozens of times since, even by several in "the profession". I suppose I can, however, imagine the circumstance that might lead one to receive it as an insult. Nevertheless I intended no offense, and I sincerely apologize to any who received it so.
chalet
chalet 0
No need to apologize, it is just that this absurd saying took root years ago.

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