Thursday, April 4, 2019

If You Think You Are Having a Bad Day.....

Nothing like flying without some landing gear as a seventeen year old student pilot found out six months ago.  Maggie Taraska attempted to fly solo from Beverly Airport in Massachussetts to Portland Maine.  However, she quickly discovered something was wrong upon takeoff.  The control tower informed her that the right wheel was missing.  What took place next ran the entire gamut of human emotions.  Listen for yourself as the tower talks her down to a safe landing sans landing gear.


Anonymous said...

Glad it worked out, but her instructor pilot failed her by not teaching her how to professionally communicate on the radio.

Rod Knox said...

I wonder how rare it is for someone her age to be able to get a grip on the situation and pull through so well. In fact how rare is it for adults to be able to do so? Can I guess that her parents are proud of her and should be proud of themselves as well.

Anonymous said...

She may have had the technical skill to fly from MA to OR, but she is way short on maturity to be attempting such a flight.

All that crying indicates too much fragility for a solo pilot. Disaster waiting to happen.

Anonymous said...

KF - You have totally ignored the negligence of this year's legislature. I know it is election year and you anticipate advertising revenue from the various local dip shit legislators. But if you are truly an independent "journalist," you will get on their ass for accomplishing basically nothing while sneaking bullshit legislation pass that will help them get assistance from "nonprofits."

Anonymous said...

When did you get your pilot's license @8:13 PM?

Anonymous said...

Tough crowd, but not warranted.....weekend private pilots (ASEL)?

She did fine. She's 17. When under stress we fall back on what is comfortable, hence the casual radio verbiage.

If y'all had some in depth aviation experience, you would have heard ballgame scores from ARTCCs; soccer (football) scores on oceanic air-to-air VHF and HF; greetings in the host country's language in Europe when checking in, etc. etc.

She got it on the ground, under control, and walked away unscathed. Again, good job, and her parents should be proud.

Anonymous said...

But if you are truly an independent "journalist," you will get on their ass for accomplishing basically nothing while sneaking bullshit legislation pass that will help them get assistance from "nonprofits."

No. What you are saying is that you want Kingfish to cover "the story" so that you can deposit like a dog roaming the neighborhood 100+ whiny ass comments spewing the same tired hate over and over and over again.

Start your own f'ing blog dickwad.

Anonymous said...

8:36.. What ratings do you personally hold and how many hrs PIC?

Anonymous said...

I've got $1000.00 says I can make 8:13 cry, beg and pray in an airplane.

Anonymous said...

@12:27 AM - yep, all at the same time, and wet himself too.

TheClintonscantsuicideusall said...

I held, until expenses (wife, kids, medical, etc) didn't allow, a complex rating with a little over 1400 hrs. If you haven't been in these type of situations, one never knows what response will come out. I'm in LE, old Marine 0311 type from VN, and at the range our guys are billy bad ass. Saw a few come under fire and the little girl came out, but quickly returned to pro. I agree, radio procedure should have been more professional, but....

Anonymous said...

@ 12:27

So you know how to crash one huh?

Very impressive !

I'll raise your $ 1,000.00 to $ 10,000.00 you can't kill me without killing yourself.

Anonymous said...

@ 10:01

Her parents are idiots.

She is not mature enough to be solo in an airplane.

I'm sure you would let your child "ride along" with her cross country.

Anonymous said...

8:59 She was mature enough to fall back to her training and put it on the ground. Wish she were closer as I will be in need of a daughter in law in the future and I would definitely put resources toward this girl. I want bad ass heirs.

Anonymous said...


Read the article. She was flying from Beverly Airport in MA to Portland, ME, about 75 miles as the crow flies. She was not flying to OR!

Anonymous said...

Aviate, navigate, communicate. There's a reason it's in that order and not the other way around. All you palm pilots criticizing radio discipline in this case need to go back to playing fortnite and eating cheetos instead of criticizing the Man in the Arena. As a 30 year pilot, I can tell you I'd have a lump in my throat if one of my landing gear detached on take off.

Anonymous said...

I'll take her as an heir if she's not good enough for some of you bastards.

CFI/MEI 9000 said...

I think she held it together very well under the stress of the situation. For a 17 year old female in that abnormal/emergency event to overcome her initial fright of the problem is commendable...she got the airplane and herself down in one piece. Any damage to the airplane is fixable in this case. The ATC facility handled the problem as did her CFI's talking her down with assurance. Radio "professionalism" is NOT something that is important in this situation with a 17 year old STUDENT PILOT! The important thing is getting the aircraft back on the ground safely and walking away without a scratch.

Anonymous said...

I landed an Aeronica Champ with a blow engine at 16. Still have my log book with that dead stick landing. How anyone could critique this young lady is beyond me. You never know how you’ll respond until you’re placed in those situations. She walked away with no one hurt, success in my book.

Anonymous said...

Someone bashing a 17 year old kid for saving her own life is a moron.

Anonymous said...

6:40 PM, 8:13 PM, 8:59 AM, y'all must be fun to have as neighbors or co-workers....not!

Anonymous said...

What a remarkable young lady. In spite of it all she relied on her training and obvious inner strength to set that plane down. Then walked away! That is a miracle in itself!

Rod Knox said...

Maybe in a year or so the official report regarding the wheel falling off will be published and the young lady will know why she was in such a predicament but until then, regardless how obvious the failure was, everyone will officially be in the dark.

A few years ago a plane in Tupelo had engine work done and the engine died on takeoff resulting in the pilot dying. More than a year later it was reported that a fuel line was improperly reinstalled resulting it it vibrating loose and causing the failure. Is general aviation becoming too dangerous to fly in private planes?

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