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Google Maps catches aircraft mishap on the runway

(Usually opens in default ROADMAP view, you may have to click on SATELLITE to see the airplane on the runway) What are the chances that Google would be directly overhead right when this happened? Or if you already have Google Earth installed and want to see it there, cut and paste: N 40.8748, W 81.8886 ( More...

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What are the chances of clicking the link then zooming in a little too fast and slightly off center... right on top of this:,-81.8927329,345m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1
blueashflyer 2
awesome find
Map date is 2019 ....
Peter1954 9
Pictures of the incident (from GROUND LEVEL)
Torsten Hoff 8
I love this bit:

“No voice communication could be made with the pilot, so rescue crews had to use hand gestures to guide him to the landing strip. From there he was able to land the plane, which suffered damage to the fuselage.”

What did they do, point at the runway?
The Truth is Out There:

Mooney M20F, N2980L: Incident occurred July 07, 2018 at Wayne County Airport (KBJJ), Wooster, Ohio

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland

Landed gear up.

Date: 07-JUL-18
Time: 14:05:00Z
Regis#: N2980L
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20F
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO
Chris B 4
Copy and paste this link to images of the Lancaster Bomber on Google Earth flying over Lancaster..
Google Earth has caught a lot of interesting stuff. Naked people, people peeing, a bike crash, a car crash, a B&E, house fires, fights. The worst, and best of humanity. What would anyone expect?

There are a few websites out there that catalog those found. I remember someone making a big deal out of finding an airplane in flight too. That would be hard to find.

There was a guy hyperventilating about an image of a runway showing three planes on the same stretch of runway thinking how could that be allowed. The satellite took three pictures that were combined to show the swath of ground it covered on its orbit. The hilarity of people losing it over things like that. *shrug*
Grahame Budd 1
But sometimes it's amazing. My favourite was a Lancaster bomber over the city of Lancaster in 2003. Google Earth for Lancaster 52 20 10.87N 0 11 43.34W, then wind back to 2013. You could also try this link. 52 20 10.87N 0 11 43.34W.
How do you rewind a Google map? I can't find that feature any longer.
John Krause 1
It's in Google Earth, not Maps
Excellent find, considering there are only two flying in the world. My Dad was a Lanc pilot in WW2.
WhiteKnight77 2
I have seen numerous planes caught on camera in the air, as well as one at the bottom of a lake in the past. Satellite imagery has come a long way since my Pops looked at such while in the Air Force.
bentwing60 1
Cool, how did you find it? Looks like a Mooney with the gear up.
blueashflyer 1
That IS the current picture on Google Earth. I was in Google Earth in that vicinity checking something else out, and I like to look at nearby airports. GE says picture date was 7/6/2018. I searched NTSB aviation database and there is no associated report around that date / time / location.
bentwing60 1
I did the same and came up dry. You would look on the FAA incident/accident database however cause no fatal, no NTSB, unless they choose to participate.
blueashflyer 1
That IS the current picture on Google Earth. I was in Google Earth in that vicinity checking something else out, and I like to look at nearby airports. GE says picture date was 7/6/2018. I searched NTSB aviation database and there is no associated report around that date / time / location.
10and250 1
No reason to find anything in the NTSB aviation database if this event was a typical gear-up and/or engine failure event that did not meet the notification requirements of an aircraft accident as defined in 49 CFR 830.2
Greg S 1
"What are the chances ..."

Small, but not too small, depending on how long the vehicles and aircraft were out there.
Notice how much damage that Mooney did to the runway...

Exactly none.
Looks like there's no damage to the prop. Amazing job feathering it and amazing luck that it stopped in the horizontal position!
skylab72 1
It does not look feathered.
Richard Carr 1
The Mooney’s propeller doesn’t look like it had any damage. So, the pilot must have cut the engine and stalled to stop the prop windmilling and landed without power.. Either a very good pilot or a foolhardy one. Take your pick!
bbabis 1
I see damaged prop tips. Power was probably cut in the flare but both tips were dinged before the prop stopped. It looks like the pilot also elected to use only a few degrees of flaps to save flap damage. All in all, not too costly of a landing. Mooney gear, if maintained properly, is bullet proof. Not sure what issue caused the gear up.
skylab72 1
Not Luck and not foolhardy, just a good mechanic plus a savvy pilot. Flat 6 aircraft engines have a piston at compression TDC (top dead center) three times per revolution. When you bolt-on a two-blade prop you make sure two of those TDC events happen with the prop 30 degrees off horizontal. Note the pic shows this, the prop stopped a bit more than 60 degrees past vertical. If you are facing a gear-up landing and the prop stops vertically, just bump the starter and it will stop at one of the other two positions. By the way, doing this avoids the engine rebuild since there is no prop strike.
Richard Carr 1
The propellor does not stop unless you drastically reduce the airspeed by stalling the airplane. That’s why they call it “wind”milling. But, it’s fairly easy to do and recover from at a decent altitude.

Most pilots don’t practice deadstick landings and that’s why it can be a bad idea to attempt one just to save the expense of the engine teardown and prop replacement. A gear up landing on a runway is fairly safe to accomplish when the airplane is under full control. A misjudged landing without power CAN turn into a disaster.
skylab72 1
RC, I understand the physics, and you did not even mention that the Mooney is an incredibly slick airframe that will maintain airspeed with little coaxing, so stopping a prop on one is harder than with a Cessna powered by the same engine. And yes way too few pilots actually practice pilotage. Seriously I would never suggest any pilot attempt maneuvers or procedures they are uncomfortable with. Gear up >should< never be your first dead stick.

However, I simply assert that those images suggest to me, that a “savvy” pilot in that aircraft seems to have flattened pitch to minimize windmilling, and while maintaining adequate altitude for safety, bled away enough airspeed to have stopped the prop while still airborne and managed their aircraft’s energy well enough all the way down that it came to rest very nearly in the middle of the runway. I praise the skill of the particular pilot. Mooney drivers are a slightly different breed.

I do not suggest anyone attempt any such feat if power on is an option and you do not have the skills. I do not. I’m just a mechanic that sets up two blades on flat sixes correctly, whether it is going on a retractable or not.
Poor guy, hope he had the Mooney insured .... bigly!
Richard Carr 1
Actually gear up landings are not that expensive to repair. Usually the biggest cost is to remove and tear down the engine and reinstall it. Required any time there is a sudden stoppage or damage to the propellor.
Alan Connor 0
Here is one I have been trying to figure. What is this airplane (looks like a 172) doing on the beach near Ocracoke Island (W95) airport?,-75.9627502,282m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x89a5d8991005b7f7:0x9d717cfef153e2f1!8m2!3d35.1043317!4d-75.9625571
WhiteKnight77 1
Looking at the Google Earth wayback machine, there are more or fewer planes there depending on the time of the year, and there is one shot with a helicopter on the helo pad. I didn't find one on the beach, but maybe a truck.
There is definitely a plane on the beach idea why though. Looks like it's stuck in the sand.
bbabis 0
It happens!

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