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ToiletDuck
12-11-2006, 07:51 PM
I would like to hear about what you guys would consider your worst landing. I'm not talking about one that shook you up. I'm talking about the one that was so bad you just got up and walked off the aircraft and didn't think twice because there was no argueing the fact the landing you just made was the worst ever.

Mine was actually just a couple days ago. I was flying the bossmans wife along with the older pilot to SAT in the Merlin. For those of you that don't know the throttles on the merlin have locks that keep you from going into ground idle. You have to pull them up with your fingers to bring the throttles up and over the locks. Anyway I was on final and slowing her down to 130KIAS. I had my hands on the throttle but didn't realize I had pulled the stopps up because I was staring at the airbus right infront of me wondering if he was going to be off the runway in time. As I'm flaring I smoothly pull the throttles back, right past flight idle and (since I had the stops up) into ground idle. It basically feels like hitting a wall. The airplane dropped like I was going for the third wire on a carrier. It's the first time I actually felt the struts do their job as the plane bobbed up and down. The bossmans wife actually screemed in the back! The old pilot and I taxied off and he looked at me, started grinning, and asked if we actually landed or if we were shot down. We could only laugh at it because it was that crappy. There are no instructions you can receive when you do something that bad. It was so far off the charts we just never spoke of it again lol.. On the way home I did grease it right on in though. Couldn't even tell we touched down on that one. It's a shame it doesn't erase the horrible one from earlier :D

That was the absolute worst landing I've ever had by a long shot.
Duck


Tech Maven
12-11-2006, 08:02 PM
it's time to hang it up, ToiletDuck. what a disgrace you are to our profession

;)

AVIVIII
12-12-2006, 04:30 AM
I have had my fair share of carrier landings, but I was a passenger in a 207 and I swear the guy had a 4 point landing. We definitely hit the mains, the nose and the tail all at once. When I got out, the scarring on the tail cone and the bottom of the elevator and the hydraulic fluid leaking from the nose strut confirmed my theories. This also confirmed my other theory that I shouldn't ride in airplanes where the flight crew's total time is less than mine.


FlyerJosh
12-12-2006, 05:27 AM
I set the ELT off once as a student pilot. Best part about it? It was on the first stop af a three leg cross country... flew for about 2.5 more hours with the thing going off (unbeknowst to me). When I returned to my home airport, the tower was asking all of the inbound aircraft to check/recycle their ELT switches... Doh!

ToiletDuck
12-12-2006, 02:06 PM
it's time to hang it up, ToiletDuck. what a disgrace you are to our profession

;)

It was one of those taht when you did it, you have no idea why, you don't know where it came from, you can't even explain it. Just a brainfart and half a second later you're on the ground. It really is the only landing that sticks out in my mind as being a horrible one.

exxcalibur11
12-12-2006, 04:07 PM
Me, have a bad landing? Never. Yah right.... but on your next less than perfect touch down, just tell the passengers "it wasn't my fault, it wasn't your fault, and it wasn't the plane's fault. It was the asphalt.

FlyerJosh
12-12-2006, 05:06 PM
It was one of those taht when you did it, you have no idea why, you don't know where it came from, you can't even explain it. Just a brainfart and half a second later you're on the ground. It really is the only landing that sticks out in my mind as being a horrible one.

It was that sudden burst of gravity as you rounded out your flare... :D

NE_Pilot
12-12-2006, 05:27 PM
Me, have a bad landing? Never. Yah right.... but on your next less than perfect touch down, just tell the passengers "it wasn't my fault, it wasn't your fault, and it wasn't the plane's fault. It was the asphalt.

I like it.

The landing that sticks out of my mind as my worst landing ever was when I used up about 3,000 or so feet (runway was over 5,000' long) bringing down a Cessna 172, a little while after I got my private, never did it before, haven't done it since. I have a much better understanding about energy management now because of it though.

Illini
12-12-2006, 05:27 PM
Archer III with full deflection of the controls during my private training. I heard the stall warning horn go off and I thought I was in ground effect. I remember looking to the side for a better view and my CFI was just watching and waiting. Finally, the stall hit and we had to fall 7 or 8 feet or so it seemed. Once the struts both compressed, I asked my CFI how bad it was. "Well, we have arrived haven't we?"

iflyjets4food
12-12-2006, 06:01 PM
I have bad landings from time to time. I find that a Cessna 310 is one where you are never immune to a bad landing. Even when you are getting the hang of it by flying a bunch of legs in a row, you'll still pound one on. The King Air 350 is one that nobody should be able to make a bad landing in. I've done that too. I guess if you do this every day as a career, you'll make your fair share of awful landings.

fatmike69
12-13-2006, 12:06 PM
Landing the EMB120 in Crescent City, CA. Crusher of a landing, apparently knocked open an overhead bin. Captain asked me if we should call the chiropractor, one passenger asked if they should put out a tsunami warning after that one.... :eek:

Champcar
12-18-2006, 06:47 PM
My second solo landing....I miss judged my height and flared way too high. I pounded that airplane in good...and I wondered why my back was sore the next day.

Ewfflyer
01-02-2007, 10:10 AM
I have bad landings from time to time. I find that a Cessna 310 is one where you are never immune to a bad landing. Even when you are getting the hang of it by flying a bunch of legs in a row, you'll still pound one on. The King Air 350 is one that nobody should be able to make a bad landing in. I've done that too. I guess if you do this every day as a career, you'll make your fair share of awful landings.

YESSSS!!!! I fly 310's and agree 100%. I have never flown an airplane with a more stiff suspension. I'd say if I'm in the mood where I actually care, I can grease 9 of 10, but most days I'm doing my job, getting there fast and efficient[and several short(er) landings, so I tend to give'm a nice firm touchdown for braking action].

My worst though was when I was building XC time in a warrior, went into Warsaw, IN on 18. I porposed(sp) about 3 times before I said screw it and added power for my "touches and go." I regreted not remaining in the pattern and doing it again to see exactly what I did wrong, but I imagine my speed was a little high for the landing.

GauleyPilot
01-02-2007, 01:47 PM
I love 310s. My first twin flying job.

When I started, another 310 pilot told me my best landings would be either when no passengers or other pilots were onboard, or at 2 AM when nobody else was at the airport. In other words---when nobody was there to see it.:D

Ewfflyer
01-02-2007, 08:57 PM
I love 310s. My first twin flying job.

When I started, another 310 pilot told me my best landings would be either when no passengers or other pilots were onboard, or at 2 AM when nobody else was at the airport. In other words---when nobody was there to see it.:D

I hadn't flown a single engine in over 9 months, took one out and greased every landing, and couldn't figure out why the plane I had been flying since then I couldn't do that!!!!!!!!:mad: Maybe 310's are what drove the design of trailing link!!!!!

LS1pilot
01-06-2007, 09:55 PM
Iíve had my fare share of bad landings, but nothing compared to a landing I was witness too a few years back. After a LOC 27 circle to land 09 approach at a small uncontrolled airport in IMC we taxied back and held short of 09 while picking up our clearance from FSS. We see a Saratoga on approach, but he wasnít circling to land, he instead chose to land on 27 with a 13kt tale wind. He touched down past half runway and we both watched as his rollout extended past the threshold and into the grass about 20ft. He turned around and taxied back on the runway, and to add insult to injury he taxied back and got inline behind us for T/O. As I was watching him land I thought maybe he was critical fuel or he was in some dire need to get on the ground. When he taxied behind us I knew he was just a dumba$$.

Roll Inverted and Pull
01-11-2007, 05:11 PM
I`ve had a few bad ones. A couple come to mind...I landed a DC8-61 in ATL and really pranged it on. (I was the co-pilot on that one) as we shut down at the gate, the captain said "Lets just keep the cockpit door closed for awhile" the The senior stew banged on the door and shouted "COME OUT HERE YOU COWARDS AND FACE THESE PEOPLE!" ....The other one that I remember was on a 767 going into LGA. I was being checked out as a check airman and had to get a couple of landings in the copilot seat. The other guy was the lead check airman, checking me. The way you land that big bird is with help from the other guy calling out radar altitudes off of the radar altimeter. Starting with 50, 40, 30 (that`s about when you bleed the power off), 20, start a nice flair, 10, touchdown. Well this guy calls 50,40 30 them BLAM...we`re down. At the gate a New York passenger, deplaning, tells the other guy that he needs to send me back to "Landing School"...Captain check airman (a New Yorker himself) sez .."Hey buddy...you think you can do better? want to come up here and try it?"...I guess he spoke the language....

ToiletDuck
01-11-2007, 08:25 PM
Roll inverted and pull that was one awesome story!

Ziggy
01-17-2007, 01:25 PM
I invented the first Hawker 800 lowrider! And this was with a customer onboard I was trying to smooze for a job. Just prior to touchdown I just heard the Captain say "OH ****** this is gonna hurt!"

Can anyone say Blackhole.

Baronpilot
01-17-2007, 01:54 PM
Well my instructor doesn't remember it (he's seen a lot worse) but as a student I did the typical flare too high and drop a few feet. It ended in the biggest bang you could imagine. I felt that one in my back! hahaha

crewdog
01-17-2007, 04:04 PM
One of my very worst was recorded for posterity in a Warrior when my dad had his video camera rolling from the right seat. That was a loonngggg time ago.

In 11 years as a 121 pilot I've had more than a few "arrivals" but I've never made a rubber jungle. Yet.

razorseal
01-20-2007, 08:16 PM
meh, my worst landing was not bad... it was in my first landing practice days... I would come in very good with the app speed, and then when I'd go idle right over to number to come to flare, I would start pitching up to not come down crashing (i was just scared I guess) there I would bleed off lotsa speed, and would start my flare at 40 instead of 60.... which would end up with a nice hard landing

it has gotten alot smoother :)

oh and I'm still not too good on no flap landings lol... i'm used to either full or 20 flaps