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fly5280 01-09-2019 05:52 PM

Accident not my fault.Should I give give up?
 
Hello all,

Pretty new here.

Shortly after getting my PPL I had a rudder cable system fail on short short final on a crosswind landing. I did everything in my power to correct it. I was able to get the plane down, but slid to the side off the runway. The airplane sustained damage. It was called an accident because there was too much damage. The NTSB report came out and states it was caused by a rudder cable failure. I was also was not exceeding the crosswind limit of the aircraft. I was not injured at all. The FAA didn't have me do anything. Should I give up on a flying career? I see some job posting saying "no accidents or incidents." What do they mean? Do they mean crashes in bigger airplanes? If I remain clean will a 121 carrier hire me? I have not failed any checkrides. Any thoughts? I feel it's made me a better pilot. I'm still pretty young(26) Currently working on my IFR. Thanks

TKOwnedU5 01-09-2019 06:04 PM

Iíd say if you can prove it during an interview and as long as your honest and up front you shouldnít have any problem getting hired. Donít give up!!


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Ohlsan 01-09-2019 06:07 PM

Donít give up, keep a copy of the report, in case there is ever a question during an interview.

TKOwnedU5 01-09-2019 06:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ohlsan (Post 2739945)
Donít give up, keep a copy of the report, in case there is ever a question during an interview.



This ^^


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Gordie H 01-09-2019 07:32 PM

Wow, Iíve never heard of that happening on a light single. Glad you were ok.

Honestly, if the rudder cable snapped as you say and you were able to safely get it on the ground (albeit with some damage), well done. During an interview, this would be a POSITIVE story you would tell....I.e critical flight control fails, you maintain aircraft control and land without a catastrophic outcome, etc.

From what youíve written, I canít see how this would negatively affect your future at all. Best of luck!

viper548 01-09-2019 07:33 PM

You performed a successful emergency landing after a flight control malfunction inflight. Yes you have to mark they yes box on the accident/incident question but Sully would have to also. This will make a good story to tell at an interview.

JohnBurke 01-09-2019 08:33 PM

That's not a black mark on your record. It's a selling point in an interview.

You faced an inflight problem and addressed it.

Use it to your advantage.

Excargodog 01-09-2019 09:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JohnBurke (Post 2740041)
That's not a black mark on your record. It's a selling point in an interview.

You faced an inflight problem and addressed it.

Use it to your advantage.

That^^^^

Definitely.

zondaracer 01-09-2019 09:23 PM

Me friend had a throttle cable disconnect in flight. The power was stuck at idle and crash landed short of the field. The plane was totaled but he and his student survived. He still got hired and it was a great story to tell at the interview.

siuaviation 01-09-2019 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fly5280 (Post 2739932)
Hello all,

Pretty new here.

Shortly after getting my PPL I had a rudder cable system fail on short short final on a crosswind landing. I did everything in my power to correct it. I was able to get the plane down, but slid to the side off the runway. The airplane sustained damage. It was called an accident because there was too much damage. The NTSB report came out and states it was caused by a rudder cable failure. I was also was not exceeding the crosswind limit of the aircraft. I was not injured at all. The FAA didn't have me do anything. Should I give up on a flying career? I see some job posting saying "no accidents or incidents."
What do they mean? Do they mean crashes in bigger airplanes? If I remain clean will a 121 carrier hire me? I have not failed any checkrides. Any thoughts? I feel it's made me a better pilot. I'm still pretty young(26) Currently working on my IFR. Thanks

This definitely wonít be an issue. I had my accident before I went to the regionals, disclosed it on the application, brought a copy of the accident report to the interview and it was a huge ďsellingĒ point. My accident report: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.a...20060322X00327


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