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Preflight Inspection Averted Crash

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Elizabeth M
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Close attention pays off
Elizabeth M   7/17/2013 6:31:11 AM
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Your attention not only to the innerworkings of your plane but also to others' experiences in the field probably saved your life, Jake. It's good that you had a reference point for what you heard when you lifted that fuel cap. It's also a good reminder for anyone flying their own planes to keep up with inspections and maintenance!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Close attention pays off
Rob Spiegel   7/17/2013 10:23:12 AM
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Good point, Elizabeth. This is an instance when the Sherlock Ohms in Jake make a major difference. When he sent in his Sherlock Ohms story, he titled it, "A Sherlock Ohms story that "doesn't suck." He is certainly correct.

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ab3a   7/17/2013 12:40:53 PM
Basically, we stay vigilant because flying is such a gift that we can't imagine losing the privilege or the ability to keep doing it.

So, yes, we read gory details from the near misses and accidents of others.  We review NTSB reports, we discuss ASRS Callback information, and we pay attention to the condition of the aircraft we fly.

We do this because when things do go wrong, there isn't much room to screw up. That's how a friend and I who were flying IFR at night managed to survive the precursors to an engine failure without damaging the aircraft or hurting anyone. We caught the rising oil temperature and dropping oil pressure at 4000' over Modena (MXE) VORTAC (west of Philadelphia) and made a proper precautionary landing. It turned out that the number 3 cylinder had cracked, and hot exhaust gasses were blowing right through the oil cooler.  I'm not sure how much longer that engine would have kept running, but I'm glad that we caught it when we did.

Aircraft are designed to perform to exact specifications, and it is important to realize that there isn't much margin for screw-ups. 

 

Jake Brodsky

 

 

tekochip
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Excellent Find
tekochip   7/17/2013 12:48:14 PM
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Excellent find.  If you hadn't have found the problem, I doubt that the NTSB would have been able to find the cause while combing through your wreckage.


Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Close attention pays off
Ann R. Thryft   7/17/2013 12:57:37 PM
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Your comment reminds me about paying attention to engine and other under-hood sounds in one's own car. Since I don't have formal auto mechanics training, sounds in my car tell me things about its condition but not a lot: mostly "happy," "unhappy," or "danger!" On several occasions, this has saved me from an accident or worse while driving, including brakes starting to fail (more than once) and the radiator fan coming off. (Those were the days before I scheduled more frequent service and maintenance appointments.) Anyway, it pays to listen to our machines, especially if they operate in the air.

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Charles Murray   7/17/2013 7:15:23 PM
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Wow. What an amazing story. It would be too easy to feel that puff of air, wonder if something's wrong, and then forget about it. As Rob said, the Sherlock Ohms in the author probably saved his life.

TJ McDermott
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Vents can't be skipped
TJ McDermott   7/18/2013 12:35:38 AM
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BRAVO on a rapid and correct deduction of the problem.  Fuel vents are absolutely necessary.  This link shows what happens just on the ground:

http://www.c141heaven.info/dotcom/61/pic_61_2778.php

Go down about 1/3 of the way, to the yellow background entry.  It describes what happens to a C141 with plugs installed in the vent lines.  The pictures that follow the yellow entries speak volumes.

 

 

a.saji
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Re: Vents can't be skipped
a.saji   7/18/2013 4:56:41 AM
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@McDermot: Yes indeed and the picture expresses more than 1000 words than it been expressed in words for sure.     

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/18/2013 5:41:38 AM
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I know what you mean, Ann. I am not so great about paying attention to my car--or at least historically I have not been so great. But these days I do try to listen carefully to the messages my vehicle is trying to send me to avert accidents or major breakdowns before they happen. It's a good lesson to learn!

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far911   7/18/2013 6:12:06 AM
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Great post Jake. I'd like to ask how often environmental variations like these botch up airplaces to create hindrances in flights? 

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