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Oh dear!

AviationPosted by Peter Smith Sat, March 31, 2018 17:37:13

This Yak 3 had completed its display at Warbirds over Wanaka and was on a grass runway when it clipped a cherry picker. A full enquiry is underway as to how his came about. Fortunately the pilot was fine but the Yak does not look too clever smiley

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Posted by Workshy Joe Thu, April 05, 2018 00:31:39

If you listen to the commentary he mentions the Yak landing on the grass, "Here's Arthur taking the grass vector, here we got the two vectors, parallel runways, grass and sealed..."

Does that imply that the grass was indeed active and if so why no-one spotted that big red lump of machinery was even close to the grass runway?...

Posted by G Mon, April 02, 2018 21:04:33

Oh, I bet he's furious. Question for you ? prior to this incident, how many other aircraft taking part in the airshow landed on that grass 'active' runway ?

Posted by Workshop Joe Sun, April 01, 2018 13:29:06

Wrecked Yak...

Have read the CP in question had been "left" on the active grass runway after the morning stunt display and the pilot/owner of the Yak must be furious at this totally avoidable incident. A/C has been up for sale for some time - guess that's on hold now...

Posted by Peter Sun, April 01, 2018 09:27:44

You drive them eh. Bet you have a nice laminated card that 'allows' you to do it

Posted by G Sun, April 01, 2018 07:55:52

I heard Peter that there were two 'cherry pickers' had either been or about to be used in some 'fly-under-the-pole' stunt but feel myself they should have been parked well away out of harms way until required and although that version is bloody heavy, they are diesel and can 'shift' pretty quickly. I know I drive them. That will cost some serious money in the long run. I guess the airshow people have lost their 'deposit' from the hire company unless they belong to the airport.

Posted by Peter Smith Sat, March 31, 2018 23:48:45

Whether it should have been there or not you can't help feeling that an orange cherry picker would be easy enough to spot so may be more to it. Inquest result awaited!

Posted by G Sat, March 31, 2018 20:03:24

Awful incident here, but so glad the pilot was okey and all that was required but a clean new pair of 'boxer-shorts'. Steering/brake issues ? or with it being a 'tail-dragger' simply did not see the large biggest version of the JLG '45' series in 'orange' too ?