Herne Bay ditching

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I'm surprised there has been no mention of this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37078294
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I'm surprised there has been no mention of this. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-37078294
Yes, happened before my very eyes. I think his engine died; I briefly thought while he drifted along close to the beaches that he had just decided to bend the rules and give everyone a treat and had throttled right back, but he continued to get lower until landing on the water. I was very distressed to see the aircraft violently flip up and over on impact. A friend had told me how shallow the water was even 50 metres off the beach (little more than knee height). It seemed to me that the pilot could have suffered real traumas buckled and unbuckled and could risked drowning being trapped upside down even in such shallow water so was mightily relieved to hear he was relatively OK. The cliffs aren't big on that coast but he'd lost so much power that putting it down in a field behind the cliffs was probably not an option (no time to make up mind anyway). In any case there are buildings behind the cliffs as well as fields. If he had been badly hurt it would have been tough to get an ambulance to him quickly given the crowds. Great he is OK however.

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Scroll down this ITV news link for a spectator video of the ditching. After it had flipped over some people on the beach waded out, turned the plane upright and pulled it ashore intact. The pilot may have had engine trouble causing him to drop out of formation, lose altitude and ditch in the sea. However the video confirms the engine was still running and that it was not a dead stick "landing". http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2016-08-15/spectators-thanked-for-helping-air-show-crash-pilot/

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If he had been badly hurt it would have been tough to get an ambulance to him quickly given the crowds.
They had an Air Ambulance so crowds not an issue.
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According to this another Turbulent has crashed into a tree at Barton Aerodrome http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/barton-aerodrome-plane-crash-pilot-trapped-and-injuries-reported-after-light-aircraft-smashes-into-trees/ar-BBvENGI?li=BBoPRmx&OCID=DELLDHP#image=1 The pilot has sustained head injuries, hopefully he will be ok. Anyone know what the reg on this one was, were they both part of the Turbulent team?.........Martin
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A friend had told me how shallow the water was even 50 metres off the beach (little more than knee height). It seemed to me that the pilot could have suffered real traumas buckled and unbuckled and could risked drowning being trapped upside down even in such shallow water so was mightily relieved to hear he was relatively OK. The cliffs aren't big on that coast but he'd lost so much power that putting it down in a field behind the cliffs was probably not an option (no time to make up mind anyway). In any case there are buildings behind the cliffs as well as fields. .
It's a long while now since I mudlarked along that bit of coast (used to walk to Reculver and back before breakfast!), but I think that's a pretty fair assessment of the risks. Probably have been just fine if teh tide was out... In some places it goes out hundreds of yards, not just 50. Adrian
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The Turb team confirm that the crash at Barton was not one of their team and are saying that, in fact, not a Turb.
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Would seem that the crash at Barton was a Taylor Monoplane.