Lucky to be alive:

This is unprecedented footage of a small airplane crash from inside the cockpit from two different views. Miraculously, everyone survived. The pilot will make a full recovery and the rest of us escaped with superficial injuries and feel very lucky to be alive . This trip was much anticipated and due to our excitement we had our Gopro cameras filming at various times. After flying up into the mountains for a morning hike in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness we were planning on flying to a small mountain town for dinner. Due to warming temperatures there was an increase in density altitude and we had a hard time getting adequate lift. After taking off we hit an air pocket that made us rapidly loose altitude, pushing us down into the trees.


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  • Guest

    Bad Airmanship is Bad…..flying less than 500′ over a forest… barely any performance on takeoff…. 

  • Montana Muse

    Could tell 1/4 the way down the runway the decision was to abort.  Looks like someone not doing the old P charts and density alt calcs.  Very bad Airmanship

  • Spiker

    I know feck all about flying but he used just about all that strip trying to get off the ground. Any time I’ve been in a little thing like that it’s just popped up into the air after a short distance. Hindsight might suggest quitting the attempt after a few hundred meters?

  • insider

    Those people are very very lucky to be alive. I have very very limited knowledge of flying, but it seems there was no application of power to increase lift – engine tone was constant – and he didn’t really gun the engine for take off. What’s the bets he didn’t even notice what was going on as he was distracted by his ipad…