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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-13-2006, 09:31 PM
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I have been reading the different fora and it looks like the U-turn over the East River is now the current theory. What I want to know about is the plane they showed from Teterboro on Radar a couple of hours after the crash that took a West to East flight path to about the same area. Either it was a newschopper that came to the scene just after the crash or there were two craft in that airspace at near the same time.

As for doing a UTurn above the East River, jeez, that is not that big of an area. You are approaching LGA pretty fast as you head north and can't just hang left and fly over the Island to avoid LaGuardia traffic. If he was at 700 when he tried the turn, he had NO margin for error if he lost airspeed and stalled. I have flown the Hudson route but not the East River [too tight for me with 30 or more planes in the environs at all points and a minimum of 20 voices in your ear at all times.] There is a very busy helipad just below where he crashed at the Roosevelt Island 59st Bridge area and Bronx/Queens air traffic just to the right.


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I never made a real planes pilot, but I was piloting lot of models in my younger years.
My experience is, that even driving a car well takes extraordinary skills. On another forum one member working for a warehouse stated that professional drivers could drive 3000 miles forward, but could not go in reverse for 60 feet.
So my impression would be, that it doesn't take much to make stupid error and kill several people, while flying the plane.
Remember Kennedy and that 11-year old girl few year back?
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