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Fatal ground accident in Montreal

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Just read the news that a young lady who was mowing the grass at Parachutisme Montreal was fatally struck by the wing of a landing plane, apparently one of the dz’s pilots flying his private plane on a day off while there was no jumping activity. Not a skydiving accident, but very closely related. 
 

some lessons to be learned apparently: communication, observation and visibility might have played a role  

https://www.tvanouvelles.ca/2021/07/05/happee-par-un-avion-en-tondant-la-pelouse-dans-lanaudiere-1

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Thanks. I had only seen less complete English language news outside of 'la belle province'. On the video, the way Mario explains the lack of vision just at landing, suggests the plane was a taildragger, which makes the visibility issue a little tougher.  Lessons indeed about communication at smaller & private strips where it isn't like ground service vehicles and planes are in contact with ATC.

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2 hours ago, pchapman said:

Thanks. I had only seen less complete English language news outside of 'la belle province'. On the video, the way Mario explains the lack of vision just at landing, suggests the plane was a taildragger, which makes the visibility issue a little tougher.  Lessons indeed about communication at smaller & private strips where it isn't like ground service vehicles and planes are in contact with ATC.

One airport I jump at, all we have are taildraggers (and most without radios) and a grass strip that needs frequent mowing.  So, standard procedure is a pass down the bean field next to the runway prior to making your final landing pattern.  It was done that way when these planes were new (1930-40's), and it still works for the most part.  Your pass both allows for a pilot's visual check of the entire runway and to visually announce your intention to land on the next circuit.

The visibility for a tail dragger on landing is not much different than in a tricycle, but on taxi, initial TO, and roll-out the visibility can be from limited to completely obscured depending on the plane.  If you are around them, remember if you can't see their face, they can't see you.

(I've known of one case where one taxi'ed in front of one just starting it TO roll and they met nose to firewall to nose.)

Best wishes to those involved... RIP.

JW

 

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It was NOT a taildragger, just a plane with a bigger / longer cowl & radial engine. Looked like a Nanchang CJ-6, something like that. The riding mower and the plane off to the side of the runway could be seen in a new news video.

Not that any of this really changes the issues as mentioned in the first post.

( https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2235845 )

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CTV's Matt Grillo (sp?) needs to extract his cranium from his rectum because anyone can see that Nanjing CJ-6 is almost useless for skydiving .... ergo there is no need for Parachute Montreal to own a Nanjing.

Chinese-made Nanjing trainers are popular with warbird owner/pilots because they can be bought for a fraction of the cost of Spitfires, etc. They are a Chinese design loosely based on the Yak 55 trainer that is also popular with warbird pilots.

 

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It was impossible for the lawn mower driver to hear a plane approaching for landing.

To prevent a repeat - of this accident - we should install better mufflers on gasoline powered lawn mowers. Did I ever tell you how much I hate the sound of loud lawn-mowers?

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