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January 1, 2006
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Ed: this report was submitted by the pilot
2) If you feel rushed by the pressures of a student, family, friend, or peer, do not rush. Even if any of those people or other unforeseen forces insist on it, do not rush. If in doubt, take your time or simply refuse to fly. In the case of this incident, once my motor was repaired after the emergency landing, the air was getting more turbulent in the late morning. In hindsight, I should have not bowed to the pressures of time for the sake of my student. 3) Be more thorough with pre-flights, adding the tandem/solo carabineer check to the pre-launch check list.
Ed: The following report was submitted by the student of the above flight.
The motor quit on our first flight and since we were only up for 10 minutes, we set another date and time. We met at 7 a.m. in the morning at an abandoned airfield and took off without incident. We had a very pleasant flight over the desert until he told me we were landing because he was losing power. We landed between towering Saguaro cactus and he checked the engine out and said he had enough power to take off solo and he would put a new carburetor on it and return for me. After 3 hours he called me back on my cell phone to say it was fixed it and he was coming for me. I described my location and finally, after several attempts, he found me and landed. We took off and, reaching an altitude of 30-40 feet, he informed me we were doing an emergency landing. We hit the ground, bounced back up and landed sideways. The trike, tipped upside down and skidded for about 10 feet.
The pilot thought his arm was broken. It was difficult to unstrap in an upside down position and I could hear gas running onto the rocky ground. I finally got off and righted the trike. His his arm was severely bruised and he could not use it. The prop was intact, but shattered (fiberglass) and the cage was dented. He looked at the rings where the harness was attached and informed me he had forgotten to attach the harness to the ring for 2 man flight; he had it set for one man flight.
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