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    Mid-Air Collision

    Holy guacamole, Batman!

    Two planes collide midair above Denver, no one injured

    DENVER (AP) ó Two small airplanes collided in midair Wednesday near Denver, leaving one aircraft nearly ripped in half and forcing the pilot of the other to deploy a parachute attached to the plane to land safely. Remarkably, no one was injured, officials said.
    The key here is no one was injured. Look at the pics in the link:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/two-plane...200447188.html

    If I'm Fairchild, I've got my next ad campaign. "Cut us in half and we'll still land you safe."
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    I've never seen a plane deploy a parachute before.

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    They are standard equipment on some models. Makes sense if you can stand the extra weight.
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    Yeah Cirrus Aircraft has that feature. Here's a video of one in operation (and just a suggestion; if you value your brain cells then don't read the viewer comments):

    https://youtu.be/gBCUQlF3MMU

    The damage to the small jet makes me think it was caused by the propeller on the Cirrus. ETA: On second thought looks like the landing gear clobbered the jet. The prop on the Cirrus is intact and the jet fuselage is bent outwards, as if being hit with a sideways impact.

    And photos of the aircraft:

    https://www.airlive.net/breaking-mid...nnial-airport/
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    Not knowing anything about either of the planes, do they both have anti collision software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bknight View Post
    Not knowing anything about either of the planes, do they both have anti collision software?
    Don't know if either or both did but Collision Avoidance is a relatively recent innovation in general aviation for the private pilot set. The jet may have had such a system but I think TCAS only works if the other guy also has it, like on commercial jets, and which amounts to transponders being aware of each other. Wikipedia has a piece on collision avoidance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbor...oidance_system

    Example of a GA system: https://flarm.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlaugh View Post
    Don't know if either or both did but Collision Avoidance is a relatively recent innovation in general aviation for the private pilot set. The jet may have had such a system but I think TCAS only works if the other guy also has it, like on commercial jets, and which amounts to transponders being aware of each other. Wikipedia has a piece on collision avoidance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbor...oidance_system

    Example of a GA system: https://flarm.com/
    Ok, thanks.

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    Excellent video (as always) by Juan Browne. Very complimentary of the Metro pilot and the young man in the Cessna on his first solo who witnessed the event.
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    One correction, the Metroliner is a twin turboprop, not a jet. (At least one of the articles got it wrong, too.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    One correction, the Metroliner is a twin turboprop, not a jet. (At least one of the articles got it wrong, too.)
    Whoops! And me too.

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    The box section created by the passenger floor and lower half of the hull must be seriously strong if it could hold the entire tail like that during the forces of flight and landing. And plane parachutes are always an awesome feature when needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    One correction, the Metroliner is a twin turboprop, not a jet. (At least one of the articles got it wrong, too.)
    I used to fly on those occasionally between Seattle and Portland. That was before I figured out I could drive there in less time than it took to do two airports and the flight; and wouldn't have to rent a car. Juan Browne referred to it as "the flying sewer pipe". I always called it "the flying cigar". Very much long and slim. Nine rows of two seats plus a middle seat in the last row; 19 passengers being the cutoff for requiring a flight attendant. Quite speedy!
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