Mickey Thompson’s ill-fated “Sears Allstate Special” Indy car. The car started the 1964 race loaded with 45 gallons of high octane racing gasoline. On the second lap driver Dave MacDonald lost control of the car and crashed on the front stretch. The car caught fire and was then hit broadside in the fuel tank by the car of Eddie Sachs. The result was a massive gasoline explosion. Both MacDonald and Sachs were killed. In 1965 USAC mandated the use of methanol and banned gasoline as an Indy car fuel.
National Air Cargo Flight 102 - Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan - 4/29/2013 - 7 fatalities (no survivors).
The 747-400 crashed while taking off for a cargo flight to Dubai. The video above shows clearly a high angle of attack, stalling of the wings, and eventual crash of the plane.
stalling of the wings, huh? I didn’t know that the wings were the part that moves and propels the aircraft through the air..
but honestly, when I see stuff like this, I can’t help but cringe. PISS TESTS FOR EVERYONE
I only just noticed this note on a reblog from May. FYI, in aviation, “stalling” means a loss of lift. It is not the same thing as an engine stalling. Saying that the ‘wings stalled’ is just shorthand for describing the aircraft entering a stall, which can be due to a number of factors, including incorrect speed and pitch.
In any case, I was looking for this post to add the following info:
The NTSB has taken over the investigation of the final report. Current reports confirm that a load shift did in fact occur; 5 armored vehicles weighing 80 tons crashed into the rear of the cargo hold. The impact was so severe that wires were severed and parts of the 747 broke off (these were found on the runway.) More on AV Herald.
An article on The Aviationist last year has an animation.
(On a personal note, blaming pilots for something and going on about ‘piss tests’ in the aftermath of a crash when you obviously don’t know anything about aviation is kind of shitty.)
(ps If pilots or engineers ever want to correct my terms or speculation please do. I’m mostly an aggregator of info but I occasionally put my own opinions on things and I’m willing to be schooled.)
The steamer the SS Mohegan sank off the coast of the Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall on the 14th of October, 1898. 106 of the 197 on board died, including Isadora Duncan’s father, stepmother and sister.
Because all of the officers on board died in the wreck, no definite answers were ever given for why they had veered so far off course.
NO ONE can drive in New York.
The first time I set foot in Hamburg I knew there was something special about this place: it’s unpredictable, extremely diverse and somewhat confusing. It was October 2013 and I was in search of a new home; I had been to Berlin before, but it seemed to obvious to pack up and move there, it felt…