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Ditching

from General Aviation News

My last column, "Asleep at the Yoke," included a report about a Piper Seneca pilot who had to ditch his airplane in the Gulf of Mexico. The thought of having to ditch an aircraft intrigued me, especially when I realized there is a different psychology to the act of ditching vs. an intentional forced landing on terra firma. Putting an aircraft down on the ground allows the pilot the possibility of returning to the plane, of examining it to determine the cause of the malfunction, of gaining closure. more


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