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[vintage-and-warbirds] Cockpit Footage TBM Avenger Emergency Landing Arsenal Of Democracy VE Day Flyover - YouTube

Cockpit Footage TBM Avenger Emergency Landing Arsenal Of Democracy VE Day Flyover

Use Pause for lessons learned.

This is the Emergency Landing at DCA, Reagan National, of the Military Aviation Museum TBM Avenger during the 70th anniversary of VE Day, Arsenal of Democracy flyover. A 1500psi pinhole hydraulic leak vaporized in the cockpit, appeared like smoke, and prompted a decision to abort the flyover and land at Reagan DCA airport.

The video is broken into two parts. The first is real time, the second breaks down my thoughts at the time and draws lessons learned for other pilots to learn from. The biggest lesson was how the leak presented itself in a vapor form. It moved and acted like smoke, combined with fluid heat on the legs of my passenger, it was mistaken for fire. The only differentiating feature from smoke from a fire is the smell. An electrical fire and engine fire have very distinct smells, this had the smell of hydraulic fluid. Hopefully this will help someone else recognize the difference in the future.

We were off the runway quickly and caused no delays for traffic at Reagan, fixed and flown out later that afternoon. Thank you to all who helped! American Airlines and Signature Aviation Mechanics found and fixed the problem in record time. The emergency was flown exactly as briefed for that segment of flight. To have a malfunction for that 2 mile segment when I had flown a thousand miles in the last few days and the last few years without any incidents at all is statistically impossible.

This event, especially on this day, gave a somber reminder to all those who didn't have a runway conveniently aligned. To those who were hundreds of miles away from the nearest carrier, in enemy waters. To those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember.

A nickel on the grass.

Keep em' Flying!

Museum Links
Arsenal Of Democracy Link
Forwarded message - From: Steve Link steven_link

Some interesting footage of the Avenger IFE during the Flyover due to a cracked hydraulic line. Could have been much worse….Also read the comments below the video.
Thanks Tom for the heads up.

Take the time to pause and read the lessons learned.........

Even in a plane as simple as the Citabria my SOP is that both crew members (I consider all passengers crew since they are an extra set of eyes) don and remove headsets at the same time to insure continuity of communications. 

Posted by: Steve Link

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