Monday, October 06, 2008

"True only in the most technical sense"

Apparently when the Wrinkly White Haired GuyTM wrote that his first plane crash was because the engine stalled, he neglected to mention it stalled because he screwed up. Just like other crashes and accidents later in his flying career.
The official Navy report into the Corpus Christi accident on March 12, 1960, concludes that the AD-6 Skyraider trainer crashed because McCain failed to "maintain an airspeed above the stall speed." It attributed the accident to "the preoccupation of the pilot coupled with a power setting too low to maintain level flight." The single-engine prop plane sank to the bottom of Corpus Christi Bay. McCain was rescued by a helicopter after swimming to the surface.


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