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Mentour Pilot – SAS flight 751-the Gottröra Miracle

An evening pause: Hat tip Björn Larsson a.k.a. LocalFluff. who adds,

This stuff is more complicated than I thought. You could pick your favourite(!) airplane crash. The fantastic Hudson river landing for example. My favourite is this one, with a happy ending, because it crashed near to where I lived as a kid back then. The crash site, a potato field, was then locally called The Gottröra International Airport. Someone even put up a sign with that name at the bus stop nearby.

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  • Concerned

    Mentour pilot is really good, I’ve been subscribed to his YouTube channel for a while. He’s a real professional.

  • mpthompson

    Agreed regarding Mentour Pilot. I’ve been watching him for a few years now.

  • Localfluff

    I like how he describes how the crew handled it. Traditionally Swedish. A colleague pilot was transported as a passenger and enters the cockpit to help out with the check list when both engines had stopped. “So that you can concentrate on flying the thing”. Not much is said at all as the sound recording shows. Everyone knows what is to be done anyway, no point in talking about it. When the wheels hit the tree tops the pilot calmly informes ground control:
    “- This is SK751. We are crash landing now.”

    (Now I am adding stuff to make a joke, but then the pilot walked out of the broken hull and told the passengers that coffee is free now, the machine still works).

    I happened to live nearby when it happened. Some guy put up a sign on the bus stop next door reading:
    “Gottröra International Airport”. We could joke about it because everyone miraculously survived. It was Christmas time.

  • Jeff Wright

    I never liked the loss of the flight engineers. Bob Welsh cost cutting nonsense that hurt aviation.

  • Third (I think) for Mentour Pilot. The guy knows his stuff, and looks to keep up on the art.

    An amazing outcome. No deaths. A real credit to everyone involved.

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