I'm running around a bit here. The old Otter was the only airplane I ever saw fly backwards. One of the older hands was landing in a really stiff, steady, head wind. What I assume he did was throttle back until the wind was losing him a bit of headway. From the ground it looked like he was standing still at 300 feet or flying backwards very slowly.
Funny how hard livin', grief, terror and disaster can give you a twisted sense of humour, and mine isn't always appreciated by everyone, but they haven't lived my life either. (Helo and fixed wingers do rib each other). Funny thing, when I was voluntold to fly the Beaver, (I was the Noresman/Otter driver) we first had to comply with an Airworthiness Directive which required us to remove the struts and check the fittings for cracks because someone in Ontario lost a wing because that operator failed to comply with the same AD. Yup, the same operator that cost my buddy his life.
You have to have a twisted sense of humour,
Ever got "otterback"?
I allways gave the heli pilots a hard time,just not in the air when they cranked uo rolling stones on the headphones and asked if I wanted to "play"
Hellya! low level or high level,dont care,just do it!
Although there are countless airplane accidents, structural failure is one of the least common causes. But it has not been a rarity with the Piper Malibu. Since it came to market in 1983, the Malibu and its derivatives have been involved in 12 crashes in which the airplane came apart in midair, killing everyone aboard. (Between 980 and 1,000 of the airplanes have been built.)