Originally Posted by PaulvS
Whew, unlucky but also lucky and well-saved by the crew. That tyoe of event is not one I've encountered in any emergency training. Is there anything specific you did to manage the situation, other than shutting down quickly and keeping it straight? The impact noise alone would be shocking, I imagine.
The actual event was over in seconds and my recollection in hindsight may not reflect the actual sequence. I will eventually get the SD cards from the Garmin and look at the data to get the output of some of the recorded parameters.
First off, I am an experienced pilot with just under 18,000 hours of which a couple thousand is in light GA. I am current in transport category aircraft and regularly train in full motion simulators, which helps develop good procedures and techniques that no doubt helped.
As I said earlier, the initial impact was like a very intense V1 cut (loss of engine on takeoff) for a twin-engine aircraft. That's where the training and instinct kicked in. I only had just over 10 hours of tailwheel time and the endorsement, done in a Super Decathlon. But hours are just numbers, it was the muscle memory of "keeping it straight" and getting it stopped. Never gave up...stick with it, otherwise I am sure I would have become a passenger on the way to an excursion.
Timing is everything...yes it was bad timing that caused the impact, but it could have been much worse. Had we had more kinetic energy, had hit it while making a wheel landing , or if we had executed a go-around (never saw it in time for this option) and hit the gear or prop, it could have been much worse. Any of those scenarios could have left us inverted with a ruptured fuel tank.