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What the Heck Wednesday - Twin Engine Mishap

This week on What the Heck Wednesday we have an oldie, but a goodie submitted by rcbobp. It was filmed way back in 2007 and shows a twin engine Douglas A26 lining up for a maiden flight.

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This week on What the Heck Wednesday we have an oldie, but a goodie submitted by rcbobp. It was filmed way back in 2007 and shows a twin engine Douglas A26 lining up for a maiden flight. The engines are purring nicely and it rolls down the runway just fine. The take off is where disaster strikes as the plane rolls left 90 degrees and hits the ground wingtip first and smashes it up into many pieces. The old adage rings true here, take offs are optional, but landings are mandatory. This one ended in shambles, but my favorite part is the kid at the end of the video with his commentary. This surely made his day!

So break it down for me in the comments below. What went wrong here and what could have been done to prevent it?

If you have a video of a weird or entertaining crash and would like to be featured on What the Heck Wednesday, please send me a PM with your submission.

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Old 01-12-2022, 03:23 PM
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Failure to maintain centerline followed by premature rotation do to trying to avoid leaving the runway, followed by stall and crash.

To little/too slow on the rudder and horsed it off.
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Old 01-12-2022, 03:48 PM
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Left engine quit
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Old 01-12-2022, 04:38 PM
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It looks like at 10 sec rudder is full to the right, with nose wheel still on the ground, yet the plane yaws to the left. Thrust imbalance due to engines not properly tuned/synch'ed?
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:02 PM
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Failure to maintain centerline followed by premature rotation do to trying to avoid leaving the runway, followed by stall and crash.

To little/too slow on the rudder and horsed it off.
Exactly, torque pulled her to the left and the rest is what you described.
Left wing stall. Shame, nice looking bird.
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Old 01-12-2022, 06:33 PM
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Ailerons reversed? Been there, done that!
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How to prevent? Anticipate the fact that the plane will try to pull left as you zoom down the runway. Hold enough right rudder to prevent this. Make sure the plane reaches take off velocity before pulling back on the sticks. Then pull back slowly to prevent stall. Heck, he may have even saved this take off had he not panicked and jerked back on the stick so hard.
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+1. Exactly what I was going to say.
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Old 01-13-2022, 08:24 AM
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+1. Exactly what I was going to say.
Many armchair quarterbacks on here
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Many armchair quarterbacks on here

That's kinda of the point of the thread.....
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+1. Exactly what I was going to say.
Agree
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I agree with this .
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I was thinking the same but listen carefully the noise of the engines never changes and with glow twins there is that distinct sound all the way to impact.
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Simply airspeed. Classic stall/spin.
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Failure to maintain centerline followed by premature rotation do to trying to avoid leaving the runway, followed by stall and crash.

To little/too slow on the rudder and horsed it off.

Exactly. Watch how quick the tail strikes the runway as the plane veers off the runway. Hard yank on the elevator stick is where things went bad.
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