Definition of a Good Landing?
It is said that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. Well, I guess that definition will have to be expanded to include any landing you can climb down from.
Some back story:
A hoax? Well, not quite…
The engine of Piper Archer N6487J quit due to carburetor icing on the downwind leg to landing at Meadow Lake Airport, northeast of Colorado Springs, CO. The pilot of the aircraft, Terry Brookham, survived unharmed, at least until climbing down a ladder from the crash and scratching his face above his left eye. In reacting to the photo he is quoted as saying, “It is funny.”
But there is more to the story.
AOPA PILOT magazine’s November, 2007, issue included an article by Christopher L. Freeze that revealed a partial hoax, not because the crash wasn’t real but because some doctoring of the signs had occurred. Apparently there was some competitive angst from dueling flight schools, and the direction and location of the signs were altered to make American Aviation, the flight school renting the plane, look bad. Go to AOPA for the full story.