Pilot Makes Unusual Landing

By Staff Writer | October 24, 2008

A British Royal Navy pilot has been recommended for a citation for saving his crew, passengers and helicopter by executing an unusual landing. During a recent rescue mission in a mountainous region of Afghanistan, one of the landing gear on Lt Richard Sturman’s Sikorsky Sea King was destroyed. Knowing that a normal landing would be risky on just two wheels because the aircraft would rollover, Sturman hovered above his landing zone while directing ground personnel in the construction of a cradle made of 500 sandbags. After hovering for an hour, he was able to make a safe landing with only seven minutes of fuel left onboard. Related news


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