Who Safety Checked This Thing?: Man Safely Lands Plane After Propeller Falls Off

September 28, 2016

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This is a video of pilot Mark Penell landing his Rans S-10 plane after the propeller falls off. I like how he looks around for the propeller after it disappears, like maybe it's just hiding somewhere. Thankfully, Mark was near the airport when his propeller decided it was tired of flying, and was able to make a safe landing. Who safety checked that plane before takeoff anyways? Was it you, Mark? Now I'm no aircraft mechanic, but I feel like the propeller is an important part to check out. The wings too, you want to make sure they're both there. *slapping plane* You're good to go. "The fuel tank reads empty." Haha, yeah I drank it all. Autobot initiation hazing.

Hit the jump for Sully's understudy in action.

Thanks to Gavin, who never goes any higher than two stories without a parachute.

  • failquail

    I like the way he keeps trying the throttle at points even though the prop is very obviously completely gone :)

  • Bling Nye

    That "...well shit..." stance and stare at the front of the plane at the end...

    Priceless.

  • Meh, those are only for decoration anyways.

  • Bling Nye

    It's just a prop after all.

  • Titty McNipplefondler

    I would like to see the story of the person that was decapitated by it.

  • Draco Basileus

    Not even a fist pump or a thumbs up to the camera? Didn't this guy know this was going to be posted to the internet?

  • Why safety checked this thing?

    That is one of life's greatest questions.

  • Barry Rowlingson

    He built it. In the comments he admits he didn't torque his nuts up tight enough.

  • That's a real shame, I love to torque my nuts up tight.

  • Meh

    Actually the propeller is for maintaining and getting up to speed. As long as you're going down and you have wings you should be fine.

    WHAT doesn't Kerbal Space Program teach you.

  • I want that game! Is it actually rad? It's kinda pricey so I haven't pulled the trigger.

  • Meh

    Well, it has quite the steep learning curve, but if you persevere its exceptionally rewarding. I'm actually not that good, but i love it:) Even after i don't know 2+ years.

  • I think I'm gonna give it a try. Been splitting my time with rocket league, GTAV, and rebel galaxy. I have a week off next week though, so I'll have plenty more time.

  • Meh

    Yeah you totally should. Just make sure to check the basics, and perhaps some tutorials on youtube:) It can be a little daunting in the beginning but once you understand the physics and the way orbits work then it'll all fall into place.

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