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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Darwin Awards—Aviation Style!

#blog #halloween #aviation #avgeek #darwinawards

Ladies and Gentlemen, from the Flight Blog...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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My favorite costume:  a blind pilot!

May I present . . .
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THE DARWIN AWARDSAviation style!
SPECIAL MORBID HALLOWEEN EDITION
An Updated Encore Post
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"The Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who accidentally remove themselves from it..."









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But First . . . 
Folks, so many people are coming out of the woodworks telling me they're Cap'n Aux fans—it's downright spooky!



Recently, as I sat in the cockpit, I noticed a Ramper (airplane ground crew) eyeing me quite creepily. Later, I got an email from him asking, "Hey, are you the famous Cap'n Aux that flew flight 123 to XYZ airport? I was your push tug driver!"



Ramper David H., welcome aboard our aeronautical adventure!

R: Baggage Manipulation Specialist First Class David H.
According to his brother, this year he's dressing for Halloween as Sasquatch!


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On another flight the very next week, I got this message from my flight Dispatcher.


So glad to see there's so many aeronautical adventurers out there!








And now . . .

THE DARWIN AWARDS—Aviation style!
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Following is a few aviation-related "Darwin Awards"*, most of which can be found at darwinawards.com.


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Forgive the gallows humor, folks, but I for one am happy to see these would-be, wannabe and inadvertent aviators excluded from the aeronautical gene pool . . . and from our world's cockpits.  Direct links to the full reports can be found in the titles below.


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1.)  Mile High Club Epic Failure...
23 December 1991, Florida
National Transportation Safety Board report
Aircraft: PIPER PA-34-200T, 
Registration: N47506

Injuries: 2 Fatal.
Witnesses observed the airplane's right wing fail in a dive and crash. Examination of the wreckage and bodies revealed that both occupants were partially clothed and the front right seat was in the full aft reclining position.  Neither body showed evidence of seatbelts or shoulder harnesses being worn.
The NTSB determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot in command's improper in-flight decision to divert her attention to other activities not related to the conduct of the flight.



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2.)  JATO (Jet-Assisted Takeoff)...’67 Chevy-Style
Now debunked as urban legend, this story is nevertheless the most popular Darwin Award of all time.  Presumably, a moron strapped a military JATO rocket to his '67 Chevy Impala, lit it off, and vaporized on the side of a mountain at 300 mph.  The only piece of the machine not atomized was the rear bumper with a sticker that read, “Hows my driving?  Call 1-800-EAT-SHIT.”



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2.5)  "Serious Darwin Aviation Award Attempt EPIC FAIL!"
This dude shoulda won one, but FAILED!  (i.e., survived!)

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CARTOON COURTESY OF CAP'N AUX ;-)
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 3.)  "Flying while Intoxicated" . . . 
Or, "Hold my beer . . . watch THIS!"

After throwing down a few at a local pub, a Private Pilot hopped in his new Piper PA-32.  Without a proper preflight, he attempted to takeoff...with the gust lock still installed.  An anti-theft device, the Gust Lock freezes the control yoke full aft, mimicking a steep climb.  


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Climb steeply our hero did, according to witnesses going "straight up in the air like an acrobat," followed by, "a nose dive."


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4.) DB Cooper and his fans...
While infamous hijacker DB Cooper probably perished during his night jump out of a Boeing 727 into a -60° ice storm over Oregon, he has had his share of imitators.

Not to be outdone, in May, 2000, skyjacker Reginald Chua jumped out of Philippine Air Flight 812 A330...with a homemade parachute.  When our skyjacking ace chickened out at the last minute, a flight attendant helpfully pushed him out!  His body was found buried in the mud 4 days later.

When asked at a press conference why he was allowed to board the flight with a parachute, the Philippine Air spokesman replied nonchalantly, "Many passengers board our planes with parachutes."
—More info on this at Wikipedia
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4.5) D.B. Cooper Wannabe Redux...sorta...
(Darwin Award Epic Failure!...er, Success! er...?!)
 His world crashing around him, financial consultant Marcus Schrenker opted for a bailout. A bail out of his plane, that is.

 Attempting to fake his own death, Schrenker made an emergency distress call from his Piper Meridian, then parachuted out, leaving it to crash.

Scrambled to assist, Jet fighters reported the door open and no evidence of a pilot aboard.  Authorities quickly caught on, and nabbed the wannabe Darwinian within 3 days.
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Charged with willful destruction of an aircraft and knowingly and willfully communicating a false distress message, he was sentenced to 51 months in prison and fined nearly 1 million dollars.


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5.) Sling Blade's a genius compared to these two...

 Casualties: 2 fatal.  A "crack" father and son lawn mowing team (or maybe they were high on crack) at Tucumcari, NM airport decided they were good enough to fly a plane on their own—without a lick of training.  


After successfully refueling a plane and taking off, they quickly found that even the simplest Cessna has a few more controls than the most sophisticated Toro.  (Flight path strikingly similar to #3, above.)


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—Quote by the inimitable Frank Zappa!

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6.) Let there be Lighter...
In 1981 A security guard at a California airport moonlighted as a gas thief by siphoning fuel from planes all night.


When one tank proved troublesome, said guard  peered into the gas tank to diagnose the problem, then lit a match...






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7.) What time is it, Captain?  It's Kaboom time! (Hamas terrorist style)...Or, Divine Retribution, Darwinian Style!

While not really aviation-related, I want to end with a bang—involving terrorist Darwin recipients!

Excerpt from article, too well-written to be monkeyed with:
A member of the military wing of Gaza’s ruling terrorist movement Hamas, who went by the name of Khalout Majid (until he went kaboom), died when a bomb he was guarding went off ...
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Would you like a ticket in Evolving...



Back in 1999, in Jerusalem, the switch away from Daylight Saving Time raised havoc with Palestinian terrorists. The Palestinians refused to live on “Zionist Time,” with dire consequences:
At precisely 5:30 PM on Sunday, September 5, 1999, two coordinated car bombs exploded in different cities, killing three terrorists who were transporting the bombs. . . 


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...or De-volving?








. . . the bombs had been prepared in a Palestine-controlled area, and set to detonate on Daylight Saving Time. But the confused drivers had already switched to Standard Time... As a result, the cars were still en-route when the explosives detonated, removing the terrorists from humanity’s genetic considerations.


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In fairness to our poor Dead Terrorists, I'll allow one of them to speak out here, on behalf of himself and his fellow deceased Jihadians...

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2013 Updates!

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While I found it challenging to find aviation-related Darwin updates for this year, here's a couple gems I thought you'd enjoy!


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1.) LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! IT'S A...PLANK!

Excerpt from Darwin.com: "'Planking' is the peculiar wit of lying flat as a plank in unusual locations--train tracks, fire hydrants, clotheslines--and posting public photographs, spreading joy.

"This Australian craze had infected poor Mr. Acton B., a (former) planking enthusiast who was not aware that Balconies Are The #1 One Cause of Gravity-Fed Darwin Awards.
"Not knowing he was doomed to repeat the lesson...

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"Camera ready, the 20-year-old stretched himself out face-down on the railing, arms by his sides, stiff as a plank, balanced. Down he fell. Descent of man."

(Note: this occurred in 2011. Apparently there's a 2-year lag in locating and confirming Darwin Award recipients!)


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1.5) IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANK! IT'S A TWERK! A TWERK?

It appears that the Planking fad has "jumped the shark," as it were, and now "Twerking" (Urban Dictionary: Twerk—The rhythmic gyrating of the lower fleshy extremities in a lascivious manner with the intent to elicit sexual arousal or laughter in one's intended audience) is all the rage.


Here's an epic vid that's gone so viral you probably have seen it...but boy did this girl Work 'n Twerk at earning a Darwin! Sadly, her sorely singed derrière did not qualify, as she survived to tell the tale.

But her performance is—shall we say—incendiary!


Finally . . .
In keeping with our morbid aviation theme, here's a link to Strange and Unusual Aircraft Accidents, from planecrashinfo.com.
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 They are not necessarily funny . . . but they are pretty dang bizarre!

Bonus:
Here's a fun li'l video of some quite telling aviation "oopsie!" pics.  It's entitled, "Bad Day at the Airport"—the title sez it all!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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Related Cap'n Aux Posts

Related Links
  • Gremline, an online aviation safety digest, examining lessons from dumb pilots...
  • Sadly, even professional pilots need to be culled from the herd from time to time... 
  • Additional Wikipedia link...
  • Urban Legends--multiple Darwin Award links, and debunks 
  • Get the book, "Darwin Awards: Evolution in Action," at Amazon.com (and don't forget to order My Books while you're there, LOL!)

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LINED UP & WAITING
Departing the 1st week of November
Blogging in Formation Week!
Posts all week by your favorite aviation bloggers!
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This month's Theme: Aviation History!
Cap'n Aux post: November 1 at 00:30 PHX

Hotlinks to sites:
Flight to Success - Karlene Petitt 
House of Rapp - Ron Rapp
Airplanista - Dan Pimentel
Smart Flight Training - Andrew Hartley
iFLYblog - Brent Owens

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HOLDING SHORT
Departing November 13
The Top 10 Downers of an Airline Pilot Career
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Hey, it ain't all fun and games, you know!
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PREFLIGHTING
Departing November 20

Only the Shadow knows!
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17 comments:

  1. Ahhhh...the Darwin Awards - or how I don't want to live like the other half!! :) Always there to give the rest of us a good laugh :) Thanks!!!

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    1. Yes, we get to laugh and feel superior all at the same time. What's not to like! Thanks for the comment, Mark!

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    2. Mark's got great plane spotting photos at:

      http://amateuravphoto.blogspot.com

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  2. Too funny Eric! I love it. I about chocked on my Starbucks, narrowly missing spitting it on the screen of my new MacBook Pro - I series transgression indeed!
    Keep up the good work and hope to see ya this week.
    Brent

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    1. Haha that's what I aim for--spitting Starbucks on the screen--my day is complete! :D

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    2. Brent's got two great blogs!
      iflyblog.com
      flxedwingbuddha.com

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    1. Haha glad you like Izdiher! Hope things are well in Pakistan! ;-)

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    2. Follow Izdiher's fabulous blog from Pakistan! at:

      http://izdiher.blogspot.com

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  4. These are all hilarious, but this comment made my day...

    "When asked at a press conference why he was allowed to board the flight with a parachute, the Philippine Air spokesman replied nonchalantly, "Many passengers board our planes with parachutes.""

    Hilarious! They should include that quote in a future advertisement. Ringing endorsement.

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    1. Too funny Brad, that's my favorite line also. I mean, who the heck says that, LOL!

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    2. Follow Brad at: http://airlinepilotchatter.com

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  5. These are a riot!! Thanks for the inflight entertainment on my way to Austin!

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    1. Haha Karliene that's my loftiest goal: be the inflight entertainment! :D

      karlenepetitt.blogspot.com

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  6. Haha soo funny!

    Post made my day!
    -Swayne

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    1. Glad you liked it, Swayne!

      Good to see you visiting from over at martinsaviation.blogspot.com!

      All the best bloggers checking in today! ;-)

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  7. Hi there!!! hillarious post...you made my day! Found you through Izdiher

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