Incredible Video: “Stalling” a commercial airliner. (Family) (Readers) (TMYK) (Sound)
Hello lovely people! We are beginning to recover from a crash that lasted almost a week and a half – We thought perhaps the best thing to do was post something aviation related; You get it? Crash – Airplanes??? HAHA, whatever.
WOW! This plane stalls and rolls completely onto it’s back and begins to spin! (This was a controlled stall) Note, too, the Artificial Horizon in the top left) and the increasing wind noise as the plane accelerates.
Most people think that a “Stall” has something to do with the engines of an airplane (Thanks to movies). In 99 percent of cases, a “Stall” has nothing to do with the engines of a plane but the wings of an airplane. Stalls aren’t necessarily dangerous to aircraft operations and pilots are trained to deal with them.
To make a long story short, a “Stall” generally happens when the wing (Or wings) of an airplane stop generating lift, or the airflow over a plane’s wings has otherwise become disrupted (Rime Icing). When the wings of a plane stop generating the force necessary to hold an airplane in the sky (Lift), the plane “Stalls” and begins to fall out of the sky.
Another great example of this is icing. If a plane accumulates ice on it’s wings, the shape of the wings change as ice accumulates on them. Once the shape of the wing has changed, it’s ability to generate lift is affected that can lead to a stall. This is why aircraft are deiced in the winter time – Ice on the wings during a takeoff roll could lead to catastrophe.
Stalls can be incredibly dangerous at low altitudes because there may not be enough space in order to recover from one. Imagine the airplane above, being only being 1500 feet off of the ground (AGL – Above Ground Level). That kind of stall (And spin) would have killed everyone on board, simply because there wasn’t enough room in order to recover from the stalled condition.
The easiest way to to recover an airplane that has stalled is to stay calm, and to point the nose of the aircraft down so the wings can begin to generate lift again – Assuming you have the airspace required to recover from it.
There are many different kind of stalls – High speed stalls, low speed stalls, wing overs, spins, blah blah. If one wing stalls faster than the other wing, a plane can enter a spin, as you are seeing above which can become exponentially dangerous. Many pilots have been killed entering spins and stalls in low speed, low altitude flight, during the landing or the go around phase of flight.
The more you know, lovely people. 🙂 Have a wonderful Wednesday!