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Author Topic: Military Fighters chasing Private Plane with Unconscious Pilot (just happened)  (Read 17495 times)

Offline av8tor172

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Shortly before 1200 EDT today I started hearing comms on both 260.900 & 228.900 MHz between LUCKY 01 and STALK ?? regarding an unconscious pilot in a private plane.

They were following a plane with a pilot who appeared to be unconscious. The attached recording is of the fighter telling NORAD (HUNTRESS) they he can see the pilots chest moving and hope he regains consciousness as the plane descends. 

As luck would have it, the fighter aircraft (not sure if its LUCKY or STALK) had to RTB because he was having an oxygen system problem.

Lat/long that were given puts this near the Bahamas.  Also the fighters were told they couldn't proceed south of 24 N Lat. (Cuban Airspace??)

I do not know the outcome, comes weren't the best, I'm surprised I heard what I did due to the distance.

George - Daytona Beach
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Offline docqualizer

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Last I saw via CNN and other media outlets, the plane crossed over Southeastern Cuba and is now over the Caribbean Sea.

Some outlets reported one person appeared to be responsive, but reports from military escort planes say both occupants of the plane are unconscious.

Sounds like this is going to be another Payne Stewart situation.

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Breaking News - the plane crashed on the island of Jamaica a short time ago.  U.S. Coast Guard is on the way...
« Last Edit: September 05, 2014, 02:55:36 PM by docqualizer »

Offline t3hwookie90

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I would really like to hear the MIL comms if there is a recording of it. This is not the outcome any of us hoped for. RIP

Offline Rick108

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Here is the clearance and departure from KROC.  I lost the flight after it was handed off to Cleveland Center on 127.47, no coverage.

Offline mrbaudio

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Here is the Atlanta center recording of their last radio transmission.  Pilot on N900KN initially asks to descend due to "an indication that is not correct in the plane"

Thoughts and prayers to the families of all onboard.  Looks like a relaxed weekend trip to FL, gone wrong.  RIP.


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http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Farchive-server.liveatc.net%2Fkgso%2FZTL-GSO-Sep-05-2014-1400Z.mp3&h=0AQHEd3uh

Comm with N900KN start at about 2:25

Around the 15 minute mark is when they started having trouble communicating. Sad stuff...

Offline blakepilot

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As a pilot, this stuff is so scary.  Pilot knew he had a problem, but hypoxia got him before he took the simple step of just putting on his o2 mask.  If he would have just done that simple thing at the first indication, this wouldn't have been anything more than another clip.

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AOPA article: TBM owner’s group chair crashes after becoming unresponsive

Related "safety alert" they issued: Safety alert: Learn hypoxia signs.

Sad stuff indeed.

Offline Tjodalv43

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I was airborne when they intercepted him and could hear the chatter on 121.5. At first I was like, oooh an intercept, somebody just got busted! But then they started yelling at him to descend then to wake up and I knew it probably wasn't going to end well. Very sad indeed. :-(

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My regards to lost pilot and passengers.....and family/// my prayers to them... :-(

Offline av8tor172

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I would really like to hear the MIL comms if there is a recording of it. This is not the outcome any of us hoped for. RIP

The only audio I got was what I posted in the first message of this thread.  Due to the distance I was lucky to get that much.  That would be the audio of the Fighter pilot commenting on the pilots chest moving.  That audio as well as LiveATC's ATC audio was on all the major news outlets last night....

Back to searching for more comms....I just need more scanners...

George
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Offline neurotech

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AOPA article: TBM owner’s group chair crashes after becoming unresponsive

Related "safety alert" they issued: Safety alert: Learn hypoxia signs.

Sad stuff indeed.
The sad part is that this could have been avoided with the right safety equipment.

Sp02 (Oxygen Saturation) sensors which go on the fingertip have been used by fighter pilots most notably in the F-22. They start at around $50 and available online.

Similarly, a "pocket" cabin pressure alarm would provide added protection if standard cockpit alarm doesn't. This wouldn't be expensive either. I'd go as far as suggesting the unit that automatically "pings" 243 MHz emergency if cabin altitude goes above FL180. This would alert ATC and hopefully avoid a deadly crash.

Also, they could integrate cabin altitude alarm into ADS-B transponder, providing direct warning to ATC, if the pilot doesn't advise an emergency.