Second-guessing a pilots actions in an emergency is something we like to avoid, but every now and then we get an incident that serves up an experience we can all learn from. A couple of weeks ago, a Piper Malibu pilot was forced into a gear-up landing at San Jose, California. Firstly, no-one was hurt, which is surely the primary aim of any emergency actions. But there are a couple of things to note about this video. Watch as the aircraft is about to touch down. It hits the runway hard just after adopting a roll to the right. This indicates the speed of the approach was probably too slow. The other thing is that if you call for the ARFF team to foam the runway, there seems little point in not hitting the foam. Those two things aside, the main aim of the exercise was achieved.

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