Gers. Engine fails, Air Force pilot lands urgently in field

Through David Saint-Sernin
Published on 17 Oct 21 at 16:32

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Captain Alexandre Orlowski, ex-world aerobatic champion, accompanied by a mechanic, was at the controls of an Extra 300 when it had to land in an emergency in a Gers field. (©Illustration/Wikimedia/Arpinston)

He was at the controls of an Extra 300 and joined his military base in Salon-de-Provence after an air meeting in Biarritz (Pyrénées Atlantiques).

The trip was going normally when the engine of his aircraft failed.

the captain Alexandre Orlowski, former world aerobatic champion, accompanied by a mechanic, had to land urgently in the countryside in the department of Gers, at the limit of the municipalities of Berdoues and Ponsampère.

Emergency landing

A rare event but more fear than harm in the end, said SIRPA Air in a press release.

Captain Alexandre Orlowski, former world aerobatic champion, faced “an engine failure which led him to make an emergency landing in a field near Mirande”

Air and Space Force Information and Public Relations Service

Find a field of the right size

The aircraft was damaged at the landing gear. But there were no injuries … An almost miracle at the end of a delicate maneuver:

“The pilot managed to find a field that had the right size, a little bit of slope too and he landed at the limits of the plane, that is to say those of ‘he flies or he falls », Detailed Sirpa Air.

The investigation was entrusted to the Accident Investigation Bureau for the Safety of State Aeronautics.


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