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Old Jul 29, 13, 10:34 am
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A minor issue, but getting back to the how the thread started and after watching the video, I would certainly classify this as a crash landing. When the plane lands uncontrollably, touching down with the nose gear first in a violent collision that forces the land gear up into wheel bay, and then skids down the runway in a shower of sparks, that's a crash landing vs. a mechanical malfunction (like stuck landing gear) which the pilots can prepare themselves and the passengers for and land in a controlled fashion. Even if the gear had collapsed as a result of a normal touchdown, that wouldn't have been pilot error. When a pilot loses control of an aircraft and slams it into the ground (whether directly pilot error or some extreme weather event), that's a crash.

Of course, as all pilots say, "Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing!"
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