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Old 08-21-2017, 07:52 PM
Flandy10 Flandy10 is offline
 
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Default RV-8 Down in SC (8/21/17)

The Falcon RV squadron out of PTC launched a 6+1 formation to KCUB to join EAA Chapter 242's solar eclipse party. This would be an exciting day--little did we know .

Nearing the halfway point I hear on our enroute frequency:

-"Threes got an engine failure".

Lead: "seriously?"

Reply: "Greese is engine out".

Being the +1 of this formation, I'm 1 mile in trail watching this all unfold.
N628GR had suffered a catastrophic case failure with engine seizure and was deadsticking from 7500ft into rural SC. We were flying above a scattered layer, so the entire flight disappeared quickly as they followed him down. The next few minutes were very tense.

Then the call comes up-- Down safe. Relief He had deadsticked onto a small county road surrounded by trees and rough fields--safely--not a scratch.

Now how do you help someone in an area you're not familiar with- a very smart young man in another plane used Foreflight and a map program to find the county road and call 911. When the call dropped, 911 replied with a text, he sent back the location via text. Help was on the way.

Before continuing to KCUB, I made one last pass and saw that two police cars and fire trucks were on the scene--He was in good hands. Meanwhile, one squadron member diverted to Augusta, picked up a rental car, retrieved our downed airman and passenger, and I stopped at KDNL on the way back to return all members to base before the day ended. Mission accomplished.

N628GR was transported via flatbed and now sits tied down at S19 unharmed except a severely cracked engine case.

Greese did a fabulous job! See photos on pg2.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:11 PM
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Default Safe Engine out Landing.

Just very happy this had a great outcome thanks to the skill of the pilot & a dose of good luck.
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:49 PM
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Glad he's okay, and the airplane is undamaged!
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:13 PM
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I read this anticipating bad news and was pleasantly surprised there was a good outcome. Replacing an engine is not a cheap or fun job but is the best possible outcome in this situation. Nice piloting skills and support from those traveling with him.
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Old 08-21-2017, 09:21 PM
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Default Greg Reese

This is my old bird so I'm glad Greg and his passenger are alright. Also glad the bird is ok too. Greg is an excellent pilot and if anyone could get that bird down without a scratch, it would be him.
Good news indeed! Thanks for the post.
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Old 08-22-2017, 04:51 AM
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Hey Greese! What's it going to take to get you to stay in formation?


BTW good job.
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:53 AM
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if i ever have to put a plane down on a road it would be in a rv with its short wing span. great job done. best plane out there for so many reasons.
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Old 08-22-2017, 05:56 AM
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WOW Greese---SOOOOO glad you are ok, and excellent job on getting the bird down. UH, is the warranty out on the Titan engine?
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:18 AM
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Good job Greese!
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Old 08-22-2017, 06:37 AM
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Default Relief

I read the title: RV-8 down in SC and I felt my stomach tighten up. Oh no...not again. Not another RVer down. Then to my delight, I read how professionals handle an in-flight emergency.
Well done gentlemen!
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