Watch: What Happens When Pilot Misses Landing on Aircraft Carrier

What Happens When Pilot Misses Landing on Aircraft Carrier
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Curious about what happens when a pilot misses the landing on the Aircraft Carrier? When a pilot misses the landing on an aircraft carrier, the consequences can be dire.

The aircraft may crash into the water, resulting in destruction and potential loss of life.

In fortunate cases, the pilot may eject before the crash, but this is not always possible.

Additionally, the plane may collide with the carrier’s deck, causing extensive damage that necessitates expensive repairs and jeopardizes operations.

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So you might be wondering what factors causes the pilot to miss landing on an aircraft carrier?

The first factor is the carrier’s high speed and constant movement. While wind conditions can make controlling the plane difficult.

The small size of the carrier deck adds complexity, leading to misjudgment of distances.

Furthermore, the immense pressure on pilots to land safely can lead to rushed landings or errors in judgment.

Whether it be a bad angle or an uncontrolled descent. An easy fix would be to just pull up again and do another circuit.

A “bolter” is an aircraft that fails to engage the wire on the deck with its hook. In this scenario, the pilot would still have the speed, thrust, and the remaining deck to take off again – like a touch-and-go. 

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