Your spot-on; at every point! It's a given that no problem can be fixed until it's recognized/acknowledged....and we're not even close!! And.....with Fox's Murdock/Aile's propaganda mis-information machine that's the order of the day. It's shameful how we've been dumbed-down..... going all the way back to the '80s!
As for Cuba, I've been there recently and certainly corroborate other's comments. The place is a time-warp mess of crumbling buildings and trashed infrastructure w/a cop every 100 yards (reminiscent of Spain/Portugal in the 50s/60s). Contrast that to the bay/dock area and you find 5 star hotels and a harbor full of million dollar yachts; none of which have any Cubans; except as servants! Poignant observation; no "fat" people in Cuba and except for waiters; nobody talks OR smiles. Sad! Even in the days of Franco, in Spain, you could go to a bar/restaurant and meet the locals. Not so in Cuba...the only locals you'll meet "openly" are waiters, taxi drivers, etc. (and, of course
Gotcha Toby! You-all, Yall, Y'all...it's "all" OK w/me as long as you don't say "youins"!! Joking aside....I hope the young pilot comes out of this OK. Pilot error often seems to be at the top of the "conjecture" list; especially from other pilots!In this case,absent injurys, I suspect it will basically be an insurance thing rather than an in depth FAA deal. But who knows? I still marvel that he plunked that thing down w/out hurting anyone! Cheers
A number of you have referenced the lack of flaps. I have no answer; but a question. Does that model have elec actuated/activated flaps? The Cessna's I've flown all did. If so, and if he had no elec, he would have had no flaps. Just another area I'm sure they will look into e.g.,gen.(or alternator),bat.,connections,service, etc. It's been a joy exchanging thoughts and reading the various comments from you-all (yes I'm in Texas)Cheers
Conjecture can be fun; and even enlightening...when it leads to FACTS. But the facts at this point are pretty much nil! However some things are apparent: the landing was hard;note the fuselage droop and short roll-out prior to flipping over. BUT...apparently not hard enough to cause ANY injuries even though they ended up-side down! Looks like he "pan-caked" into the ground causing the gear to absorb most of the energy resulting in a rapid descelleration and subsequent less-than-violent flip! The pilot could have done much worse: stall/fall in a last minute searching for the BEST landing site,die by 18 wheeler on the free-way,etc. As to viz....looks CAVU to me? About carb ice; it's temp vs humidity....never just one or the other; and it can happen at any OAT when the spread is less tha 2.5 degrees. As to the flare....I think you just may be spot-on! I know this may be archaic...but my view is that w/engine failure: "any-injury-free-landing is a good landing"!I still say: cut 'im some sl
I addressed all that Phil in my response to Jason earlier. Actually w/no snow and a "flat spot" he would have simply landed! Over??
Certainly no one would disagree your last sentence: "could've been much worse"!