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Watch as Piper Malibu slams into snowbank at Courchevel Altiport

Watch as the pilot of thise Malibu Piper slams into a snowbank after being unable to bring the aircraft to a stop at Courchevel Altiport in the French Alps. ( More...

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My 2 cents is: tires don’t squeal on ice and he was hauling ass.
I'll give you one cent as most of the things way still looks dryish.
Holy typo hell. Most of the runway*
joel wiley 7
Somebody went skiing a little earlier than anticipated. Call this one a ski excursion.
s s 6
I would have just yanked on the parking brake to perform an instant 180, then firewalled the throttle thereby affecting reverse thrust to bring the plane to a gentle stop. Sounds legit.
I believe the pilot must have landed at least half way up the runway. I have landed there and while it is only 1750 ft as I recall, it is a very steep upgrade and he was going very fast as he came over the apex. Glad that nobody appears to have been hurt.
Chris B 5
Stopping is always a problem when you carry too much speed.
alex hidveghy 3
And land long. On a notorious runway. You need to be “in the slot” or go-around. Simple.
Tom Pera 4
was a controller at So Lake Tahoe airport... 6200 feet elevation, 8600" runway... with storm approaching wind and turbulence over runway intense... Harrah's BAC111 landed in these conditions hit a snow berm and broke a wing.. Earl Scheib's son (I'll paint any car for $29.99) tried to land a Beech 18 under storm conditions... after porpoising on his first 2 attempts (then going around) he finally crashed into a snow bank on 3rd try.. nobody hurt in either accident... crash every 2 weeks in summer-downdrafts density altitude... mountain airports a challenge
Landed long and probably had a pretty high groundspeed at that elevation?
Bill Babis 7
Right seat, "We're a little high aren't WE?" Left seat, "Yeah, good thing we're fast."
Jerry Minor 3
That won't buff out.
themold 4
Better call MAACO!
Bill Babis 2
They're definitely F'd-GUYZ. The plane that flew them in is not going to fly them out.
Duane Osman 2
How long before airbags in the passenger compartment?
sharon bias 3
This airport is always in the top 10 scariest airports to land at in travel articles, so I'm not surprised there was an accident. It's number 9 in this article.
john doe 1
Good grief - wasn't even close. With the speed he was carrying, going around would've been a snap.
paul gilpin -6
two things:

pilot: ho lee fck!
passenger(a blonde): golly gee that was fun. can we do it again!!!!!!!! (not a question)

with a registration like (registered F-GUYZ) , i'm thinking it is a man hating woman pilot.
joel wiley 3
Good that you are thinking... maybe.
The 'F' indicates that it is a French registration.
It may or may not be randomly selected.
If it was selected as you hypothesize, why would it be in English?
Perhaps this indicates more about your thought processes than the owners,
btweston 3
You don’t seem to have a whole lot of respect for women.
Fred Christensen -2
Beta reverse is very effective. Was this being used?
This one appears to be piston powered. Only turbine powered models have beta.
He was just too fast. Speed control is paramount on short runway, especially if at higher elevations.
Cansojr 1
Good point WALLACE24. As I understand that this airport requires landing training with an instructor. Courcheval demands a check ride to certify the qualifications lo land at this airport. You cannot just show-up and land. The Air Traffic authorities will deny you clearance to land. It really requires a turboprop to operate in an out the runway from hell.
alex hidveghy 2
Yes, even airline pilots require total familiarity and a check ride I n to difficult airports.
One I recall was Madeira(sp?) Funchal. There are many others. You gotta know what you’re doing.. it’s not a game.
I know nothing about the airport except what was in the post. It said 1750’. Red flag 1. I don’t know the elevation but surrounding terrain suggests not near sea level. Red flag 2. Red flag 3 is some runway contamination. We all know the difference between ias and tas at altitude.
I have a twin turbo single engine piston. Wouldn’t even consider it at light weight.
I’m sure you are spot on. Don’t know what the pilot was thinking especially if he had the training.


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