From a reader: Analysis of the crash of flight HOG 243

“From an aeronautical engineering perspective, I think I see where they miscalculated:
Clearly, there is sufficient runway length, The length of declination, supported the the rate of rise (imperative for a near -vertical take off), as well as the lift-assist structure, appear to be well within industry standards for heavy/cargo aircraft operations. Based upon the very slight movement of the trees, she was facing into the wind which, combined with downward acceleration, structural and wind lift assist, was optimum conditions for take-off, There was a slight amount of water accumulated at the end of the runway, but it did not adversely affect take-off at that point, because the wide-bodied craft was partially airborne.
A detailed inspection and analysis of the crash site, specifically relative to the distance of take-off and non-recoverable ground contact, ascertained the presence of extensive deep, and long, burrows, which originated at the point of contact and continued until terminal movement.
Although the craft was outfitted with a highly buoyant (FFA/USCG approved) nose gear ring, it was improperly matched, as the weight of the craft far exceeded the buoyancy capabilities. thus dislodging from the craft shortly after impact. However, the shore-mounted airbag safety device deployed properly, thus preventing the craft from entering the actual water.
Following a comprehensive investigation and forensic analysis, it was determined the crash of flight ‘HOG243’ was not caused by mechanical failure, even though the improperly sized nose ring may have contributed to additional damage to the aircraft. Based upon all reports, especially the logs of the crew, it is clear the pilot failed to verify the actual weight of the craft, prior to take-off, and relied upon the weight provided on an outdated/flawed document (i.e. drivers license), which was grossly understated. Accordingly, and in spite of the presence of some of the most superior technological advantages available to modern aviation, the mass of the ass far exceed the lift of the grass”

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