LOT Airlines pilots have the reputation of being some of the best pilots in the world. Many of them are sailplane pilots and, once again, are highly repected as being among the best.
This pilot happens to be a sailplane pilot.
He just took it home on a beautiful glide.
Memo to self — when boarding plane, ask pilot how many hours he has in a sailplane.
(Sullenberger(?) was a sail plane pilot, too, wasn’t he?)
OK Guys, sailplane flying is great stick and rudder work, but heck, his engines were still running. Not much different in that landing other than his gear wasn’t down, so he sank about 8 ft more. Every airline pilot would have done as well (adrenalin notwithstanding).
The interesting question is: What failure results in a B767 not deploying any one of the 3 landing gear? Did the gear handle break? Not many single point failures in that operation.
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