RedBull air race crash - Perth, Australia – 15 April 2010 - High speed water impact

What happens in this video ?

The Red Bull Air race is a well famous completion, featuring competitors who fly racer planes a few meters above ground at speeds of up to 250mph through inflatable pylons on mostly water courses.
On April 15, 2010 in Perth Australia, Brazilian pilot Adilson Kindlemann lost control of his aircraft after rounding a pylon during practice. The pilot managed a near wings level impact, tail first, but as the aircraft's fixed landing gear dug into the water, the aircraft flipped, leaving the pilot and the aircraft floating upside down in Perth's Swan River.
Thanks to the underwater emergency training completed by the pilot, and the rapidity of the rescuer to arrive at the crash scene and to extract the pilot from the plane, the pilot suffered only minor injuries.


Carl Hackert
Saratoga Springs, Ny

Lucky guy... or perhaps, what happens here is the quick thinking and reactions of the pilot so that the inverse of the old cliche "luck becomes skill" applies.
27th April, 2010