Crash Landing


I just got back to the island yesterday and boy did I grandstand my return. That’s me in the white shirt after a rather nervous landing at the Andros Airport. I knew we were in trouble when we came in for a landing and a warning buzzer went off. The pilot pulled up and said he had a problem with the nose gear going down. We circled for quite awhile while he tried to crank the nose gear down. He kept pumping on the handle but nothing was happening. It was apparent we had a broken hydraulic line.

There was only two of us on the plane besides the pilot. He told us to go way in the back, buckle up and hang on as he had no choice but to attempt a soft landing. We touched down very softly but when the nose went down, there we went nose grinding down the runway. My only fear was fire.

My hat is off to the pilot as he handled that emergency situation as well as any pilot could. He feathered the engines just before we touched down so the props would be horizontal and not spinning which would most likely started a fire. We finally came to a stop with the nose stuck in the dirt. The other passenger, who I was told was a Bahamian preacher blew out that door and ran like the devil himself was after him.

So now after my grand entry back on the island, it’s time to go fishing.


  1. Honestly, you will do anything for attention.

  2. Your shirt was white. I would bet your undergarments were not. I can promise you mine would not have been.

  3. My god Al, that had to have been quite the experience to say the least. Glad the outcome was ok. Wow.

  4. WOW!!!!!!!!!! That is all I can say. I’m glad the man up stairs was looking out for all of you. Hope everything went well with your family. I would change my shorts grab a beer and find a nice flat to relax on. Tight lines my friend!!

  5. You walked away from it. That’s the definition of a good landing, though a three point landing would have been superior. Nothing like a little excitement in life.

  6. tone the bone

    holy holy………….cant imagine what you guys went through. thank god your all safe.. now go catch some fish.

  7. Bad Ass AL!!! I had a single engine 2 wire landing on Nimitz once, but that is awesome!

  8. Al: I’m so glad you made it through that landing safely. I’ll be down there in another week and look forward to hearing about how many fish you’ve caught!

  9. Jason mentioned your scary landing, but at least a safe one!
    I’m sorry to hear about your brother – he was a nice guy.
    Jason keeps me posted – the best for you and your family

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