A young lady student pilot found herself in a bit of a pickle this weekend when one of her wheels fell off her airplane. This is not desirable.
Piper PA-28 in distress. Reported as the right main gear wheel fell off the aircraft on departure. Pilot is a female student solo pilot. Flying orbits around Beverley Airport, North of Boston. Instructors in the tower assisting. Emergency services standing by.
I received my early flight training in a PA-28 Cherokee. It’s a nice airplane and very stable to fly. However, you’ll notice it’s a a low wing and the pilot cannot see the landing gear. The Cessna 150, which is another airplane commonly used for training, is a high wing and the landing gear is clearly visible.
One thing to realize here is that the pilot might not have known she’d lost a wheel. Another aircraft noticed the problem and notified the tower.
As tweets from well wishers began to come in, there was also this:
Ms. Bromley’s profile says she’s a “Recovering national communications/PR strategist. Full-time UBC undergrad studying political science with an interest in public policy. Look-out world!”
Look out world indeed! Do we have our priorities just a tad out of whack?
Back to the real world where real people are a whole lot more important than “gender references”!
Here is the Air Traffic Control audio.
ATC Audio part 2 of 4 Seventeen year old student solo pilot lost a wheel off her Piper PA-28 plane on departure from Beverly Airport near Boston earlier today. With coordination from Air Traffic Control and her instructor she landed safely with one wheel missing. https://t.co/FgG5DgNL79
ATC Audio part 4 of 4 Seventeen year old student solo pilot lost a wheel off her Piper PA-28 plane on departure from Beverly Airport near Boston earlier today. With coordination from Air Traffic Control and her instructor she landed safely with one wheel missing. https://t.co/0n3lxetnjp
Meet Maggie Taraska. 17 year old student pilot, on a solo flight, successfully landed her Piper PA-28 yesterday after losing a wheel on departure from Beverly Airport. Read #Maggie’s story and listen to ATC Audio in this thread above. ?WCVB/Beverly Airport
Student pilot Maggie Taraska has a lesson for us all: keep your wits about you and you can do almost anything. #wcvb https://t.co/OLQvOB5NcD