Pilot Shows Off His Amazing Skills As He Lands Plane With Malfunctioning Gear

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Published: June 30, 2014

U.S. Marine Corps Capt. William Mahoney, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 263 (Reinforced) 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), AV-8B Harrier aircraft pilot, talks about his experience during a controlled landing after his front landing gear malfunctioned on his aircraft aboard the USS Bataan at sea, June 7, 2014.

Elements of the 22nd MEU, embarked aboard Bataan, are operating in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to augment U.S. Crisis Response forces in the region.

After the nose gear on this AV-8B Harrier malfunctioned shortly after takeoff, Capt. William Mahoney had to execute a Vertical Landing on the top deck of the USS Bataan using a modified padded stool.

In the video, Capt. Mahoney explains that he knew the aircraft is experiencing a problem shortly after taking off, so he radioed the ship and flew past the control tower at 300 feet, hoping they would be able to assess the issue from afar. Since this was not such a case, the Captain had to land the 46-foot-long, 31,000-pound jet with an improvised procedure, where he had to support the nose of the Harrier on a padded stool, built specifically for such an emergency. He says he couldn’t see the stool, but he knew it was there. The deck had been evacuated, in the event of the jet crashing.

Credit to the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

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    GETFSHN · 31 weeks ago

    You sir are an example of how the USAF, US Marines, US Navy, and US Army Pilots are trained. Great landing. U are a credit to your unit. Sonny Covin B25 Pilot.

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    DorothyShea · 28 weeks ago

    Congrats, Capt. Mahoney, on a jaw-dropping, spot-on, picture-perfect landing. Your skills, and calm wits are admirable.

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    NRHTX · 28 weeks ago

    Amazing pilot.

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    Phil_Cooper · 27 weeks ago

    It looked as if the "stool" was in such a position that the ground crew were probably able to lower the gear manually after that pinpoint landing and simply roll the jet off the flight deck to the elevator.

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    Noel · 7 weeks ago

    My uncle Lt Colonel Andy Boquet had to crash land his Harrier when it overheated during an airshow with the Blue Angels many many years ago ... he got out of it with a broken nose. I didnt realize they still used Harriers ... very cool.. you did a great job!

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    Infinity · 4 weeks ago

    Why is the stool only wide enough to accomodate a pin-point landing? Why not make something 10' wide to allow for margin or error?