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Community support for those impacted by EPA plane crash

Original post made by Peter Carpenter, Atherton: Lindenwood, on Feb 17, 2010

This tragedy is a good opportunity for the citizens of the mid-peninsula to reach out to comfort the families of those who have died and their work colleagues and to do everything possible for the families in East Palo Alto whose homes were destroyed.

There is no need to wait for someone else to do this - we can do it now. I have set up a Google Community Support Group for people who want to self organize and help those impacted by today's tragedy. Anyone can join and anyone can set up a discussion and organize a sub effort.

Web Link

More thoughts about the crash and its impact on our fragile infrastructure:

As an instrument rated pilot and someone deeply involved in local disaster planning let me provide some early thoughts:

1 - YES, we do have a very complex and fragile infrastructure and today's power outage from this plane crash is a good reminder that we all need to be better prepared. There is very little redundancy in the high voltage electrical distribution system and the loss of this main line will cause a lot of disruption.

2 - as an instrument rated pilot who has flown many instrument departures from PAO here are my early thoughts:

a - it is too soon and inappropriate to speculate on the cause of this particular crash

b - the condition at PAO at 8 AM would have required the pilot to make an instrument departure using on board instruments to fly a very specific flight path and not relying on any outside visual references.

c - the standard and ALWAYS followed instrument departure from PAO is "fly runway heading and turn to a heading of 060 within 1 mile"

which means fly an initial heading of 310 which would be well to the East of the crash site and then turn RIGHT towards the south bay.

d - twin engine planes require special training and skill to deal with the possibility of the failure of one of the engines - such a failure would cause the plane to want to veer sharply in the direction of the failed engine. If, for example, the left engine fails then the plane would veer to the left UNLESS the pilot took corrective action. ON takeoff when the plane is at full power this problem is much more severe.

More to follow when more is known - feel free to ask questions.

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Posted by Just Wondering
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:44 pm

"feel free to ask questions"

Yea, Pete: How come this is posted here, but not on the PA Weekly forum, which would make more sense.

Perhaps because that's not who you're trying to impress here???


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 18, 2010 at 6:30 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Just Wondering asks:"How come this is posted here, but not on the PA Weekly forum, which would make more sense."

It was posted on the PA Weekly forum FIRST and then posted here primarily because the PA Weekly does not serve the EPA area - and also to give concerned MP and Atherton citizens the opportunity to help make a difference.

Posted by petercarp, a resident of Atherton, 17 hours ago
petercarp is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online

I have set up a Google Community Support Group for people who want to self organize and help those impacted by today's tragedy. Anyone can join and anyone can set up a discussion and organize a sub effort.

Web Link


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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 18, 2010 at 6:33 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Also, I would note that EPA is in our county, they are our neighbors and MP and Atherton were essentially untouched by this tragedy.

I look for to Just Wondering joining the Google Community Support Group and actually making a difference on behalf of Menlo Park.


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