Floatplane landing accident


"This spectacular crash was included in the 1982 movie 'Mother Lode', starring Charleton Heston.  There is a neat story that goes along with this accident. We knew the pilot who was doing the flying for the movie and thought he'd be doing it all. However, the director knew a guy in California who flew for the movies and was also an aerobatic showman. He used to do an act with a man standing on his wing."

"Unfortunately, the pilot wiped him off one day during a performance but apparently this mishap didn't affect his ego or his reputation as a pilot and it was he who the director called upon to do this scene. Lake Lovely Water is about 4,800 feet elevation between Squamish and Whistler, BC, and it's a well-named small lake tucked into a high cliff with a spectacular waterfall at one end that billows and makes rainbows and has a steep drop-off at the other. Malcolm, our friend, was asked to run the Hollywood pilot through the technique needed for this landing for the scene."

"Mr. Hollywood pilot had no float plane time and wouldn't accept that flying an aircraft on floats was very different than flying wheels ... besides he was an aerobatic pilot with thousands of hours. Malcolm said the guy would not listen and dismissed him with a 'yeah, yeah.'  The bizarre 'landing' was so spectacular that they left it in the film. This film has been used at many a MOT instructional seminar The water landing is at the very beginning of the movie."

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