101 – Transmitting without a receiver

Posted by  Anecdote International —March 30, 2021
Filed in Anecdotes, Communication, Podcast

Are you receiving the messages that could help you avert disaster? Listen to hear Mark share a story that illustrates the importance of listening. 

Mark at aircraft crash site

Welcome back to another episode of Anecdotally Speaking! This week, Mark shares a story from his time in the airforce.

The story describes how a design fault caused a Macchi jet trainer to crash at the RAAF Base Pearce. Mark often uses the story to encourage others to ‘stop transmitting and start listening’.

The above image was taken on the day of the crash, and that’s Mark in the centre!

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Tags: aircraft, communication, design

This story starts at 01:12

In April 1988, Mark was in Western Australia working in the airforce. One day, a Macchi jet trainer crashed shortly before it was due to land at the RAAF Base Pearce. The pilot had safely ejected, but the aircraft was destroyed.

Mark took a team out to recover the aircraft and soon found himself talking to the crash investigator. He described a design fault that had caused the accident.

The relight button, which would relight the engine should a flameout occur, was next to the aircraft’s radio transmit button. The pilot had been flying low and slow when a flameout occurred. The pilot pressed the relight button repeatedly, or so he thought.

He had his finger on the transmit button. So, the base’s air controllers could hear his panicked exclaims. They yelled through the radio, “Get your finger off the transmit button!” But, because he was transmitting, he couldn’t hear them.

The design fault had kicked in, and he ejected. The aircraft was lost.

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