Red Bull’s daring stunt doesn’t end as planned
Energy drink company Red Bull is famous for sponsoring bold waterfalls. However, on April 24, 2022, the in-flight “plane swap” by a pair of experimented pilots and skydiving masters promised to be like no other witnessed. Although widely-publicized the event didn’t go as planned, the stuntmen – cousins Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington – luckily emerged unscathed.
Red bulls”bold challenge” involved Aikins and Farrington taking off in two Cessna 182 single-seat planes. Upon reaching a altitude 14,000 feet, the experimented paratroopers were jumping and trying to take control of each other’s planes. The complex maneuver required men to catch falling planes before they reached 4,000 feet, to get away air brake systems, restart engines and land safely.
To help them reach the risky task, the planes were fitted with special autopilot systems designed to keep them on course. trajectories. The planes also had larger airbrakes and tires to slow the pace of descent and allow paratroopers to catch up with them.
Aikins and Farrington had completed the heart trick several times before the final attempt. However, things didn’t go so well on Sunday. Aikins managed to catch his plane. But Farrington’s plane, which quickly spiral out of control on a descent spin, impossible to catch, forcing the stuntman to parachute on the ground. The plane – which also deployed a parachute – crashed shortly afterwards in the Arizona desert.
Although disappointed that the stunt did not go as planned, the two men are grateful returned safe and sound. “All the numbers matched…everything should have been good to go,” Farrington said. “For some reason it wasn’t like that, but at the end of the day we’re both here, we’re both ready to go. Everyone is safe and I guess it’s okay. ‘is the important part.”
The failed plane swap attempt is now investigation by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). It turns out that FAA officials had refuse organizers request to allow planes to fly unmanned and asked them to include a second pilot. As this was clearly not the case, these involved could face Punishment.
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