Video: Amazing River Bar Landing

Pilot uses water assisted landing technique to land on tiny island.

This video definitely fits into the "don't try this at home" category, unless, of course, you are a highly experienced bush pilot. The pilot managed to land and take off from a postage stamp gravel island in the middle of a river in Alaska, using water assisted landing technique.

The airplane touched down in the water a few feet before the island with what appear to be 29-inch tundra tires and came to a stop right in the middle of the small gravel bar. Shortly after it came to a full stop, the airplane took off, again dipping the tires in the river.

Landing on water with anything other than a seaplane is certainly not advisable, but it is a technique widely used by experienced bush pilots.

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