- Dec 15, 2020
- ELA07S and Montgomerie Bensen (project)
- Total Flight Time
Hi Tyger,I suggest that, far from being "next to useless", the lap belt probably prevented you from being thrown from the aircraft, which could obviously have been catastrophic.
You imply that a 4-point restraint would have prevented your arm from being broken. Can you explain how it might have done so?
My passenger in the rear seat escaped without a scratch in my crash. I whacked my right shoulder, arm and head on the ground and my cheat on the dash and was thrown to the other side when the gyro tumbled, hitting my left shoulder on the ground where we came rest. If I had the benefit of a 4-point seat belt, I would not have been thrown beyond the hull of the gyro and might have avoided breaking my arm. The 4-point seat belt my rear passenger was using kept him within the confines of the gyro hull and he collided with nothing and avoided injury. I have heard several stories of pilots in fixed wing incidents who attribute their walking away from wrecks to the use of 4-point seat belts.
I fully agree with WaspAir's point about the risk of "submarining out of the 4-point seat belt. The 4-point seat belt is still a good next best choice.
When I get a chance I will do a separate post on how my accident happened and the why's.