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AIM 

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3.  Ditching Procedures 

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Single Swell (15 knot wind) 

Double Swell (30 knot wind) 

SWELL

SWELL 

DITCHING

HEADING 

WIND 

PRIMARY 
SWELL 

PRIMARY 
SWELL 

SECONDARY 
SWELL 

SECONDARY 
SWELL 

WIND 

DITCHING

HEADING 

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(50 knot wind) 

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Double Swell (15 knot wind) 

PRIMARY 
SWELL 

PRIMARY 
SWELL 

SECONDARY 
SWELL 

SECONDARY 
SWELL 

HEADING 

WIND

DITCHING 

SWELL

SWELL 

WIND

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IN

Aircraft with low landing speeds - land into the wind. 

Aircraft with high landing speeds - choose compromise 

heading between wind and swell. 

Both - land on back side of swell. 

Distress and Urgency Procedures 

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