My late father used to tell a story about a plane needing to land on the carrier HMS Khedive, during WW2, that had no hook to catch the arrester cables. After much discussion about how to stop it, it was decided, 'Right. As soon as it touches down, we all rush out and jump on it. That should stop it.' I've put together a small slideshow, available at http://www.myverdict.net that contains a photograph of the actual incident. No health and safety restrictions in them days, when'Ships were made of wood...etc.'