From: email@example.com (Dennis Chamberlin) Organization: Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, OR. Date: 17 Mar 93 23:14:45 PST References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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In article <airliners.1993.242@ohare.Chicago.COM> firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >Can large airliners safely land in water in case of an emergency? It's not at all safe, but it has been done. >If so, will they float? Have there been cases? Not for long. The only case I am aware of where an airliner full of pax was ditched (controlled touchdown on the water) was a Boeing Stratocruiser in the North Pacific, perhaps in the early 50's. Partly due to excellent navigation and communications, a brilliant rescue was completed, I believe without the loss of a single life. I believe it lost an engine (as in "came off") and the remaining three could not overcome the drag. According to Gann's "Flying Circus", the state-of-the-art four-bladed props turned by the R-4360's turned out to be actually a touch beyond the state of the art. When they came apart, they took the entire engine with them.