From: David Lednicer <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 23 Nov 93 00:02:37 PST References: 1
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A similar thing happened with one of the first Bristol Britannias. On a demo flight for an airline (Eastern or KLM) they had an engine failure. Due to some sort of system quirk (one story) or flight engineer error (another story) when that engine was shut down, all four shut down. The pilot (Bill Pegg I believe) tried to glide back to Bristol, but had to put it down on the mudflats of the Severn river, short of the field. The aircraft was recoverable, but they didn't move fast enough and the tide came in and the aircraft was flooded with saltwater. Needless to say, the aircraft was a write-off and the accident was another nail in the aircraft's coffin (inlet icing was the biggest nail, besides being a turboprop). However, I do remember reading that the JAL DC-8 that put down in San Francisco bay short of SFO was recovered and brought back to flight status. The difference here might have been structural damage beyond what an AOG team could deal with. -Dave Lednicer Analytical Methods, Inc.