From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dickey Bradley F) Organization: Bryn Mawr College Date: 26 Mar 94 12:19:58 PST References: 1 2 Followups: 1 2
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In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Yip) writes: > > >It seems to me that in recent years more engines are falling/tearing >off from 747s than before. Here is a recent article (AW&ST 3/14/94) >related to another incident in Tokyo: > > The aircraft's landing was normal, but after several > hundred yards its No. 1 engine fell foward and skidded > on the ruway for about 1,000 yards. A fire broke > out that damanged the wing, but the situation was not > deemed serious enough by the cockpit crew to order > emergency evacuation of the 228 passengers and 18 crew. > Instead they used mobile stairways. > I remember the Business Week article over the summer about this little problem (It was mentioned on this group, so I daresay the archives should list the date, etc - I know it was during June/July 93 sometime..) The article mentioned that this was bad, particularly if the inboard engines went missing, since they tend to take the outboard engines with them. The question is, if an engine falls off a plane during flight, is that an automatic downer for the aircraft, or are there certain admissible scenarios? If an outboard engine falls off a 747 in flight, can the aircraft recover? Shortly after reading the Business Week article, I made personal note of the 'swaying engine pods' phenomenon on a PIA flight to Lahore. It really is rather disconcerting if you don't know what is going on. Does anyone know what degree of freedom they have - is it just in a single dimension perpendicular to the fuselage longtitudinal axis, or can they move back and forth as well? Are there any clean functions that describe the movement, or is it erratic? Terry? Brad_.