From: email@example.com (Philip M. Chuang) Organization: Merit Network, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI Date: 22 Jul 94 12:44:02 References: 1 2 3
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>Something similar happened in the 1950s on one of Eastern's Lockheed >Electras shortly after it had departed Boston's Logan Airport ... I'm >not certain of the details, but as I recall it was several years before >the truth came out. Decades ago Eastern lost an Electra at Boston Logan due to a stall. Investigations later revealed that the chain of events leading to the accident started when the the pin which locked the pilot's seat on the rail broke. The mechanic fabricated a pin out of wire instead of replacing it with a real part. When the Electra took off, seagulls strucks one (maybe two) of the engines. The plane was losing the little attitude it had, and the attitude was decreasing as well. The pilot tried to rescue the plane by pulling back his control column. Just then the pin under his seat must have broken, sending the seat, with the pilot strapped in, toward the rear. The pilot held on to the control column and tipped the nose up until the plane stalled.