Crash (Re: Fastest airliner ?)

From:         "E.A. Singh" <>
Organization: Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK
Date:         08 Aug 95 01:45:09 
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John Carr ( said

>A few years ago an airliner (a 727?) was hijacked.  The hijacker shot
>the crew and the airplane did a power on dive into the ground.  I heard
>that it went supersonic in the last seconds.  I'm not sure whether to
>believe that -- 700 kts at low altitude is probably well above the
>structural limit.

I think maybe your thinking of that BAe 146 when the crew were shot dead
by the sole hijacker (a disgruntled ex-employee of the airline), resulting
in loss of control of the airliner at around 30,000 ft. I think as a result
also security was tightened at all US airports.