Re: 747 forced ocean landings -- survival odds

From: (Terrell D. Drinkard)
Organization: The Boeing Company
Date:         12 Jan 95 01:56:05 
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In article <airliners.1995.9@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
Sean Namazi <> wrote:

>It was my understanding that The China Air 747-400 which ran out of 
>runway in Hong Kong (Kaitak?) and ended in the bay was declared 
>totalled due to immersion in salt water, despite being in very good 
>shape otherwise.  So my question is: what was really different in 
>the case of the JAL incident at SFO?  Also, what are the deciding
>factors in such cases?

Actually, the aircraft was totaled because the tail was blown off with
explosives (it was a hazard to landing aicraft), not just because of the
salt water immersion.

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