Gear placement in ditching

Date:         01 Dec 96 04:08:54 
From:         jbtex@aol.com
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The Ethiopian crash brings a question to mind.

In a "controlled" (though the EA one was probably not) water ditching of
a craft the size of modern jetliner, should the main gear be up or down.
I can imagine the entry of bogeys into the water creating drag sufficient
to slow things down a bit resulting in less "belly time" before stop. This
would seem to lessen the chance of breakup.

On the other hand,  the tremendous forces involved might create
belly-piercing missles from all or part of the main gear.  What do you
folks say?  What do the books call for?

Thanks