Fear of Flying

Date:         08 Dec 96 13:07:42 
From:         waleed@flip.eecs.umich.edu (Waleed M. Meleis)
Organization: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
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Hi, I have a friend who is afraid of flying who asks the following question.
If, for some reason, all the engines on a large plane (such as a 747) were
to stop in the middle of a long flight across the US, what would happen?
In particular, we would like to know:

- How long could the plane glide along?
- Would it be able to make it to the ground without crashing?
- Would it, generally, be able to make it to an airport?

Feel free to make any reasonable assumptions.  Thanks very much.

Waleed Meleis                                           meleis@ece.neu.edu