Re: Fear of Flying

Date:         12 Dec 96 03:49:25 
From:         Art Intemann <ajintemann@earthlink.net>
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Waleed M. Meleis wrote:

> - How long could the plane glide along?

In rough figures, the glide ratio would be about 3 to 1.  In other words,
the airplane would travel approximately 90 air miles from 30,000 feet.

> - Would it be able to make it to the ground without crashing?

That would depend upon what sort of ground you were talking about.  If
you were somewhere near Palmdale/Edwards complex or the Bonneville salt
flats, chances are a bit different than the same situation over the
Rockies.

> - Would it, generally, be able to make it to an airport?

Yes. Provided there was one within the gliding distance possible.

> Feel free to make any reasonable assumptions.

A reasonable assumption would be that all four engines flaming out at the
same time is an unreasonable assumption.  Losing _one_ engine while in
flight is fairly unusual.

Art Intemann