Re: DC-9 Flight Control

From:         rdd@netcom.com (Robert Dorsett)
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Date:         27 May 96 13:35:36 
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In article <airliners.1996.783@ohare.Chicago.COM> pauldan@mindspring.com writes:
>and pneumatic power. The apparent total loss of control of the
>Valuejet aircraft hopefully will be discovered, but loss of systems
>doesn't explain why it would just fall out of the sky.

Not to jump ahead of the investigation, here, but if there was even *slight*
loss of control, you will rapidly encounter extremely high rates of descent.
If the crew were distracted by a smoke emergency, or could not see out the
window (aka the SAA 747 near Mauritania) or had other control system damage,
7,000' doesn't really give you a hell of a lot of altitude to effect a
recovery from.




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