Re: ET 767 Ditch

Date:         05 Jan 97 03:22:36 
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In reply as well to whoever started the thread about survivable
ditchings, I happened to be in Pensacola when they were salvaging
the 727 that went into the bay on a non-precision approach.  This was
back about '78 or so.
  It was in extraordinarily good shape.  Water stains, and very
slight rippling in the fuselage skin under the forward windows and the
forwards cabin doors were the only visible evidence of any distress.
  727-200's were worth engough money back then that it was refurbished
and sold for freight, I don't recall to whom.
  Fuselage mounted engines probably make a ditching a lot easier.

Charlie Falke                 Pratt & Whitney
System Test Team Leader       C/O Boeing Comm AP grp.