MD-11 Landing/Flare Behavior

Date:         03 Aug 97 02:50:16 
From:         Matthew Kranz <>
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Hi, all...

Thursday morning's crash of the FedEx MD-11 in Newark has prompted me to
pose a question to the group. Does the MD-11 have less-than-optimum
flare and landing characteristics? In addition to FedEx's crash (and
previous hard landing) of N611FE, I saw a Delta MD-11 make an arrival (I
wouldn't call it a landing <g>) at CVG a few months ago that was
obviously quite hard. The plane touched down heavily somewhere between
the threshold and the 500-foot mark after little or no flare, and
bounced 5-10 feet in the air before touching down again.

While this little collection of facts is by no means a scientific
conclusion, it has got me thinking. Can any MD-11 pilots throw their
$0.02 in?

--Matt Kranz
--727 F/E