Fed Ex MD-11 crash was mechanical

Date:         17 Aug 97 01:57:24 
From:         "nite rider" <guesswho@memphisonline.com>
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Reliable "Purple" sources have indicated that the crash of Fed Ex 14, an
MD-11 landing at Newark, NJ, was due to mechanical failure of a wheel
assembly due to internal defects. After failing internally, the wheel
assembly caused a chain reaction of failures, first of the associated
strut, which in turn caused a loss of control of the aircraft.

The crew flew a stabilized approach to landing with a sink rate of
approximately 460 fpm, with a landing impact of about 1.2 g.

These findings apparently will absolve the crew of responsibility in the
crash.

Nite Rider