Re: A 777 with four engines.

Date:         19 Jul 98 22:07:33 
From:         "The Warden" <warden@usa.net>
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Me who doesn't have much faith in new technology thinks that 4 engines are a
greater safety factor, despite the extra cost. Also, if something happens
and rudder control is lost, the two outboard engines could be pressed into
providing sideways control (can't remember the technical term for it) and
would do a better job than having two engines closer to the center line. For
instance, if UAL 232 had been a 707, 747, A340, or even a DC-8, (first off,
the problem wouldn't have happened, but that's another story), they may have
been able to get a bit more directional movement, and may have been able to
correct for that gust of wind that pushed them off of the runway and made
the wing dig into the ground (if that had not happened, they would have
landed safely). Personally, I think the 777 should be a trijet, at least...