Re: A 777 with four engines.

Date:         26 Jul 98 23:57:15 
From:         "DRF" <freiwald@bellsouth.net>
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Without being rude, I am curious about your background in transport
aircraft, given the opinions stated.

I think that the term that you are looking for is "asymetrical thust" for
loss of directional control.  That is what _was_ utilized by UA232, ten
years ago yesterday.   In that case, not only was rudder control lost to
both rudders (most transport jets have two independent rudder systems,
except the B737) but a total loss of all three hydraulic systems.  Generally
speaking, when you get to the point where you've lost all rudder authority,
you've most likely got other problems too!  As to the landing and the "gust
of wind":  IMHO as a professional pilot when you come in as hot (fast) as
they did, there's not a whole lot you can do.  When the tires blew or the
struts snapped or whatever "would have" hapened next, bad things were going
to happen.

If it had been an A340, who knows what would have happened?  Does anyone
know what alpha law will decided is "proper" following a catastrophic event?
Hope no one has to find out.

The above is not to detract from the Captain and crew of UA232; indeed, it
was there "keeping it together" that motivated me to become a pilot.

David
727 FE