Date: 09 Sep 98 04:12:05 From: "Frank Muenker" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Nacamar Group Plc. References: 1 Followups: 1 2
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Karl Swartz schrieb in Nachricht ... >A Swissair MD-11 operating flight 111 from New York's John F. Kennedy >International Airport to Geneva (with a planned continuation to Zurich) >crashed into the Atlantic off Blandford, Nova Scotia, at approximately >1018pm local time (0118 GMT). News reports claim the pilots reported >smoke in the cabin and/or cockpit and dumped fuel in St. Margaret's Bay >before attempting an emergency landing at Halifax International Airport. Yesterday a German Lufthansa captain said in an interview that smoke in the cockpit is the absolute worst that can happen because once you loose visibility the aircraft is 100% uncontrollable. I know it might be very stupid but please allow me this question: If the pilot manages to descend to < 6000 ft and reduce airspeed to < 250 knots, why wouldn't it be possible to open the side cockpit windows? Sure, that would give an enourmous draft, but it would be at least better than having 0 visibility. Maybe one of the pilots here in this ng can answer why it isn't possible. I assume that if it was the pilot would have done it) Thanks Frank Muenker P.S.: wasn't this accident similiar to the ValueJet in Florida ?