Re: Swissair MD-11 (SR 111, JFK-GVA) crash off Nova Scotia

Date:         09 Sep 98 04:12:06 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>why wouldn't it be possible to open the side cockpit windows?

I think there was mention of that being done in the case of ValuJet 592.

>P.S.: wasn't this accident similiar to the ValueJet in Florida ?

Both involved fire, or at least smoke, aboard aircraft manufactured by
McDonnell Douglas, and both crashed into water killing all aboard.  On
the other hand, one crash occurred shortly after takeoff and involved
an old aircraft that hadn't received the best of maintenance, while the
other occurred well after the flight had reached its cruising altitude
and involved a relatively new aircraft with a clean maintenance record
by a top-notch carrier.

In a few vauge, superficial terms, yes, they are similar.  Whether or
not there are any significant similarities remains to be seen.

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