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

Date:         10 Sep 98 03:04:26 
From:         "Herb Carmen" <>
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>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)

Depends on where the smoke was coming from.  Opening the vents in the
cockpit, if the smoke came from the cabin, may only draw more smoke into the
cockpit.  He may have opened the side window.  I'm as curious as you.