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

Date:         05 Oct 98 00:27:13 
From:         Ray Kirk <raykirk@volktek.com.tw>
Organization: VOLKTEK CORPORATION
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As with most people in this NG - I would like to point out that I am not
an expert or a professional in this field - so I do not want to give the
impression that I know what I am talking about.

With ref. the SR-111 accident and the terrible loss of life. There have
been several questions regarding the dumping of fuel.

>From my understanding - this is a fairly simple and standard procedure,
especially in the Military. The pure and simple fact that this was a
flight prepared to cross a big pond with a belly load of fuel. The pilot
had to contend with a crash landing with a whole lot of fuel and a ready
made fire to make matters worse.

I cannot imagine anything worse that a crash landing, on fire, fully
fueled, probably flying blind, partially disabled and in the dark - the
choice to dump fuel seems like the most obvious given the circumstances.

Ray Kirk