A/C on fire

Date:         26 Oct 98 02:59:57 
From:         "Richard Rea" <rrea@xmission.com>
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After pondering the Value-Jet and Swissair crashes (and other similar,
aircraft fires leading to loss of control) I wonder if it wouldn't be
prudent to plan to "crash-land" the aircraft.  The pilot would have to get
down as fast as possible and in an area that would hopefully would give some
measure of survivability.  But going low and slow enough might give the
option of continuing on to the nearest airport or else crash in control if
the situation rapidly deteriorates.  Is this a viable consideration?