Date: 08 Feb 99 02:49:43 From: "Roy Ellor" <email@example.com> Organization: Tesco ISP References: 1 2
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Ron Parsons <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message <airliners.1998.1744@ohare.Chicago.COM> ... >In article <airliners.1998.1722@ohare.Chicago.COM>, "Richard Rea" ><email@example.com> wrote: > >>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? Not in this case...the evidence is pointing to a wiring bus fire on the SR MD11. As this aircraft is much more computer-dependent than the earlier DC10, failure of systems connecting the pilot to the machine would have resulted in an airliner with a transatlantic fuel load becoming uncontrollable near the ground and travelling at speed. People live near airports,too. A full MD11 losing avionics over a town at night...that would have been one hell of a hole.