Date: 04 Apr 2001 16:41:05 From: Eric Hagerstrom <email@example.com> References: 1 2
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On 31 Mar 2001 16:43:19 , firstname.lastname@example.org (Robin Johnson) wrote: >On 23 Mar 2001 17:40:08 , Wolfgang Keller <email@example.com> told us: > >Engines these days are very reliable. It is not unknown for an engine >to remain in position for five years. >On the other hand, more and more ETOPS flights are being undertaken - >the majority of North Atlantic crossings for example. Despite this, >there have been very few ditchings. Well, actually no ETOPS flight has ever ditched. The Ethopian ditched while struggling with a hijacker in the vcockpit, certaily not because of ETOPS operations. >Just this month a United 767 on the climb-out from Lihue and bound for >California, had a loss of power on both engines. No harm done, >but..... >I'm a little concerned about the dynamics of a ditching with >underslung engines, though. The Ethiopian 767 off the Comores, >although a hijack situation with armed men on the flightdeck, looked >good on the video until the last minute, when it seemed that the >engines dug in asymmetrically, causing the fuselage to break up. >Does anyone know of a successful ditching by a jet? 13 January 1969, An SAS DC8-62 (four-engines under the wing) ditched in the ocean off Los Angeles (apparently after running out of fuel). 15 fatalities. I don't recall how many were aboard but the aircraft stayed afloat for hours.