Re: Wing vs. tail-mounted engines?

Date:         04 Apr 2001 16:41:13 
From:         Robert Briggs <Robert.Briggs@BITphysics.orgBUCKET>
Organization: Marconi
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Robin Johnson wrote:

> I'm a little concerned about the dynamics of a ditching with
> underslung engines, though.

> Does anyone know of a successful ditching by a jet?

Yes.  In May of 1995, the Royal Air Force did quite a neat job with
Comet - correction, Nimrod - XW666 of 51 Squadron near Lossiemouth.

I've not found a picture on the Web (perhaps no big surprise for an
event that long ago), but the incident is mentioned at:

    http://www.morayairnet.co.uk/News/Crashes.htm

Of course, that answers your actual question about a successful
ditching by a jet, but doesn't address your concern about underslung
engines in such circumstances.  :-)