Re: Wing vs. tail-mounted engines?

Date:         16 May 2001 17:45:36 
From:         matt weber <>
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All underslung engines have fuse pins, and they will allow the engine to
separate if loaded enough in the correct direction. If you examine the ET
accident, the aircraft was not under control when it went in, and frankly
whether the engines were still attached when it went in or not, would
probably have made very little difference.

On the other hand, in the early 1960's JAL put a DC8 freighter down in San
Franciso Bay.  Engines remained attached, in fact the aircraft was fished
out, rebuilt, and flew for 20+ more years with JAL before being retired in
the 1980's

Matt Weber