Re: Swissair MD11 Crash - additional details

From:         westin*nospam@graphics.cornell.edu (Stephen H. Westin)
Date:         19 Oct 1998 14:33:31 GMT
Organization: Program of Computer Graphics -- Cornell University
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Festus-der-erste@t-online.de (Lothar Kvnig) writes:

> Richard S. Shevell schrieb:

<snip>

> > Thanks for setting the record straight. Until the Swissair crash, the
> > MD-11 has had a very safe record. This one has the feel of the Valuejet
> > accident, starting with smoke in the cockpit and then possibly burning
> > through control systems or ?.  Hopefully the FDR will tell something of
> > the originating problem.

> What will happen, when all aircrafts are flying "fly by wire"?.....

Well, planes have been crashing because of in-flight fires for a long
time; one web site gave ahistory dating back to the '40s. A fire can
burn through mechanical control cables, or wires, or hydraulic lines,
you know. Don't see how FBW changes the situation.

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