real crashes

By , January 21, 2010 8:53 pm

The author clearly states that  “This is a work of fiction.”  and so it is, but there are enough real commercial airplane crashes with enough questionable circumstances to ask very real questions.

US crashes:

New York
Nov. 12, 2001: American Airlines Airbus A300  crashes into a Queens neighborhood in New York after taking off from New York’s JFK Airport, killing at least 265.

May 25, 1979: An engine drops off an American Airlines flight 191, DC-10, during takeoff from O’Hare Airport in Chicago, killing at least 273.

Aug. 16, 1987: A Northwest Airlines MD-82 crashes just after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport; at least 156 are reported dead.

International crashes:

The crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123 in 1985
The Boeing 747-SR46 suffered mechanical failures 12 minutes into flight and 32 minutes later crashed, resulting in a total of 520 deaths.

The Tenerife airport disaster in 1977
A collision involving two Boeing 747 passenger aircraft on the runway of Los Rodeos Airport with 583 fatalities

About the Chicago DC-10, flight 191, I found this:

Every DC-10 in the United States was overhauled after Flight 191’s crash to strengthen the underwing engine pylons. Apparently, the pylon on Flight 191’s left engine was damaged when the engine was being replaced. McDonnell Douglas, in their infinite wisdom, had told airlines it was okay to replace the engine and pylon at the same time, but in reality, the combined weight of the two made replacements riskier and damages more likely.

Combine that with the fact that the engine was designed to fly over the wing if it became severed, and that the separation disconnected the display in the cockpit that would tell the pilots whether the slats and flaps were deployed or not… well, needless to say, there was a blatant design flaw in the DC-10.

American chose to write off Flight 191, blaming their mechanics instead of the airplane’s manufacturer. McDonnell Douglas thanked American several years later by giving them a sweet deal on a fleet of McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft. However, pylon strength remained a niggling issue on both the DC-10 and its successor, the MD-11. Flight 191 helped spell the beginning of the end of McD’s venture in widebody aircraft production.


One Response to “real crashes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Over the past year, the Kaunser family of Clarence…

    “I will be the first one to admit that before this happened I felt invincible- I did not think this was going to happen to my family,” said Laura Kausner Voigt, Elly’s sister.


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