UnitedFirst From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 478 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2344 times:
Even though almost all safety cards show that the airplane can make emergency landings on water, I've never actually heard of an aircraft doing so. Is this something that is actually tested when aircraft are built?
PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
As far as I know, the only attempted ditching of a jetliner was a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines 767 that ran out of fuel and came down just off the shore in the Comoros about ten years ago. Maybe half of the people onboard survived.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
A330341 From Australia, joined Jul 2003, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 2192 times:
In January 2002, a Garuda Indonesia B737-3Q8 (PK-GWA) made an emergency landing on a river in center java near the city of Yogyakarta when it suffer from a double engine flameout while descending to JOG.
Pecoua From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 300 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2087 times:
There was a successful ditching back in the early 70s. An ONA DC-9 was leased out to ALM Antillean Airlines (the plane was wearing full ONA colors though). JFK to STM when it had to deviate around strong thunderstorms and ran out of gas. It went down in huge swells of the Caribbean Sea and remained intact...the evacuation was a nightmare however to the point where one of the life rafts was inflated by mistake in the galley at Door 1R. In fact, the flight attendants were walking up and down the aisles helping people get ready for the water landing when the plane hit the waves...absolutely no communication from the cockpit crew...they were ONA and the FA's were ALM...it was a very interesting sinerio...many lived...can't remember the numbers.