BFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 744 posts, RR: 2 Posted (12 years 2 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4000 times:
Just having a look on AirDisaster.com and reading the story on SK 686 crashing in Milan, it is hard to believe there were no survivors given that so much of the aircraft remained intact. I always thought the biggest threat of an incident while on the ground was fire, but it looks to be largely unaffected. Can anyone tell me why?
Jsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2328 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3893 times:
I have often wondered this myself. The plane was severely damaged, but it's not completely disintegrated as the airframes in most nonsurvivable crashes are. I too find it hard to believe nobody was able to escape. Perhaps the impact forces were too great, although again, that doesn't seem consistent with so much of the plane remaining intact.
Schiller64 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 3836 times:
According to the preliminary report of the Italian authorities, the MD 87 hit the Cessna at 146kts just after takeoff, hit the end of the runway, turned approximately 45% sideways and hit a massive concrete structure aka baggage handling building (which was as long as the MD 87 turned at 45%). The report estimates impact speed at 139kts, causing two of the concrete support pillars to buckle in. Add a fire fueled by 10tons of fuel.
Guess the deceleration forces (139 kts to standstill within a couple of metres...) were too great.