TrnsWrld From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1004 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2236 times:
I was looking through some of the accident pictures and even though it happened awhile ago, what in the world did the MD-11 pilots do to get their jets upside down sitting on the ground? I saw the Madarnian (not sure if I spelled it right) and the FedEx MD-11 both upside down after the crash. I never looked into the details of these accidents but I would think if the aircraft flipped to land like it did howcome they did not get destroyed to as where it wouldnt even look like a plane. Those two jets looked fairly intact. Was this another case of major pilot error? kinda makes me upset to see new aircraft like that destroyed. If I remember correctly most lives were saved?
thanks for the help guys.
Aerotech From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 259 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
Yes, on the FedEx one, they were making an approach at night into ERW, came down a little hard on the glideslope, hit hard, bounced, and when they came back down, they hit left wing low, sort of tore it off, the right wing still provided lift, therefore rolling the aircraft over on it's left side, where it proceeded to skid upside down to a halt.
DirkSavage From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (14 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2108 times:
The FedEx accident did happen as Aerotech stated. The crew contended that it was a bad CAT IIIb landing (i.e. the aircraft lands itself). I do not know if this was ever proven or not. The MD-11 did(does?) has a history of bad CAT IIIb landings, but this was mostly tail strikes (Garuda, a couple of times that I know about).