Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (12 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
Yes, that´s right; they are specially designated 747 SR ("short range"). The most visible difference is the lack of winglets: the fuel savings on these short routes are marginal and for the two winglets less they can put in two pax more. Additionally, the gear is strengthened due to the high number of landings these planes have to do compared to their long range counterparts.
Pax capacity is 569.
The deadliest single airplane crash involved a JAL 747SR, killing 520 people in 1985.
TEDSKI From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
Heard that this 747 accident was Boeing's fault. JAL had a Boeing crew fix the tail section bulk head which suffered tail skid damage on a previous flight. Unfortunately they did not do it correctly and caused the aircraft to depressurize and the tail controls to fail causing the aircraft to crash.
TWAneedsNOhelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 11 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 991 times:
JAL123 a 747SR-46
From AirDisaster.com in reference to the deadliest single airplane crash in history:
The aircraft suffered an explosive decompression while climbing through 23,000 feet. The failure of the rear pressure bulkhead caused a portion of the vertical stabilizer to be blown away, rupturing all four main hydraulic fluid lines. Controlling the aircraft solely by engine thrust, the crew was attempting to return to Tokyo when the aircraft clipped one mountain ridge, flew across a valley, and impacted a second mountain approximately 400 feet from the summit. This accident remains the deadliest single-airplane accident in aviation history.
The 747SR is still a popular plane used mainly by several governments in the middle east for its small size and extra long range. I believe Qantas and South African may still have some in sked ops.