B777 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 368 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 634 times:
The Korean Air MD-11F crash in China was due to misunderstanding between ground control and the crew. The crew was confused about whether ground control had issued their altitude in meters or in feet. So they thought they were too high up. They decided to decend and that is what caused them to fly into the ground and trash the MD-11F
Hagi From Finland, joined Jun 1999, 176 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 632 times:
As we can see from the causes of these accidents, the MD-11 itself isn't an unsafe aircraft. None of today's airliners are, for that matter. Look at the 747! How many have been lost? Who says it's a particularly unsafe plane?
As most of us know, accidents happen 90% because of the so-called human factor. Some are related with bad weather, some with engine problems, but _very few_ with the construction or whatever of the aircraft. In unfortunate cases, a combination of factors occur in situations that may never be solved, so the aircraft gets blamed. Then there are cases where an airline has many of certain aircraft type and that particular airline also experiences many tragic crashes. In these cases, too, the aircraft often gets the blame when the true causes of the accidents may have to do with airline safety, crew communications and what have you - that is, human factors.
Both the DC-10 and its successor have had very bad publicity for reasons that have virtually nothing to do with the aircraft itself. I wouldn't worry about flying on one of those birds - it's certain _airlines_ one wants to avoid if statistics are looked at. But I wouldn't lose my good night's sleep over the airline matter, either.
Navion From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1013 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (14 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 592 times:
Read Capt. Rick Drury's article about flying his MD11 into Black Rain at Hong Kong in this month's Airways magazine. It gives great insight into the Mandarin Airways crash a few days later in similar circumstances.