ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13429 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 month 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16377 times:
From an article on this I just read, it will be part of a Discovery Channel series on crash landings to be shown in 2012. IIRC, about 20 years ago there was an intentional crash of an old B 720 with a load of fuel to try to figure out ways to reduce deaths and injuries from fire in a crash landing.
Darksnowynight From United States of America, joined Jan 2012, 1540 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11447 times:
Believe it or not, g500, that seems likely. The FAA might have a problem with it, but also the EPA as well. There's a fair bit of oversight to aircraft disposal, and I doubt crashing one would pass muster that way.
CM From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 11196 times:
I'd like to know the details of the pilots' egress from the airplane. The aft airstairs do not appear down in the video, although I suspect this is how it was done; leaving though a cabin exit in a commercial jet is no easy task and very high risk.
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 4038 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 10721 times:
Quoting CM (Reply 9): The aft airstairs do not appear down in the video, although I suspect this is how it was done; leaving though a cabin exit in a commercial jet is no easy task and very high risk.
They probably removed it altogether to ensure nothing would prevent the pilots' escape.
They joined the exclusive club of live commercial pilots with less landings than takeoffs...
Quoting g500 (Reply 7): I wonder if the U.S Government and the FAA told the Discovery Channel "OH HELL NO"...
I'm guessing that's exactly what's happened.
They've probably even banned inbound calls from Discovery Channel by now after being tiredlessly harrassed by the Mythbusters for so many years.
Willingly crashing an aircraft on the ground close to a group of people filming it while the pilots would jump out with parachutes just prior sounds like the plot of an action movie. An official from a civil aviation agency in the US or Europe would have a brain seizure at the very mention of the idea...
Not to mention the hoards of ecotards protesting about the littering of aircraft debris and fuel in a natural area.
The necessary clearance must have been hard enough to arrange even in Mexico.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
AR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7128 posts, RR: 34
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9702 times:
as per the articles in Spanish, they removed the airstairs and the door. So, I guess pressurization was never in the cards. Now if the idea was to try to attempt a landing through remote control, as the articles in Spanish also state, the attempt obviously failed miserably.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3136 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 month 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6208 times:
Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 10): I wonder how the crew were able to parachute out of the aircraft, given the location of the engines - they must have done something to avoid getting caught in or striking them.
I believe it is referred to as the "D.B. Cooper Method" of egress. IIRC in the '90s there was a DC-9 with the aft airstairs removed for a similar exit for parachutists.