CV990 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 691 times:
Once again we have another terrible crash, also AA is involved, it's an incredible time for American I presume. I've been screening carefully the latest news and more and more I feel that I've seen this "movie" years ago, in 1979 AA lost a DC-10-10 just after take-off from Chicago, also the engine Nº 3 left the plane and the same plane plumged down killing all on board, now we have something similar, also it's quite interesting to know that yesterday the plane came out from the maintenance, anything wrong happened today that might been caused by the stop of the plane? Could be! Also about communications, if we look to what occured in 1979 the only thing it could ear in the CVR was the word " Damn " said by the pilot, I don't think we will ear much more than that in this one!
Kottan From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 531 times:
Well, that might be one aspect of the similarity. Another one which struck my mind was the following: Both planes with one engine on each of its wing turned uncontrollably to either left or right after losing an engine (if it turns also out to be losing an engine here...). No chance to recover the plane by the flight crew.
How would a four engined aircraft 'react' on losing one engine? Would it be easier in keeping the aircraft on track - as there still is some power on the wing produced by the still working engine?
LZ-TLT From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 431 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 509 times:
I doubt the crew of a four-engined aircraft would have far more chances to recover. Just remember the El Al 747 which crashed in Amsterdam some years ago. They also suffered an engine separation on takeoff, tried to return to the airport and lost control during the final approach(apparently due to damages caused by the initial separation of the engine)
Palebird From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 462 times:
GE CF6 engines have a habit of shedding blades. GE acknowledges that there may be a problem but that is as far as it goes. I often wonder if GE is just so big that the FAA are hampered in their ability to lay any major AD's on them. There have been more than a few uncontained failures of the CF6 and no real 100% action by the FAA.