Mcdougald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2003 times:
From what I've heard, the Cincinnati fire is suspected to have been somehow associated with the flush motor in the lav, with the fire having originally started behind a wall.
Besides AC, the other carriers, past and present, have had excellent records as well. Among the larger airlines (AC, CP, C3, WJ, QN, etc.) that have come and gone, none have had fatal accidents since the '80s or earlier (or none at all in some cases), though Transat came scarily close in the Azores.
Jean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2110 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1996 times:
The cause of the fire in Cincinatti was never determined, but a connection was suggested to the lav flush motors because breakers had apparently tripped their 11 minutes before the initial fire warning. Also, this incident can not be called a CRASH ,because the plane laned safely, and have the people got out, and THEN the fire flared up and killed 23 people. Air Canada's only real CRASH was in 1973 (I Think), the DC-8 at YYZ, crew error, but also a bit of a design error by Douglas. Their only other fatal incident was a DC-9 (the one delivered right before the cincinatti one, incidentally), in 1978, that overran the runway at YYZ after an aborted takeoff, with two dead.
Sorry, I was wrong about the DC-8 crash being at Heathrow. Actually, it was at Pearson in Toronto on 07.05.1970 killing all 109 souls on board. Perhaps the flight had been inbound from Heathrow? I seem to recall something like that. The description given is as follows:
60 feet above the ground during landing, the speedbrakes were inadvertantly deployed by the First Officer, which resulted in an excessive sink rate. The no.4 engine struck the runway, and a go-around was initiated. The aircraft proceeded to climb out normally, but while on a downwind for a second landing attempt, the aircraft exploded. Ruptured fuel line during the first hard landing.