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Boeing 307 Ditching In SEA  
User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1654 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1701 times:

Does anybody know what happened? This was obviously a power loss of some kind; the video showed it in a turn like it could have been two shutdown on the same side.
The bigger issue is: when do we stop flying these birds because there are too few left to risk? I love the sound of a Merlin at full rock 'n' roll as much as anyone but when have we pranged enough Spitfires and P-51s to say that's enough, we don't want to lose them all?

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User currently offlineSquigee From Canada, joined May 2001, 652 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1648 times:

IDENTIFICATION
Regis#: 19903 Make/Model: B307 Description: BOEING B-307
Date: 03/28/2002 Time: 2105

Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N
Damage: Unknown

LOCATION
City: SEATTLE State: WA Country: US

DESCRIPTION
ACFT CONTACTED ATC REPORTING A LANDING GEAR PROBLEM OVER ELLIOT BAY, THEN
THE PILOT DECLARED AN EMERGENCY, AND THE ACFT SUBSEQUENTLY DITCHED INTO THE
WATER, OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME, SEATTLE, WA.

INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0
# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: Y
# Pass: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: Y
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

WEATHER: METAR KBFI 282053Z VRB04KT 9SM -RA BKN028 BKN036 OVC055 11/05 A3026

OTHER DATA
Activity: Unknown Phase: Unknown Operation: General Aviation

Departed: SEATTLE, WA Dep Date: 03/28/2002 Dep. Time: 1230
Destination: SEATTLE, WA Flt Plan: UNK Wx Briefing: U
Last Radio Cont: BFI ATCT LOCAL
Last Clearance: CLRD TO LAND

FAA FSDO: SEATTLE, WA (NM01) Entry date: 03/29/2002




Someday, we'll look back at this, laugh nervously, and then change the subject.
User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

I've heard fuel starvation of some sort. Lost the #3 engine first, then (supposedly) lost the remaining before ditching. The aircraft did indeed have trouble with the main gear. One wheel needed to be manually cranked by crew prior to the engine failures.

ER


User currently offlineThirtyEcho From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 1654 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1626 times:

OK, I think that I see the possible scenario: it was going to be just a short local flight so they took off with just the fuel that was in the tanks at the time; then, the gear problem forced them to spend X amount of time to resolve and, whatever that time was, the available fuel didn't cover it. Maybe there are some better conjectures from old B-17 hands who have had a gear problem?

User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Only thing with that theory is that I saw a significant slick over the water after the crash. Though maybe fuel starvation could still be a possible cause.

I just saw the video for the first time on KING tonight-- amazing. The plane looked in good condition when it came out (er, good condition for being in a crash and sinking).


User currently offlineClipperhawaii From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2033 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Where is the aircraft now? Has it been transported back to Boeing Field?


"You Can't Beat The Experience"
User currently offlineTechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1574 times:

Was this aircraft a monocoque or semi-monocouque construction? I am curious, being it is the first pressurized aircraft ever built.

TechRep


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