Jkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
Im flying a D13 to LGW in 2 weeks. I am very concerned about safety. In your opinion, what do you think I should be concerned about on this flight and what have been the changes in the aftermaths of all the D10 disasters?
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 20 Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1849 times:
The only concern currently is maintenance and comfort. DC-10s are now safe aircraft but they are showing their age. If properly maintained (they should be, or CAA/FAA will come down on the airline) there is nothing to worry about except the usually somewhat uncomfortable and noisy ride.
Flying_steph From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1762 times:
I understand you might be not very comfortable in an airplane (in general), and I respect that.
But your fears about the DC10 are a complete non-sense. The disasters you mentioned happened in the 70's and 80's, and only extremely stupid people would have not taken any corrective action to make sure these accidents won't occur again.
In today's airline business, I would be more careful regarding the choice of an airline vs. a specific airliner. All certificated planes are safe, only the people who operate them (from management to flight attendants) are sometimes total wankers.
FedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1631 times:
FedEx flys a DC10-30 to London STN every night from IND. We never hear anything about the plane not making it! Of course, back in March a DC10-10 from BOS to IND had the #2 engine catch fire when leaving BOS. Other than that, there is a ramp full of DC10 aircraft arriving and leaving every night from IND and I never see anything on CNN, so you should be okay.
Jkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1551 times:
Last year I flew a D10 (i think it was a -30) from DTW to CDG. During cruise a smoky smell, not exhaust but like overheated electrical wires or something wafted through the cabin. We landed safely 6 hours later. What do you think this "smoke" was from?
Jkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1559 times:
I dont know if this got posted before but last year I flew on a -30 I assume from DTW to CDG. After climb a smokey smell of overheated electrical wires or an electrical fire wafted through the cabin. It aventually dissapated. What do you think this "smoke" was from?
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4105 posts, RR: 38 Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1523 times:
Thousands of people fly the DC-10's across the oceans every day. My dad has been a NW DC-10 international captain for 2 years and has never had any sort of problem with the airplane. They are extremely well maintained and are very comfortable and fast (at 580,000 pounds takeoff weight we got up to 31,000 in about 15 minutes from Amsterdam). The DC-10-30's especially are wonderful airplanes. These are the ones NW flies into I just got back from a bunch of DC-10 sim training up at NWA's training facility. The -30's are just a joy to fly. The engines are incredibely powerful (the 30's have the GE engines), and can climb relatively easy even with 2 engines out.... not that that really ever happens. The last time that happened was 8 years ago i believe, and the crew landed no problem.