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DC-10.....would You Fly This Overseas?  
User currently offlineJkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2304 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?

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User currently offlineJT-8D From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 423 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2122 times:

The dc-10 is a proven design. I wouldnt worry about anything..Jt

User currently offlineDuce50Boom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

you got nothing to worry about. all the problems have been fixed. it is a very safe airliner.

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2059 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.


I wish I were flying
User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2047 times:

Apperently all the problems were assosited with the -10 version. The -30 version is perfectly safe.....I would love an oppurtunity to fly on one of these jets before they are retired.

All it comes down to is maintnece, if it is poor even a new airplane can be unsafe.


User currently offlineTuffty From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2005 times:

All of the old problems have been fixed. The only thing that you need worry about is the coffee being cold or them running out of sugar.
regds tuffty Big grin


User currently offlineFlying_steph From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1972 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.

Enjoy the -10, it's a great plane !


User currently offlineJkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1939 times:

Have all D10-10s been retired or taken out of service?

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1944 times:

There are still between 15 and 20 DC-10-10s left in passenger service around the world.

User currently offlineTwotterwrench From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

If it's not Boeing.. I'm not going!

User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

There are more than 15-20...AOM alone has like 15 plus Northwest still has a bunch in service.

User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Sorry didn't see the -10 part.....my mistake.

User currently offlineBH346 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3265 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (13 years 3 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1876 times:

I've flown the DC-10-30 across the Pacific many times with Northwest. I'm sure you'll enjoy the experience.

BH346



Northwest Airlines - Some People Just Know How to Fly
User currently offlineFedExIndy From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 77 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1841 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.

User currently offlineHappy-flier From Canada, joined Dec 1999, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (13 years 3 months 1 day ago) and read 1797 times:

I have flown in it and I loved it. By all means ... enjoy your trip and don't think twice about it.


May the wind be always at your back . . . except during takeoff & landing.
User currently offlineJkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 3 months ago) and read 1761 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?

User currently offlineJkat From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 53 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1769 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?

User currently offlineFlying_steph From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

Your French croissant getting too hot in the galley !

 Wink/being sarcastic


User currently offlineAmbasaid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

One of the best transatlantic flights which i have done was on a Laker Airways DC10, beautiful aircraft which really put some newer competitors to shame.

User currently offlineAir2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1754 times:

jkat,

Probably a flourescent light ballast. When they toast they get smokey, or a light transformer, same result.


User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4200 posts, RR: 37
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1733 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.


Relax and enjoy.



Chicks dig winglets.
User currently offlineHa2vegas From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1691 times:

I fly the DC10-10 and DC10-30 Trans-pacific at least twice a month. Its a grand old aircraft...I'll miss ours when they're gone...

User currently offlineVgnAtl747 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1513 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1618 times:

I don't see any problems with the aircraft, but I personally just wouldn't fly it.


Work Hard. Fly Right. Continental Airlines
User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1602 times:

Give me An-2 and atlantic ocean. I really want to fly on a DC-10 before they're all gone.


Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (13 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1597 times:

I have been on five DC10s. Twice across the Atlantic on a DC10, AA and NWA. The DC10 used to be my favorite airplane until I met the 777.  Big grin


Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
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