No crashes, a couple of incidents.
I was on a Pan Am 747 on take off from MIA
that had the No. 2 fail just after lift off. The airplane went out over the Atlantic and dumped 126,000 pounds of fuel before returning to MIA
for an uneventful landing. There were about 10 or 12 fire trucks waiting for us to land. We talked to the Captain later having identified ourselves as P&W employees and he said that in 26 years of flying Boeing jets with Pratt engines, 22,000 hours of flying, that was the first time he had ever had an engine failure. It was a really hot day and this was when Pan Am was tankering fuel to Europe. The Captain said that they had the fuel dump swith guard up just in case they had lost an engine between V1 and VR
they would start dumping fuel right there on the runway to get the weight off the airplane.
I was on a Delta 727 that had a hydraulic failure at CVG
and we taxied into a snow bank.
And I was on an American MD
-80 that had a lightning strike going into SNA
But I worked for a guy who was in the three crashes, all at MCI
. In each of the three times he flew into MCI
, the plane crashed. One was an undershoot and the other two were overruns. After the third crash whenever he had to work at MCI
, he flew into STL
and rented a car to drive over to MCI