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Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:17 pm

Even though almost all safety cards show that the airplane can make emergency landings on water, I've never actually heard of an aircraft doing so. Is this something that is actually tested when aircraft are built?

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RE: Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:51 pm

As far as I know, the only attempted ditching of a jetliner was a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines 767 that ran out of fuel and came down just off the shore in the Comoros about ten years ago. Maybe half of the people onboard survived.
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RE: Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 2:58 pm

There is another aircraft, (DC-9??) that performed a sucessful overwater landing, but I'm not sure of the details.

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RE: Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 3:24 pm

This topic is enlightening...it was for me...


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RE: Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 7:16 pm

In January 2002, a Garuda Indonesia B737-3Q8 (PK-GWA) made an emergency landing on a river in center java near the city of Yogyakarta when it suffer from a double engine flameout while descending to JOG.

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RE: Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 10:15 pm

There was a successful ditching back in the early 70s. An ONA DC-9 was leased out to ALM Antillean Airlines (the plane was wearing full ONA colors though). JFK to STM when it had to deviate around strong thunderstorms and ran out of gas. It went down in huge swells of the Caribbean Sea and remained intact...the evacuation was a nightmare however to the point where one of the life rafts was inflated by mistake in the galley at Door 1R. In fact, the flight attendants were walking up and down the aisles helping people get ready for the water landing when the plane hit the waves...absolutely no communication from the cockpit crew...they were ONA and the FA's were ALM...it was a very interesting sinerio...many lived...can't remember the numbers.

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RE: Overwater Emergency Landings

Sun Jul 27, 2003 10:31 pm

There are several "classic" cases that seem to make it into all of the airlines' CRM classes. This ONA ditching is one of them.

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