l have just been quickly reading up on this particular incident, as l am quite rusty with remembering what exactly took place. This is what l understand of this incident.
"First" lt's very hard to judge what really happened without listening to the CVR to judge the conduct and mood of the flight deck, and having a time span, and times to judge the situation properly. But l still believe that the crew performed reasonably during their difficulties, for the standards of the day. This crash was one of a few that brought the world's airlines to the attention of CRM ( Cockpit Resource Management). This crew as far as l can see did not have the procedural training that most flight crews recieve today. What could be considered poor for today's standards, l think that for those days the crew performed okay considering their situation. l think the captain got hung due to the fact that he was not fully aware and/or trained in CRM, and that it was a new word that the FAA where playing with, and hung him with it.
"Second" l'm lead to believe that there was a fault with the fuel indication system. The fault was with the rigging or type of fuel indicators used. The DC-8 that crashed was a Super 61, and it had fuel indication rigging for a Super 62/63 which has a larger outer wing/outer fuel tank. Once again it is very hard to judge the exact situation, but from what l can make from reading the documents of the CVR, l feel that 4000lb's (1820KG's) of fuel did seem to vanish very quickly. Whats your thoughts..???
"Third" Considering his low altiude, sudden loss of engines, and most of all at night, he placed the DC-8 down so well considering all the circumstances. Which is something l take my hat off to, because l failed my first attemp at my PPL due to stuffing up my forced landings...:-)
"Fourth" Do you know what happened to the Flight Engineer? As l understand it, he should and has equal responsibility to the captain, especially during such a situation. l'd love to know what happened to him. Anyone know?
Finally, and as l said this incident was one of the few that made CRM a common word to all of us in the aviation industry, and it once again it made aviation a safer form of travel which we all enjoy today.
Any further thoughts to this would be good.
All the best..