I was just leaving ORD
after dropping my parents off for a trip to LAX
)when this accident happened. I was heading south on Mannheim right at about 27L when my brother saw the smoke in the sky. I pulled over and looked and I saw the smoke and could tell that it was something big!
I remember that everyone did home in on "the bolt", but then I remember them later releasing the information on a "money-saving" method of removing the engines from the wing. McDonnell-Douglas warned the airlines that this method is not recommended, but they continued anyway.
I thought this show did a great job of showing how the damage occurred. I learned something from that. I also didn't know about the single stick shaker system.
The full NTSB report has been archived due to age, but here is the an "Official" NTSB breif of this accident:
Other factors not mentioned:
The DC-10 only had a single flap position indicator, and the sensor for this was on the right wing. The show didn't mention that when the engine tore away it not only took part of the slats, but a section of the flaps as well. In the CVR recording it was discovered that the crew looked at the flap setting for correctness and since the flaps/slats on the right wing were fine, they had an abnormal situation with which McD never thought would happen. They never knew what kind of condition the left wing was in.
Also they didn't mention the fact that Lindsey Wagner(Bionic Woman) and her mother were initially on that plane, but they got off after she said "Something didn't feel right" and they deplaned at the gate. I think the Chicago newspaper had a side bar about that. She put up quite a ruckuss to get off the flight. She took a later one.
When did Peter Greenburg go from being a "Travel Editor" to a "Investigative Journalist"? Wasn't he one of the producers of this show? I remember hmo from Prodigy years and years ago where he was just a member!