The incident occurred on May 24, 1988.
I was at a conference in Las Vegas when TACA landed on the levee on the eastern side of New Orleans.
The day we got back from Vegas, a friend and I took a ride in his 172, and flew over the levee and the 737, which had been moved to another point on the levee.
For a short time following the landing, there was talk of disassembling parts of the airplane, then barging it up the Industrial Canal (which ran adjacent to the levee) to Lakefront Airport (NEW
) for reassembly. After the investigators had done their thing, the engineers and pilots took a look at the 737, and the ground on the levee (actually the ground behind the levee, the levee being the actual barrier to the canal), and decided that it could be flown off the levee. Which was precisely what they did.
If anyone is interested in a scanned copy of a picture of the 737 from the local paper, or for that matter, one of my pics scanned, let me know.
BTW, the 737 was only 3 weeks old at the time.
Tom at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina