I'm currently writing a novel in which the following sequence occurs:
The pilot of an MD-11 is confronted with an electrical fire on board. He loses one engine and has very little controllability and almost no ailerons. He's losing his hydraulics and can only turn right. Still, he manages to guide the plane in toward the runway.
When he's coming in for landing, he notes that the landing gear isn't down. He presses a button that provides manual control over the landing gear, but nothing happens. He checks his instruments and sees that he's almost out of hydraulic fluid. But then he realizes it's what may be holding back the landing gear. He takes a chance and "vents his remaining hydraulic fluid" and the landing gear comes out just in time.
1. Does the MD-11 have a "flashing red button" that provides manual control over the landing gear?
2. Is what I've described ("venting hydraulic fluid") an actual option for a MD-11 pilot whose landing gear isn't down? If not, how would he proceed in this emergency situation?
3. Are there any other questionable technical points in the sequence? (For instance, could an electrical fire on board spread and trigger these other problems?)
Thanks in advance for any help and/or alternative solutions you can provide!