I just got off the web-site of retired Pan Am pilots which had in it a photo of an airliner which was ditched at sea by a pilot who knew what he was doing...and that was ditching the aircraft in landing configuration...gear down, flaps down.
This is news???!!! Am I being told that this is not the accepted way to put a plane into the water. This type of landing configurated approach to ditching had been proven years ago by various tests which, to my knowledge, had been found the best way to do it. With full flaps and proper power settings the aircraft slows to a speed where when hitting the water, the main gear doesn't tear off but slows the plane down even more. This make for a much safer situation for passengers, crew and plane. The structure of the aircraft including wings and underslung engine pods stay on the aircraft...and the hull itself also stays in one piece giving
everyone ample time to get safe evacuation underway.
TAILDRAGGERS DON'T COUNT.