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by AirlineCritic
Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: C-17 Fire at KCHS
Replies: 9
Views: 1532

Re: C-17 Fire at KCHS

Looks mostly like composite fairing damage. Still expensive but not the end of the world. Interesting picture! We've discussed this at length in various incidents, but obviously the only problems are not those that you can see on from the outside. Heat damage needs to be assessed to internal struct...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA328 engine explosion at DEN
Replies: 600
Views: 107519

Re: UA328 engine explosion at DEN

I would call for some careful thinking before dismissing fairing damage as a non-event. The discussion here basically went along the lines of "not so dangerous, because it is not the hull", so "nothing to see here". But we don't yet know what hit the fairing. We also don't know w...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific
Replies: 108
Views: 36647

Re: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific

A googling of the registration reveals this photo: https://i.imgur.com/Zq5MyG1.jpg I can't imagine how seeing that view from a life-raft must feel. How long was it before they were rescued? http://aerossurance.com/emergency-response/pilatus-pc-12-pacific-ditching/ Amazing photo!

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jan 13, 2021 9:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific
Replies: 108
Views: 36647

Re: PC-12 Ditches in the Pacific

Preliminary accident report is out: Here's an extract: "The flameout occurred just after the copilot transferred the last usable fuel from the rear tank. She shut off the transfer pump with fuel still visible in the transparent pressurized line, but the low fuel pressure indicator illuminated ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 80
Views: 10552

Re: New British aircraft carriers - News and Discussion Thread

Yes, but, they stll named their ship "Prisoner of War"??

(Or is it Pool of Water?)

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Nov 12, 2020 7:20 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Will the US and other Nations Military’s be used to distribute CV19 vaccines?
Replies: 33
Views: 2537

Re: Will the US and other Nations Military’s be used to distribute CV19 vaccines?

The vaccines will not appear in large quantities on one day, the manufacturer will be able to produce a certain amount per day. I think it was reported north of a billion units during 2021. But these will be on all days, and going to many places in the world, and many places within the destination c...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Oct 29, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Southwest CEO: ‘The ship is taking on water’
Replies: 241
Views: 48594

Re: Southwest CEO: ‘The ship is taking on water’

There's a lot of deck chair arrangements in this thread, plus some blaming of governments as if that's the one that is preventing people from travelling. I think the reality is that demand has taken a massive hit, and even a big permanent hit. Business travel will not return to the same level it was...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

a tiny amount of the material had been trapped within a bore hole less than 2mm across.


No wonder it didn't get removed. Interesting.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Oct 22, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: NAWS China Lake F/A-18 Crash
Replies: 17
Views: 2394

Re: NAWS China Lake F/A-18 Crash

"You can't believe what that handle does"

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Oct 04, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Concorde 4590: Could It Have Landed?
Replies: 60
Views: 13960

Re: Concorde 4590 : Could It Have Been Landed ?

It was a thin aluminium can, and it was in engulfed massive fire. There's no way it could have survived even the short time needed to reach Le Bourget. And yes, the fire was sufficiently around the aircraft structure to cause a major problem: https://bucket.mg.co.za/wp-media/2019/03/a3533fc4-contine...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Sep 30, 2020 5:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Question about flight AA11 on 9/11.
Replies: 69
Views: 10797

Re: Question about flight AA11 on 9/11.

TTailedTiger is making this about the action and fight. But it wasn't about that it - as usual with many situations - it was about *information*. TTailedTiger has the information today, but he didn't have it at 2001, nor did anyone else. At the time, the scenario was thought to be well understood an...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

People have to remember two things: it is a unique launch requirement, and that price does not equal cost. It should not be surprising that in a competitive situation, the one with lower costs will tend to have prices moving towards other vendor's prices, particularly when it is a demanding/special ...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 116961

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Dominic Gates quotes a new WSJ article: " Mr. Teal, who as the MAX’s chief engineer personally signed off on MCAS ... told investigators he approved MCAS without knowing that a malfunction of a single sensor could trigger the system to repeatedly push down a plane’s nose and possibly lead to a...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Removes 8 x 787 From Service over Structural Issues
Replies: 182
Views: 40587

Re: Boeing Removes 8 x 787 From Service over Structural Issues

I get that a potentially large number of aircraft are affected. But it would be good to understand better the exact physics/engineering situation. Off from tolerances by how much? How much additional force does this cause to the parts in question? What's the amount of load those parts can take? If t...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments
Replies: 16
Views: 4436

Re: Rocket Labs - Tests, Launches, Developments

WKTaylor wrote:
Using a heavy helo for 'airborne recovery' is a sketchy proposition.


Indeed. I'll be interested to see how that goes.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Aug 24, 2020 7:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cargolux B748F „Not Without My Mask“ livery
Replies: 26
Views: 8089

Re: Cargolux B748F „Not Without My Mask“ livery

Great idea! Congrats!

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020
Replies: 613
Views: 65101

Re: SpaceX - Tests, Launches, Developments - 2020

The day you take it public, wall street will require charging separate luggage fee for astronauts's belongings. No more free ride for Mr. Dinosaur.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:40 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?
Replies: 40
Views: 4035

Re: Civil Airliners with the highest climb rate. MD11?

In any case, the MD-11 seems to feature high on these lists. It has a hight thrust to weight ratio. But why? They accidentally slapped too large engines on it? It performs better than the quads, for obvious reasons? But why better than two-engine ones? Or is this a remnant of the aircraft's much dis...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 16, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Do Military Aircraft make refueling stops while enroute or are they just refueled while flying?
Replies: 21
Views: 1799

Re: Do Military Aircraft make refueling stops while enroute or are they just refueled while flying?

RetiredWeasel wrote:
Flew an F-4 for 12 hours from George AFB, CA to Wildenrath AB, Germany non stop.


That's a long time on an F-4! Does that require also refilling the bottle tank from the bladder tank at some point en-route? :-)

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas
Replies: 1923
Views: 456602

Re: Atlas Air 3591 Down in Trinity Bay, Texas

And now NTSB releases its "determination": ​WASHINGTON (July 14, 2020) — The National Transportation Safety Board determined during a public board meeting held Tuesday that Atlas Air flight 3591 crashed in Trinity Bay, Texas, because of the first officer’s inappropriate response to an ina...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jul 11, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1753
Views: 50016

Re: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787

MIflyer12 wrote:
You asked this rhetorically but I'm going to respond anyway.


I'd suggest you should not try to assign motivations to people who you don't really know. I'm sure you wouldn't like others to claim motivations for yourself.

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jul 11, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Emirates Network & Fleet discussion 2020
Replies: 1753
Views: 50016

Re: Emirates: 777X further delayed until 2022, considering to convert more orders to 787

I predict cancellation of the whole type. I realise many here don't agree with that, almost done already etc. But, the aircraft aren't really needed.

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020
Replies: 97
Views: 24268

Re: Aircraft Values, And Lease Pricing - Winter 2020

This may be a time to start a new airline, then...?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qatari 747-8i BBJ flying mansion hits the market
Replies: 66
Views: 19976

Re: Qatari 747-8i BBJ flying mansion hits the market

I'll wait with my offer until the price drops under a thousand, and crude oil price becomes negative again :-) Seriously though, while wonderful, and great layout, I do wonder why private aircraft often have such old style decor. If I had a private yet, it would have a modern and/or cozy style. And ...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020
Replies: 716
Views: 116961

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q3 2020

Tentatively good news, congrats to all involved! But still some road ahead before final success can be announced. Keep working diligently rather than celebrate too early.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda A330 runs off runway
Replies: 17
Views: 7055

Re: Garuda A330 runs off runway

Thanks again mandala499 for your local, detailed information!

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 02, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Revisiting MH370
Replies: 185
Views: 24192

Re: Revisiting MH370

This isn't a very useful thread, we know literally nothing new since the previous threads. Some posts in this thread are either too eager to push a particular cause or slam another cause out of the realm of feasibility. We don't know. There's some information about the plane's route and found parts,...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jul 02, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 177200

Re: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s

Are most people who fly on Norwegian O&D or are a sizable number of them transfer? O&D where? Norwegian's network is quite a mesh, they do not (for instance) fly everyone to Oslo and then back somewhere else. I'd claim that by far most Norwegian flights are O&D to the endpoints of the f...

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by AirlineCritic
Wed Jul 01, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Norwegian News and Discussion - 2020
Replies: 1064
Views: 177200

Re: Norwegian Air Cancels Orders For 92 737 MAXs and 5 787s

airbazar wrote:
Their bread and butter was intra-Europe flights.


Yes, that's right.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA banned from Europe
Replies: 93
Views: 18395

Re: PIA banned from Europe

Sadly, this may have been the right action. Fake licenses and remarkably non-compliant flying in the recent accident would either one alone be cause for serious concern, but both... Here's hoping that this is the wake-up call to ensure that the credentials, training and staff is all as it should be.

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58995

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

You mean today? This is one flight where live streaming video from the cockpit would be useful...

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by AirlineCritic
Tue Jun 23, 2020 6:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 193545

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbHozXAU0AAgvtX?format=jpg&name=small Thanks for posting. The images are slanted in different ways, but it seems that the nose is down a bit, not entirely level. Do others agree? If the nose is down a bit, that is natural of course when there's no nose gear down, and...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jun 21, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Canadian C-148 Helicopter missing presumed crashed
Replies: 19
Views: 3143

Re: Canadian C-148 Helicopter missing presumed crashed

It is a surprising control function to have. I understand it in some ways (e.g., aircraft pitching down instead of stalling) but this particular case didn't seem like there was a need the aircraft to do this. What was the control system trying to achieve?

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by AirlineCritic
Thu Jun 18, 2020 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58995

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

What we don't seem to have had was the "come to Jesus" moment where Boeing admits it let commercial goals drive a series of unacceptable engineering decisions and FAA admits it left Boeing to its own devices far too much. At best we had some apologies without admissions. I can imagine tha...

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by AirlineCritic
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58995

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

One of my life maxims is that government, by its very nature, is fundamentally incapable of competence. And it certainly applies here. That is perhaps a bit of a one sided view into this issue. Common among some folks out there, very common in US for instance. But the problem is that many organisat...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58995

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020

Thank you Revelation for posting information about the proposed bill. I for one would like to see something like that. There's clearly a big role for the manufacturers in the certification process, but I would like to see some oversight in critical systems, and the proposed bill seems to be a reason...

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by AirlineCritic
Sat Jun 13, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 193545

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

What do you mean? Cockpit failures are the most common accident cause. Or did you mean cockpit failure in otherwise entirely unimpeded situation (no weather, no fuel shortage, no equipment failures)?

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58995

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, May 2020

they probably are better off not taking any new aircraft Indeed. (It is actually amazing how in tune Boeing has been with its customers. While Airbus continues to peddle their product to the customers even at these hard times, Boeing pre-emptively disabled their ability to deliver certified airplan...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First electrical airplane in the world certified !
Replies: 53
Views: 7339

Re: First electrical airplane in the world certified !

This is great news and a big milestone. Congratulations.

Evolution will move forward. This isn't perfect yet but ... it will improve. Lets see where we are after 10 or 30 years.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, Q2 2020
Replies: 607
Views: 58995

Re: Boeing 737MAX Grounding, General Discussion Thread, May 2020

The situation is in some sense good news, production starting (even with need for much less shipsets from Spirit). But when I read stuff like: The companies are now in the last stages of “mopping up bits and pieces” of its protracted re-development that has stretched more than 20 months ... I get wo...

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by AirlineCritic
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Selling Lounge Artwork to Raise Cash
Replies: 11
Views: 3601

Re: British Airways Selling Lounge Artwork to Raise Cash

What has the world has come to? If they are selling the lounge art, what's next? Selling lounge snacks for human consumption? I certainly hope not :-) I've spent a lot of time in those lounges, can't say I ever noticed.... Maybe they mean from the walls inside the head office. Seriously though, I ha...

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by AirlineCritic
Thu May 28, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 193545

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

That's small good news in this tragedy.

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by AirlineCritic
Wed May 27, 2020 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Nordwind A321 Rough Landing in Antayla
Replies: 41
Views: 11737

Re: Nordwind A321 Rough Landing in Antayla

ikarlson wrote:
This flight didn't have passengers on board


Yes, but the fish in the cargo hold were quite shaken.

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by AirlineCritic
Tue May 26, 2020 7:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.
Replies: 41
Views: 10326

Re: Swift Air loses part of vertical stabilizer in flight.

Indeed. Just because parts are not flight critical doesn't mean having them fly off and hit other parts of the aircraft is safe. We don't know how safe/unsafe that is, for all we know this crew might have gotten very lucky or just enjoyed the likely outcome. But I'm 100% certain that there are situa...

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by AirlineCritic
Sun May 24, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 193545

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Those dark marks are not just scraping, they are either oil/hydraylic fluid, or burn marks from the leaks and parts from the engine burning away.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 22, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 193545

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Nmcalba: great find indeed.

With that kind of damage... it is hard to imagine an engine could run for any longer period. Seems like today's aircraft was doomed as they lifted from the runway on the first landing attempt.

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by AirlineCritic
Fri May 22, 2020 1:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi
Replies: 740
Views: 193545

Re: PIA A320 (flight PK8303) crashes in Karachi

Sad day. Thinking about the people impacted by this. But maybe we are jumping to conclusions quite quickly here. As we know, information in the first few moments is quite error-prone. We have reports of go-around, gear problems, and engines going out. All or none of these may turn out to be true. If...

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