Updates on USAIR- 1549 and Continental crash in Denver; and rafts.

Posted on 29. Jan, 2009 by in Featured

USAIR -1549: A reliable industry source (flight test) tells me that both engines showed severe damage from the geese impact. One actually was still running slightly (sub idle) but with EGT (exhaust gas temperature) spiked it was producing no thrust. There was physical evidence of geese in both.

Continental crash in Denver: The same source reports that both engines were at takeoff power with no anomalies present. RUMOR passed to him; aircraft was actually becoming airborne when First Officer called for abort. Full rudder was not in, and the raising of the upwind wing as reported in a previous post was not effectively countered. The winglets no doubt will be looked at further, as will pilot inputs.

RAFTS: Apparently one of my readers was not the only one to notice a lack of “space” on the rafts in the USAIR -1549 incident. Keeping in mind that the rear rafts were not deployable, still American Airlines was concerned enough to do an audit on their fleet. The results are they are going to restrict the Boeing 767-300 to 228 passengers (236 currently) until they get bigger rafts in place. Why the change? We have gotten fatter. The average passenger weight has gone up significantly in the last 25 years.


A bit of humor never hurts; my brother sent me this.

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