Friday, April 8, 2011

Amazing air accident story - Qantas QF32

Just watching this which I prerecorded.

Amazing story. Not quite landing on the Hudson....

6 comments:

prairiecat55kc said...

Amazing. My dad used to say any landing you could walk away from was a good landing, but some are absolutely amazing.

missred said...

amazing story! so what was the cause, or did i just miss it in the story?

kae said...

Hi Prariecat, that's my thought, too!

Missred, it was an oil pipe in the engine, it was made weak by some maintenance work which reamed out the pipe to insert a filter - the reaming was uneven and left a weak spot in the pipe. The pipe gave way and oil went into the middle of the engine.

That the plane wasn't brought down by that is a miracle. Had the parts of the disintegrated disc pierced the fuselage the plane may well have torn itself apart.... as it was much of the control wiring was torn.

SezaGeoff said...

I am more worried by the damage to the front spar of the wing. A decompression can be handled by the emergency oxygen system, but if the wing falls off, it is sycamore time! I am overseas in the US at the moment, and have been changed to a 747 from a 380, so things still haven't settled down.

kae said...

It's not the decompression I'd be worried about.
It's the severing of vital control lines, hydraulics, electrics - and the propensity for the fuselage to tear apart if it is breached.
Safe journey, Seza!

Carol said...

Amazing landing indeed! It scares me to think that the probability of a plane crash is pretty much higher than getting struck by lightning or winning the lottery. I commend those pilots who were able to land the plane even under pressure.