Airliner crash lands at Heathrow

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  1. iGav macrumors G3

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    Judging by the television pictures, it was only a couple of hundred feet away from being another Kegworth. :eek:

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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    I don't see how this can be anything other than pilot error, in which case he or she is in a big pile of poop.

    edit: so, clearly I was very wrong in my assumption. bravo Mr Pilot fellow!
     
  3. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    Right when I am going to fly to LHR in 2 weeks.. and I'm so fearful of flying anyway :(
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Flying is still one of the safest forms of travel, and things like this are a one-in-a-million, freak occurrence.


    Anytime someone says they're scared of flying, I just tell them they are much more likely to die in a car accident on the way to the airport. Whether or not that helps, I dunno, but it's true
     
  5. Music_Producer macrumors 68000

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    Statistically.. it's the safest.. but personally, I would rather die in a car crash than a plane. It's just.. I'm not in control in a plane.. don't know what's going around. The worst bit is.. if something goes wrong, you have 35,000 feet left to know that you're going to die.

    Car crash is usually.. *BAM* .. and you're hurt.. or dead.

    Edit - I wish they still had ocean liners in service, lol
     
  6. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    You may be right. But let's not jump the gun.
     
  7. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    They do. Expensive though....
     
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    Well BBC News 24 is reporting the aircraft lost all power… apparently the pilot managed to "glide" the plane as far as it could go… so maybe not pilot error after all?
     
  10. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    But what would cause a catastrophic loss of power like that?

    Two engines at the same moment? Electrical fault, fuel shortage?
     
  11. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Looks like Boeing (or in this case Rolls-Royce) is going to have to do some serious investigating…

    A flock of Canada Geese could also have something to do with it apparently.
     
  12. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

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    And then in that instance, you have thousands of feet of deep blue to let you slowly know you're either going to drown or be crushed lol
     
  13. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    When a plane crashes, it's international news. You should check air traffic sometime- there's hundreds of planes in the air at any given time. Hundreds of flights per day. There's maybe one or two accidents per year, and people don't always die (see this one).

    I wouldn't be surprised if more people die in car accidents in one day than die in plane crashes in one year. There's really nothing to fear. :)

    I'd personally rather have a brief moment to think instead of having everything cut off suddenly.
     
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  15. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    They do. I think the last time I heard an ace fact about air travel was that in the world on average each year more people are killed putting their trousers on at the top of the stairs and falling down than in plane accidents.
     
  16. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I do that :eek:, thanks for the warning, will put them on before I leave my room.
     
  17. ::Lisa:: macrumors 6502a

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    Wow. Judging by where it landed those people on the roads would have been crapping themselves!
    Glad to hear there were no fatalities.
     
  18. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Vista perhaps?
     
  19. Word Warrior macrumors member

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    Fatal statistics?

    One person has a fatal accident every 22 seconds.
    ... and he's getting thoroughly fed up with it now. :D
     
  20. adk macrumors 68000

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    A little early to be saying that. According to the BBC the crew lost both engines and had to glide in. If they were a little low on approach (I guess technically an error, but normally easily correctable when the engines are working) the crew would have had no choice but to glide as far as they could.
     
  21. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I keep the door locked when I put mine on... Just in case. ;)
     
  22. emw macrumors G4

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    I don't believe there are any documented cases of airliners suffering a fatal malfunction at cruise altitude. It's common for planes to drop a couple hundred or more feet while hitting turbulence, but none has ever crashed as a result.

    Most airplane accidents will occur either just before landing (like this one) or just after takeoff. Not at high altitudes. So you wouldn't have that long to suffer, assuming you were even conscious.
     
  23. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I say, a medal as big as a GE90.

    The most infamous examples are those of the de Havilland Comet back in the 1950s, due to a fundamental design flaw.

    The Comet was the first jet airliner, and first flew in 1949.
     

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    From the sounds of it, the pilot saved the lives of everyone on board - the low approach could've been ordered from the tower because traffic.
     
  25. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Just had BBC News 24 on over tea, and ruddy nora every other news story was an update! I'd have liked to have heard more on our little Russian problem.
     

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