Aviation Disasters: The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950

Aviation Disasters: The World's Major Civil Airliner Crashes Since 1950

David Gero

Language: English

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0750931469

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Meticulously researched and supported by pictures from all over the world, this new edition of the authoritative work on the subject brings the grim but important story of air disasters up to date. Fully updated, includes all major air accidents since the last edition was published in 2000, for example, Alaska Airlines MD-83 (January 2000), Concorde Air France (July 2000), plus a full account of the September terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentegon, and  then goes on to crashes worldwide up to and including Sosoliso Airlines DC-9 (October 2005).

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hydraulic systems. It was further revealed that foreign material could lodge between the PCU servo valve primary and secondary slides or between the secondary slide and the valve housing, causing a jam in the mechanism. Also, the servo valve of N513AU may have been more susceptible to jamming because of its tighter clearances. Occurring just before, but not related to the upset, was an encounter by the 737 with the wake turbulence of a Delta Air Lines Boeing 727–200 jet that had been flying

range value (RVR) for 05L was above the minimum requirement. The wind was blowing from a north-north-easterly direction at 30 knots, with gusts of more than twice that velocity. Two months earlier, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) had been issued concerning the closure of the runway, and this warning was also contained in an automatic terminal information service (ATIS) transmission that was being broadcast on the night of the accident. The three members of the flight crew, who included a relief

August 2005 (c. 03:00) Location: Near Machiques, Zulia, Venezuela Operator: West Caribbean Airways (Colombia) Aircraft type: McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (HK-4374X) The jetliner crashed and burned in a cattle-ranching area approximately 70 miles (110 km) south-west of Maracaibo. All 160 persons aboard perished in the accident, including its crew of eight; the passengers were all tourists from the West Indian island of Martinique. Having taken off earlier from Panama, HK-4374X was on a

some 100 ft (30 m) to the left of the extended centreline of the runway, then struck a slightly elevated access road and began to break up. In the impact and subsequent fire, which was started by an explosion in the left wing and then spread to the fuselage, 59 persons aboard (55 passengers and four crew members) were killed. Among the 98 survivors, who included all three flight crewmen and 10 of the 14 cabin attendants, 54 persons suffered injuries and 44 escaped unscathed. The cause of the

to deviate below the proper glide path, and as it descended towards the ground both the down draught and the longitudinal (head and tail) wind component continued to increase. Its undercarriage extended and flaps set at 30 degrees, the jetliner began striking approach light towers some 2,400 ft (730 m) from the runway threshold, then rolled into a steep left bank after the outboard section of its port wing was severed. The 727 continued through more light stanchions, burst into flames and

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