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On 24 May 1988, the pilots of TACA Airlines flight 110 achieve one of the most remarkable deadstick landings in commercial aviation history. Investigators have to determine why the engines of a brand new Boeing 737-300 failed in mid-flight. Written by Allister Coots

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When the flight attendant opens the door after the emergency landing, it opens outwards - the cabin door on the airliners are of plug door variety, and they always open inwards. (The next shot, from the outside, clearly shows the door opened inwards.) See more »

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Lucky Levee.
4 September 2016 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

A Boeing 737 of a small, family-run, Salvadorian airline is approaching New Orleans from Beliz and is some miles from the city when both of its engines quit in the middle of a fierce hailstorm. The airplane is now a very heavy glider with lots of passengers, losing 1,500 feet every minute.

The pilot is able to restart both engines at a lower altitude but they quickly flame out for good, and the crew realize they are too far from the nearest airport to reach it.

The pilot lines up to ditch in one of the many canals around New Orleans but at the last minute sideslips the airplane and lands on the wet grassy turf of a levee, with no damage to the airplane or its passengers. It's a superb feat of airmanship. A sideslip is easy enough in a light airplane but a heavy airliner with no power it's a different and dangerous maneuver.

Every possible cause for the flameout is considered and the chief problem turns out to be that hail accumulates in the combustion compartment of the jet engine and at reduce power causes the engine to fail.

After the landing, the aircraft, weight several tons, begins to sink into the bog. How do they get it out? They refurbish the engines, replace them, and fly it out, using test pilots. Whatever the test pilots are being paid, it's not enough.


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