Just wondering - has there ever been a case of a succesful landing of a sizeable aicraft (let's say 100 seat+) away from an airport, in which the hull has remained intact, and there have been no fatalities?
Two spring to mind, but neither quite fits what I'm thinking of:
1) The Gimli Glider - but that was still the site of an air base, and the plane was allowed to fly away afterwards.
2) Hudson river - although in that case the aircraft was still written off. Presumably, it could have been repaired, but the cost of replacing so much electronics would have been beyond the cost of a new plane?
I know there are loads of cases of smaller planes landing on roads. I'm really wondering what would happen if a larger aircraft came down on a motorway (not Kegworth style), or a flat field, and only incurred minimal damage. Could it be refuelled and take off again, or could wings be removed for re-assembly at an airport?
DC-8 JA8032 named "Shiga" arrived in the San Francisco area after an uneventful flight from Tokyo. Normal communications were established, and the crew was radar vectored to the Woodside VOR and thence to intercept the ILS for runway 28L at San Francisco. The flight crossed the Woodside VOR at 17:16 at approximately 4,000 feet and, at 17:18:30, was cleared to descend to 2,000 feet . The flight descended in a constant, uninterrupted rate of descent from this time until about 6 seconds before water impact at 17:24:25. The aircraft was on the localizer and contacted the water about 2,5 miles from the end of runway 28L. There were no injuries to any of the passengers or crew during the accident and ensuing evacuation. The aircraft was recovered from the waters of San Francisco Bay about 55 hours after the accident. Repairs were carried out by United Air Lines and the plane was delivered back to JAL on March 31, 1969.
TACA Flight 110 (Boeing 737) During descent from FL350 for an IFR arrival to New Orleans, the flight crew noted green and yellow returns on the weather radar with some isolated red cells, left and right of the intended flight path. Before entering clouds at FL300, the captain selected continuous engine ignition and activated engine anti-ice systems. The crew selected a route between the 2 cells, displayed as red on the weather radar. Heavy rain, hail and turbulence were encountered. At about FL165, both engines flamed out. The APU was started and aircraft electrical power was restored while descending through abou FL106. Attempts to wind-mill restart the engines were unsuccessful. Both engines lit-off by using starters, but neither would accelerate to idle; advancing the thrust levers increased the EGT beyond limits. The engines were shut down to avoid a catastrophic failure. An emergency landing was made on a 6060 feetx120 feet grass strip next to a levee without further damage to the aircraft. Investigation revealed that the aircraft encountered a level 4 thunderstorm but engines flamed out, though they had met the FAA specs for water ingestion. The aircraft had minor hail damage; the #2 engine was damaged from overtemperature. The 737 took off from the field on June 6.
I don't think you will find that in most of Capetonian's examples that the hulls remained intact and there were no fatalities!
True, but ..... I looked a couple of them up and .......
On 7 August 1980, a Tupolev 154B-1 operated by Tarom Romanian Airlines ditched in the water, 300m short of the runway at Nouadhibou Airport (NDB/GQPP), Mauritania. 1 passenger out of 168 passengers and crew died. so the hull must have been pretty sound.
On 22 November 1968, Japan Airlines Flight 2, a DC-8-62, landed short of the runway in San Francisco Bay on approach to San Francisco International Airport. There were no fatalities, and the aircraft itself was in good enough condition to be removed from the water, rebuilt, and flown again.
On 21 August 1963, an Aeroflot Tupolev Tu-124 ditched into the Neva River in Leningrad after running out of fuel. The aircraft floated and was towed to shore by a tugboat which it had nearly hit as it came down on the water. The tug rushed to the floating aircraft and pulled it with its passengers near to the shore where the passengers disembarked onto the tug; all 52 on board escaped without injuries.
On December 27, 1991, SAS 751, an MD-81 crash landed at Gottröra, Sweden. In the initial climb both engines ingested ice broken loose from the wings (which had not been properly de-iced before departure). The ice damaged the compressor blades causing compressor stall. The stall further caused repeated engine surges that finally destroyed both engines, leaving the aircraft with no thrust. The aircraft landed in a frozen field and broke in three parts. No fire occurred and all aboard survived.
That was the famous flight to Warsaw, they interviewed one of the pax, a typically stoic Swede.
I forget his exact words, but it was along the lines of :
"The 'plane was going along the runway quite normally and took off, then went back to the ground. There was fire and the 'plane broke into several parts, and the fire spread, and I thought : This could be fairly serious."
I'm sure a DC-9 or similar landed on a motorway in Scandiland way back (not sure if it fitted Jabird's seat requirements) and was there not an upcock with kg/ltrs or lbs a while back in Canada which resulted in a landing on a race-course? Airbus??
I seem to recall that a KAL B707 was forced down in the USSR somewhere and landed, under control, on a frozen lake. The Capt had flown in entirely the wrong direction and the Ruskies got a bit tense and fired off a few rounds to attract his attention. I can't remember what happened to the aircraft but I think all on board got out of it OK.