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The Hero of United Flight 232

08/27/2019 7:51 AM

Al Haynes passed away recently. He's the pilot who managed to save 184 of 296 passengers by flying his DC-10 without hydraulics. Done by manipulating the engine thrust. What an amazing accomplishment!

https://www.npr.org/2019/08/26/754458583/al-haynes-pilot-from-miraculous-1989-crash-landing-has-died

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_232

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08/27/2019 11:03 AM

The Boeing 737 Max MCAS development team should take a moment to understand why you see pictures of Al Haynes and Sully Sullenberger in the dictionary when you look up the term "Pilot In Command".

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08/28/2019 9:17 AM

Reminds me of reading about a B-52 test flight many years ago. The plane lost its entire tail assembly--that, of course, means no tail at all, vertical and horizontal guidance were gone! The test pilots (Boeing??) flew this crippled plane several hours (I think it was) to a safe landing. Incredible flying was all a friend who was a B-52 pilot said.

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08/28/2019 9:21 PM

Thanks, I was hoping someone would find more details than I remembered.

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08/28/2019 9:58 PM

Fortunately, it seems the damage was only to the vertical stabilizer. The vertical stabilizer controls the yaw of the airplane. The drag of the fuselage probably helped stabilize the yaw while balancing engine thrust provided some control.

Had the damage been to the horizontal stabilizer, there would have been no pitch control, and the plane would have been instantly unflyable.

Still, great piloting skills!

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08/28/2019 2:10 PM

So, no more manuals?

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