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I know that I have an anti-flying reputation and I can assure you all that my attitude to air travel has not changed but this is the second air crash in recent weeks that has left me gob-smacked.

Emergency workers gather near the cockpit of the Turkish Airlines 737 in Amsterdam. Picture: Reuters

Emergency workers gather near the cockpit of the Turkish Airlines 737 in Amsterdam. Picture: Reuters

AMSTERDAM: Nearly all 134 people aboard a Turkish Airlines plane, which broke into three pieces when it crash landed in a Dutch field, have survived.

At least nine people died when the Boeing 737-800 crashed short of the runway while attempting to land at Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol Airport.

About 50 people were injured, 25 of them seriously, when the plane landed in the muddy field just metres from homes. Dutch NOS television said about 50 people escaped unharmed from the wreck.

No fire appeared to have been sparked on the plane, which left Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport at 8.22am (5.22pm AEDT) bound for Amsterdam. Schiphol Airport spokesman Rudd Wecer said the cause of the crash, which happened in normal weather conditions, was unknown.

Turkish Airlines chief executive officer Candan Karlitekin said in Ankara there were 127 passengers – including a baby – and seven crew aboard.

The reason that I am so pleasantly surprised is firstly there was no fire,  a blessing in any air crash and secondly the new generation aircraft has not disintegrated on impact and I suspect that that is down to the use of light weight composites in the machines construction. Both of these factors must have made a significant contribution to the survivability for those on board.

OK, none of this is enough to get me in the air but I will give very big tick to the engineers at Boeing on behalf of those who do fly in their planes.

Cheers Comrades 😉


6 Comments

  1. David Davidson says:

    Got to give Boeng credit Iain, they really are trying to learn the lessons.

    Being rated for these aircraft Iain, my own experience, is that they are constructed in modules. If the worst happens, and they hit the ground, they break up into these modules, rather than fragments. (hitting sides of mountains notwithstanding ?)

    Also, Boeng, after so many years experience, have installed redundancy, after redundancy. If one system fails, then you hit the computer, and select one of the redundancies, it boots, and takes over from the old, and off you go. As far as I am aware, there has never been a total failure. I remember, many years ago, whilst visiting the old Ansett simulators, in Essendon, where one of the techs, for laughs, landed the thing, in a one of the cross connecting taxiways at a simulated Tullamarine, all of just over 200 feet long. They are a magnificent, responsive, and very safe aircraft. I think Howard replaced his 707 for one, for the RAAF VIP fleet ?

    Fire is probably the main concern for any airborne craft. The 737 has multiple extinguisher systems, throughout the fuselage, with multiple sensors back to the cockpit, for heat and smoke. The electronic sensor network on these things is staggering ?

    Feel a little better now ?

  2. Iain Hall says:

    As i say in my post David I am happy to give many ticks to Boeing for the design of this aircraft and wasn’t the one that crashed into the Hudson river a 737 too?
    Top marks for good design but as I have said before I do not need to travel by air so I don’t.

  3. PKD says:

    As far as I am aware, there has never been a total failure.

    What about the Boeing 777 crash at Heathrow in 2008 David – the plane lost all power and flopped down short of the runway…

  4. David Davidson says:

    No I meant with the 737
    There have been many boeng crashes over the years I know.
    The 737, having flown it, is a very nice aircraft tho.

  5. PKD says:

    Ah ok – apparently the plane announcement came on welcoming passengers to Schipol airport why they were still a few hundred feet up – so maybe the altimeter got confused?

  6. Shawn Whelan says:

    I wonder if they ran out of fuel?
    Maybe that was why there was no fire.

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