BBC Disaster Series

The Unflyable Plane

United Airlines, McDonnell Douglas DC10 disaster

United Airlines, McDonnell Douglas DC10 disaster

 

Although operating procedures didn't cover the failure of 3 engines, by great skill and teamwork, the pilot and co-pilot landed the plane. the lives of the majority of passengers were saved.

 

 

 

DVD Price: $595.00*

Formats Available: DVD, Internet Licence, Corporate Licence

Duration:30 minutes

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On the afternoon of July 19, 1989, a United Airlines, McDonnell Douglas DC10 aircraft lost engine number two soon after take-off from Sioux City airport. The cockpit crew soon learned that not one, but all three hydraulic systems had failed.

The initiating factor was the disintegration of a fan in the number two (centre, tail) engine which caused the penetration of the hydraulics systems, and a loss of all three hydraulic controls.

The aircraft could have flown with just one of the hydraulic systems functioning, and emergency manuals covered ‘what to do’ in the event of a failure in any two systems, but not ‘what to do’ in the event of a failure of all three.

Employing great skill and teamwork, the Unflyable Plane was landed by the pilot and co-pilot at a nearby airport, saving the lives of the majority on board.

Subsequently, all DC10's were altered to prevent the recurrence of this problem.

Location: U.S.A.

Training Applications

  • Emergency procedures
  • Safety and rescue systems
  • Statutory policy making
  • Aircraft safety design issues
  • Training and accreditation issues
  • Aircraft engineering

 

BBC Disaster Series:

The 11-part BBC Disaster Series examines case studies of major disasters from around the world from various industries, such as oil and gas, transport, aviation, aeronautics and space, chemical manufacturing and hospitality. Read more

 

Contents of the package:

DVD
CD with the following support material:

  • Facilitator’s Guide, including Facilitator’s Checklist
  • Facilitator’s Slide Guide
  • Participants’ Handouts
  • MS PowerPoint presentation
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