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    Unflyable Plane, The

    Although operating procedures didn't cover the explosion, by great skill and teamwork, the plane was landed at a close airport, saving the lives of the majority on board.


    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 policymaking
    • Aircraft safety design issues
    • Training and accreditation issues
    • Aircraft engineering

    BBC Disaster Series:
    The 10-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:
    CD with the following support material:

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


    Other DVDs in the Series:

    Spiral to Disaster: Piper Alpha Training Package

    Crash in the Dark: The Severn Tunnel Train Crash

    Fatal Error: Choosing the Wrong Engine Training Package

    Cut Price Tragedy Training Package

    Channel Tunnel Fire Training Package

    Major Malfunction Training Package

    Kansas City - Death by Design Training Package

    Wrong Stuff Training Package

    Piper Alpha: Human Price of Oil Training Package

    Kings Cross: Beneath the Flames Training Package


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    Country of production: United Kingdom  
    Duration: 30 minutes  
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