Wednesday, February 8, 2006
A Sad Story
It certainly could have been worse. The crew got out OK, and the protections designed to keep a fire in check worked long enough for that. It'll be a year before the investigation is complete.
But such a sad end to a magnificent and useful 40-year life. If this were my company, I would say that I had flown this very aircraft on three legs in December, and had logged many an hour in this very engineer's seat over the past four and a half years. Many preflight inspections performed, tires kicked, wells climbed into, accumulators and reservoirs and cables and lines checked, takeoffs, landings, boxes moved.
One last leg to deliver her crew safely home. Safely enough. Good night, old girl.