Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Eastern Airlines N310EA Post Crash Archived Techincal Records Review

A view of the well blended intake of the Lockheed L-1011 number two engine position. Unlike the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 of a similar second engine, tail mounted design, the Lockheed design had an esthetically pleasing form and function when compared to the DC-10 which appeared as an after though in design.
The front page of the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) Aircraft Accident Report (File No. 1-0016) concerning Eastern Airlines Flight 401 Lockheed L-1011-1 N310EA (s/n 1011)

NTSB form 1765.2 (11/70) Eastern Airlines Flight 401 Crash Report No. (NTSB-AAR-73-14) / Work unit No. 1018-C / Security Classification of this report UNCLASSIFIED.

Miami, Florida February 21st 2009: Holding weekly research and review meetings at the offices of Mr. Ron Infantino, and having obtained historical, technical post crash records and reports, the Flight 401 Group has noted a few eye raising issues discovered form the information being utilized and of which the Group wishes to bring to light concerning the crash.
Employing the combined talents of the entire group with the recollection of those who were there that night, those who experienced it first hand and survived to the application of the professional aviation knowledge being applied through both Mr. Benny Benitez technical aircraft accident investigation background and Ms. Catherine Smallwood Commercial pilot, FAA CFI, CFII, MEI, Gold Seal Flight Instructor, CRM operational background a new light is being shed.
Despite, the accident having occurred 37 years ago many new and interesting facts have already surfaced concerning the crash of 401 from the boxes of records that then were safe guarded by Eastern Airlines Corporate storage facility.
As the group process with the analysis and review of this data, future articles shall be created and thus posted. In the interim, should there be any specific queries, comments and / or concerns, please drop the group a line at our email ( EALFLT401@gmail.com )

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