Today I got a Facebook message from a relative of Jeanne Larmony concerning Jeanne’s 100th birthday. Jeanne was a passenger on ALM Flight 980, which I wrote about in my book 35 Miles From Shore. I remember visiting Jeanne in St. Maarten. I think she was about 88 or 89 when I met her. She […]
Yesterday was the thirty-fourth anniversary of TWA Flight 841. I flew to Minneapolis to interview two of the passengers on the flight. In the clip below, passenger Roger Peterson gives his perspective on the NTSB findings of probable cause.
You have a damaged airplane with some crucial parts missing from the plane after landing. How do you find those parts? The NTSB decided to publicize their search in both print and radio. Below is one of the actual newspaper articles that ran in a local Michigan paper (right-click and select open in new tab). […]
In an earlier post titled Garbage in, garbage out, I wrote about how the NTSB discounted the crew’s testimony and tried to rely solely on the physical evidence, which consisted of the CVR, FDR, and the damaged aircraft. The picture included here shows the missing #7 slat. It’s easy to see why the NTSB investigators, […]
In researching the TWA 841 roll-over incident, all evidence thus far points to a problem with the rudder. Investigators, however, were following a red herring involving the #7 slat. After all, it was a glaring clue staring them right in the face — a large gaping hole on the right side of the aircraft where the […]
The flight data recorder (FDR) on TWA 841 recorded just four parameters: altitude, g loads (vertical acceleration), heading, and airspeed. Today’s modern digital flight data recorders (DFDR) can record 28 parameters and even more on fly by wire aircraft. When the NTSB investigators decided that the crew was not being truthful due to the supposed […]