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Old 21-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #291
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The Boeing 727 is a mid-size narrow-body three-engine jet aircraft built by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It can carry 149 to 189 passengers and later models can fly up to 2,400 to 2,700 nautical miles (4,400 to 5,000 km) nonstop. Intended for short and medium-length flights, the 727 can use fairly short runways at smaller airports.. It has 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D engines below the T-tail, one on each side of the rear fuselage with a center engine that connects through an S-duct to an inlet at the base of the fin. The 727 is Boeing's only trijet aircraft..The 727 was heavily produced into the 1970s; the last 727 was completed in 1984. In July 2011, 23 727-100s and 227 727-200s were in airline service.. Airport noise regulations have led to 727s being equipped with hush kits..The Boeing 727 design was a compromise among United Airlines, American Airlines, and Eastern Air Lines requirements for a jet airliner to serve smaller cities with shorter runways and fewer passengers..In addition, the 727 has seen sporadic government use, having flown for the Belgian, Yugoslavian, Mexican, New Zealand, and Panama air forces, among the small group of government agencies that have used it.. The United States military used the 727 as a military transport, designated as the C-22..The Controlled Impact Demonstration (or colloquially the Crash In the Desert) was a joint project between NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aimed at acquiring data, as well as demonstrating and testing new technologies, with the intent of improving occupant crash survivability, by crashing a Boeing 720 aircraft..On the morning of December 1, 1984, the test aircraft took off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, made a left-hand departure and climbed to an altitude of 2,300 feet (700 m). The aircraft was remotely flown by NASA research pilot Fitzhugh Fulton from the NASA Dryden Remotely Controlled Vehicle Facility...

Since the first flight of the prototype in February 1963, a total of 118 of the 1,832 Boeing 727s built have been lost due to crashes, terrorist acts and other causes as of May 2014..

April 27, 1976, American Airlines Flight 625 crashed in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands due to pilot error while trying to land on a notoriously tricky runway. 37 of the 88 people on board were killed...

February 27, 1988, a Talia Airways 727-2H9 registration TC-AKD had been cleared for a VOR approach, but cancelled IFR and descended to 2000 feet, disregarding the altitude of the mountain chain ahead (3130 feet).. Noticing mountains ahead the pilot tried to turn left and climb, but struck the Girne Arap mountain in Cyprus. All 9 passengers and 6 crew members were killed...

April 27, 1994, a Transafrik 727-100F registration S9-TAN from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Luanda, Angola and touched down 2m short of the runway at the Mbanza Airport in Mbanza, Angola. The undercarriage struck a drainage ditch and collapsed. The aircraft continued onto the runway, veered right off the side of the runway and crossed a road, striking a bus with its right wing. All se7en occupants on the bus were killed and all 3 crew members on the aircraft survived.

November 7, 1996, an ADC Airlines 727-200 registration 5N-BBG went down near Ejirin, Nigeria when the pilots lost control after taking evasive action to avoid a midair collision. 144 people died in the crash.. July 7, 1999, a Hinduja Cargo 727-243F (registration VT-LCI), crashed shortly after takeoff from Kathmandu, Nepal at night due to a rain. Although the official findings listed crew errors as contributing factors, they failed to note the estimated cargo weight, (no scales there), was off by thousands of pounds due to the load of carpets having sat in the rain for many hours prior to loading on the aircraft. Due to the overweight, the aircraft was unable to make the required turns/climbs as per the SID to avoid the mountainous terrain. All 5 crew, including 2 mechanics, died in the crash..

2012 Boeing 727 crash experiment, the deliberate crash of a Boeing 727 in Mexico for the
Discovery Channel television show Curiosity ... you fly this plane, and land it?.Surely you can't be serious..Nervous?.Yes..First time?. No, I've been nervous lots of times..Excuse me, I happened to be passing, and I thought you might like some coffee..Oh, that's very nice of you, thank you..Cream?.. No, thank you, I take it black...and don't call me ShirLey...

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