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originally posted by: Phoenix
Whatever happened they had no chance as witnesses would have described revving engines as pilots attempted to get some forward motion and put air across wings for spin recovery.
My guess is couldn't even get to thottles.
originally posted by: ThePeaceMaker
A witness said they saw and engine on fire. Could it be possible the aircraft had an engine fail for whatever reason and debris severed the right hand side stabiliser eventually causing it to detach from the fuselage. I wouldn't of though if an aircraft lost one of the stabilisers but the rest of the aircraft was intact that it would cause such a disaster. I suppose it's in its name though .. a stabiliser
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: Phoenix
The question with the smoking engine is, what kind of smoke did he see? The T56 used in the older C-130s, like this one, smoked on their own when operating normally. They leave a nice, visible trail that you can use to find the aircraft under some conditions.
So was it a thin, brownish trail from the engine? Or a black thick trail? One is normal, the other is an indication of something very wrong.