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What the air traffic controller had observed was the separation of the cargo door, which occured at a height of 11,000 feet over the village of Saint-Pathus - at a point when the cabin pressure should have still roughly equalled that at sea level. As with the American Airlines DC-10, the loss of the door caused a sudden depressurisation, which was followed by the failure the cabin floor. However with the extra weight imposed on the structure, the collapse was more extensive, and six occupants in two triple-seat units were ejected through the opening.
The was serious damage not only to the elevator and rudder cables, but to the no.2 engine thrust levers as well. The nose of the aircraft dropped to about 4 degrees before the DC-10 ploughed into a forest at more than 500 knots, and while banking slightly to the left, disintegrating into a huge fireball. All 346 persons aboard, including 12 crew members perished. The main wreckage was strewn over an area approximately 2,300 feet long and 300 feet wide, some 25 miles north-north-east of the French capital. There were only a few small post crash fires, as there were virtually no pieces large enough to burn.
Originally posted by eyewitness86
reply to post by L driver
No way. No airplane can suirvive crashing at right under 500 MPH. No way. It would be in shreds from the body and engines and large pieces scattered around the area. I want to see the verification of that tale.
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Shanksville was a much steeper impact. Turkish Airways 981 was trying NOT to crash. It hit the ground at a relatively flat angle compared to flight 93.
Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen
L Driver, and Earth Citizen 07, well said
I know individuals at the Pentagon who personally witnessed the plane plow into the building, and to hear so many people call them liars is an absolute disgrace.