posted on Mar, 2 2013 @ 09:25 PM
Straight from my pilot buddy: At high speeds, rudder control will keep the a/c on a straight trajectory and should keep it straight enough while
reverse thrust is applied. At that point, some veering may occur but not enough to run into terminals or control towers or into the ocean. Once
slowed enough, standard nose braking and steering will be of no consequence.
His view of the event is that the plane was not in immediate danger since such a failure on this type of a/c is limited to the steering of the nose
gear at lower speeds. Pilots train for these situations and can utilize the aircraft's characteristics to land the plane straight regardless of
ability to "steer" it; even though such steering is achieved by aerodynamic forces rather than mechanical to a certain point.