Ditching: now and then

Flight International reader Bob Cooper stumbled upon an article that refers to an Aeroflot TU-124 that ditched into the River Neva in October 1963.

He notes similarities to the recent US Airways A320 ditching incident into New York’s Hudson River.

David Learmount, Flight’s safety and operations editor wrote a blog post following the US Airways A320 incident to explain how ditching should be done.

In the post he says that ditchings are commonplace, although they rarely involve large modern jet airliners and he lists the jet ditchings that had taken place in the last ten years.

Mr Cooper noted, as an aside that there “is also a good photo of the new hangar in the construction stage for the BUA VC-10. This Hangar was pulled down last year, that’s progress for you.”

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