- Jan 9, 2006
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Thank God all of the passengers are alive. But, do they cut up the floor to retrieve any animals that might be aboard? The kids asked, so it got me thinking...
I'd like to say congrats to the First Officer for the great job he did. The F.O. never gets any respect. Everybody thinks that it's the captain and his monkey gear handle puller.
A little luck never hurts either, having the tanks 4/5 full of Air turns the jet into a pontoon. Not that the crew did not do a great job, just lucky they were not on their way to PHX.
Jet-A is lighter than water and would have the same effect. There would likely be a difference in total buoyancy, but the fuel did not make the airplane sink.
Remember, they used bladders filled with diesel to raise the big piece of steel from the Titanic.
No, the fuel did not make the plane sink. It sank when all the air was displaced from the fuel tanks.
They used diesel in the bladders because fluid cannot be compressed. If air had been used, it would have expanded to the point of bursting the bladder as it ascended.
The part about there being a difference in total buoyancy is accurate, there is a BIG difference.