Would it have been possible for the pilots of alaska airlines flight 261 to recover control and land after the jackscrew gave way?

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  • Nope - their fate was sealed when they lost the elevator control.

  • Anonymous
    2 weeks ago

    The jackscrew didn't "give way". It moved the wrong way, jammed, and everything the flight crew did made it worse. Eventually the stabilizer was so far out of trim, that elevator inputs couldn't overcome it. It was a result of wrong maintenance procedures on the jackscrew itself.

    Source(s): Worked with this system for 18 years. Before and after the crash.
  • KaleyK
    Lv 7
    2 weeks ago

    NO  .... the overstrained jackscrew assembly failed completely and the jackscrew separated from the acme nut holding it in place. The aircraft rapidly pitched over into a dive.  The pilots continued attempts to regain control of the aircraft.  The pilots

    attempted to fly the aircraft upside-down.  However, the aircraft was far beyond recovery.  The dive was inverted, nose down, and hit the ocean surface at a high speed.

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