The Deadly Spiral

The phenomenon is known by many names death spiral, graveyard spiral, suicide spiral, vicious spiral. It has been with us since the Wright Brothers, and over the years has claimed many pilots and airplanes, heavy iron and flibs alike. Legendary NWA captain Paul Soderlind looks at two classic cases, both four-engine transports flown by seasoned airline crews. He then discusses how and why these spirals develop, how to avoid them, and what to do if you find yourself in one.

Enter the e-mail address of the recipient. Multiple addresses need to be separated by commas.

Note: Your e-mail address, and that of your recipient, will be used only in the case of transmission errors and to let the recipient know who sent the story. The information will not be used for any other purpose.