Originally Posted by Frankie
There goes that 'F' word again. Wonder where I saw that earlier in the thread.
This is one of those holy ****ing shit type threads.....
Take a physics class.....ever?
The principle behind why this happened is pretty straight forward. If you want a real world practical example to illustrate to yourself go find a field with a large number of prairie dog holes in it. Start running in said field..while still running put a foot in one of the prairie dog holes and report back to us as to what happened.
Everything I'm sure was fine on the runway...once they ran off the front end is going to decelerate while the back wants to keep going forward. If the front nose gear bites into the soft ground and 'stops' then you're going to have the front of the plane stopped while the back of the plane wants to keep going forward and hence crunch like an accordion. If anything this type of crash shows exactly how strong the nose landing gear was. If it wasn't it would have likely sheared off.
Now explain how in flight you're going to have the front of the plane stop while the back of the plane wants to keep going? If you hit another plane sure that can happen...but then you probably have bigger concerns than the hull buckling.