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Has any commercial airliner ever flown inverted, either intentionally (extremely unlikely) or during an upset?

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  • $\begingroup$ (I know that the linked question does not ask the same question, but the first answer is a commercial airliner so it still answers your question) $\endgroup$ – Sanchises Aug 20 '20 at 12:41
  • $\begingroup$ There was a flight a good while ago that had (IIRC) and engine explosion that crippled most of the controls, and inverted was the only way the airplane would fly -- they flipped upright again just before crashing, with some survivors. $\endgroup$ – Zeiss Ikon Aug 20 '20 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ In 2018, an employee out of SeaTac stole a Q400 and did a number of aerobatic maneuvers before crashing warning, possibly disturbing/language. $\endgroup$ – Ron Beyer Aug 20 '20 at 21:56
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FedEx Flight 705, a DC-10-30 cargo plane, flew at 140 degrees (40 deg off being level inverted) after an attempted hijacking. The FO, Jim Tucker, flew the plane inverted to attempt to throw the would-be hijacker off-balance. The hi-jacker was dead-legging, and was worried that he was about to be sacked by FedEx.

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