Originally Posted by 127
As has been proved by the Aloha Airlines plane which landed safely after losing a large chunk of it's fuselage in flight. See picture.
Last edited by Andy K; 06-15-2005 at 09:02 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
Small planes are made differently than large commercial jets. The small plane, like a high wing monoplane, has a completely different structure than a 747. The picture Andy posted is a good example of structural integrity. You can see how the keels (similar to the backbone of a ship, longitudinal members to which ribs are connected, then the skin) function without the skin's support.
The aircraft in question had a problem with corrosion, which caused a catastrophic failure of a part of the airframe and skin during flight. It's amazing to me that the ship didn't fold and crash on landing, but I would wager a large stout against a small pilsner that the pilot's pucker factor was 10.0 on touchdown. tim