Re: Jetstream 31 question

From:         DMS@ECL.PSU.EDU (Dennis M Straussfogel)
Organization: Penn State Engineering Computer Lab
Date:         17 Jun 93 13:02:15 PDT
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In <airliners.1993.448@ohare.Chicago.COM> spagiola@FRI-nxt-Pagiola.Stanford.EDU writes:

> Has anybody noticed that Jetstream 31's almost always appear to have  
> replacement panels on the fuselage in line with the propeller disc?   


> First, just what exactly causes fuselage damage in line with the prop  
> disc that force panels to be replaced?


> Second, why are Jetstream 31s so much more susceptible to this kind  
> of damage?

Ice shedding from the props. Some aircraft are equipped with "ice shields" 
which are rubberized panels that absorb the impact of the ice chunks hitting
the fuselage. They would look like replacement panels from a distance. I don't
know if the Jetstreams is so equipped.