From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Chilukuri) Organization: Univ of California at San Diego Date: 07 Jul 96 14:09:00 Followups: 1 2 3 4 5
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Delta Flt 1288, and MD-88 flight from Pensacola to Atlanta had the port engine fly apart during takeoff ground roll. Photographs in a local newspaper suggest that the engine threw a fan blade. The inlet appears to have been sliced at a station plane, with corresponding gash on the fuselage. The undamaged first stage of the booster is clearly visible. I believe that the JT8D engine has kevlar blade containment on the fan case, but not in the inlet. Does anyone know whether the fuselage is locally beefed up to absorb the energy of a blade impact? FARs require all components to remain on the engine, even after a blade-out event. The inlet has clearly been severed and has departed the aircraft during the Flt 1288 accident. Krish Chilukuri PS: What in the world is that large elliptical structure that is laying on the ground, just ahead of the fire truck? PPS: Mary Shafer - We've never met, but --- were you at the Joint Propulsion Conference last week? I thought I saw you walk past me in the parking lot on the last day.