Date: 25 Sep 97 01:39:44 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bizfixer) Organization: AOL http://www.aol.com References: 1 Followups: 1
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It was my understanding that after several Comet crashes, Boeing (on request of BAC) did an emersion test, cycling the fuselage through pressurizations, and found the fault at several (including windows) square joints. As for the Aloha failure, corrosion is a huge problem in the Hawaiian Isalnds. In 1987, an overhaul co. I was running got an HAL DC-8 in for a D-check. We found enough corrosion in the fuselage to guess that if had landed hard at VNY, it would have broken in two! You could break major stuctural parts by hand! I suspect this had a good deal to do with the Aloha incident. For whatever it's worth.