Re: Questions about the DH Comet

Date:         25 Sep 97 01:39:44 
From:         bizfixer@aol.com (Bizfixer)
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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.