B-757 Almost Off a Cliff

Date:         18 Apr 98 00:49:34 
From:         digitalel@aol.com (Digital El)
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A US Airways Boeing 757 nearly rolled off a waiting area near runway 28R
at PIT on Wednesday, 15 April. Apparently, the waiting area is slightly
banked and the plane started to roll backwards--towards a 20-foot drop
and onto a roadway below. The crew reported faulty brakes following the
incident. Home video from a passenger shows the main gear just a few
feet from cliff's edge.

My question: What is likely to have happened, had the plane fallen some
20-feet? Casualties? Explosion? ...or did perhaps the local news blow
the incident out of proportion (as usual)? Could an airframe withstand
such an unpredictable beating?

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