Re: L1011 Explosive Decompression

Date:         03 Mar 99 10:19:29 
From:         kls@ohare.Chicago.COM (Karl Swartz)
Organization: Chicago Software Works, Menlo Park, California
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>On 8/24/95 a Tristar 1 of Delta (N781DL) suffered explosive decompression near
>Los Angeles. No passengers were killed. Yet it was no small incident, the hull
>was damaged beyond repair.

It was damaged beyond *economic* repair.  The aft pressure bulkhead
separated from the fuselage crown, so repairs would not have been cheap,
but the aircraft was 24 years old and at that point it doesn't take a
lot of damage to make the junkyard the best choice.

>Were there serious injuries ? How high was the aircraft at the time of the
>mishap? What was the cause of the failure?

No injuries other than some minor ear discomfort; the aircraft was at
FL330.  See http://www.ntsb.gov/aviation/LAX/95A303.htm for details.

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