Date: 07 Aug 99 01:22:58 From: "Anthony Rassias" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: OzEmail Ltd, Australia References: 1
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Air time in itself isn't the life determining factor as much as the number of pressurisation cycles the aircraft has undergone in its life. Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-297 registration N73711 had 33,726 flying hours and an astonishing 85,300 cycles (at the time the second hightest number of cycles in the worldwide 737 fleet) when involved in a catastophic fuselage failure incident between Hawaii and Maui....think about it...that's 24 minutes per cycle. Of course the salt air and humidity didn't help either.