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    Re: Hole ripped in jetliner at 29,000 ft

    While it is not uncommon for metal panels to be lost from aircraft in flight, he said: "It's relatively rare that when a bit falls off the airplane it causes the sort of instance that we saw in relation to Qantas.

    Not uncommon? Really?



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    Re: Hole ripped in jetliner at 29,000 ft

    Ok, I know this is bad, but how many of you thought of LOST when you found out an Australian airline had a problem? :)



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    Re: Hole ripped in jetliner at 29,000 ft

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    Ok, I know this is bad, but how many of you thought of LOST when you found out an Australian airline had a problem? :)
    Not I. Never seen a minute of the show.

    Anyway, I think there were probably a lot of shorts that needed to be changed upon landing. This is why I always wear the seatbelt while on airliners even if I'm not needing to get up and move around.



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    Re: Hole ripped in jetliner at 29,000 ft

    That's a very interesting place to have a piece come off. There just isn't any stress on that part, except for pressurization and the airstream.

    The main spar, which is the most important bit, is quite a bit farther back from that. And the hole doesn't show any signs of an explosion, or anything like that.

    Missing a line of rivets leads me to want to look into who did the last "C" check on that aircraft. I would guess most probably, on a 17 year old aircraft, that could be age or corrosion, but I'd bet that it's maintenance related, for sure.


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