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747 Turns Back After Losing Part Of Wing  
User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 12099 times:


Part of the wing fell off of a 747 flying from Hong Kong to Thailand, but the pilot turned back and landed safely as frightened passengers shot pictures of the hole in the wing, reported Reuters today (Monday).

Orient Thai Airlines flight OX262 to Chiang Mai had been in the air for 18 minutes on Thursday when the crew radioed Hong Kong for permission to return because of an unspecified mechanical problem, Grace Ng, a spokeswoman for the Civil Aviation Department, said.

Some passengers were alarmed to see a gap in the left wing of the Boeing 747-200.

They took pictures through the cabin windows and supplied them to local newspapers that displayed them prominently in today's editions.

After the jet landed, Hong Kong ground inspectors found that the top of the wing was missing a panel that measured 80cm by 100cm, Ng said.

Investigators were trying to determine why it fell off, but Ng said there had been no danger of a crash.

The Oriental Daily News said about 300 people were aboard the flight, but Ng was unable to provide any figures.


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http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,8101188%255E1702,00.html

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User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11680 times:


Photo from Oriental Daily


Photo from YahooHK/Sing Tao Daily




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User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11582 times:

Something similar happened to me on a Thai Airways flight fm BKK - SIN on TG 413 in 1988. A part of the wong similarly peeled off like this but the peeled portion remained on the wing of the A300. I pointed it out to the stewardess who them mumbled in Thai to herself. Minutes later, the FO presumable came to my window and stared at it for a while.

Nothing much was told to the passengers because the flight continued safely to Singapore (I was hoping for a diversion because it was the end of my holiday...  Big grin). However, after landing in Changi, the onward flight to JKT was delayed.



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User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 11242 times:

Looks like a case of delamination.

User currently offlineBritair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 9830 times:

Thanks for the photo's Cathay_Pacific, I was looking for them on the net to no avail. Does anyone know the rego of the aircraft &/or who its previous owner/s was/were?

User currently offlineN754pr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 9528 times:

Its HS-UTB / 747-246B / 20529/192 ex TF-ABQ of Air Atlanta and JA8113 of JAL.

User currently offlinePetrouchka From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 109 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 8546 times:

Ryanair!!! said:
A part of the wong similarly peeled off

Ouch! That sounds painful!!  Smile


User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4738 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7705 times:

I meant to type "WING", dunno why it came out "WONG"... I even went into the edit to change it but it still came out as a name... I gave up.  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineRP TPA From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 852 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7683 times:

Wing.....Wong...
Well, it WAS a flight in the Orient, so I guess either would be correct.


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