Britair From United Kingdom, joined Aug 1999, 933 posts, RR: 15 Posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12722 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.
Ryanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4778 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12205 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... ). However, after landing in Changi, the onward flight to JKT was delayed.
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