Call911mfc From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 54 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 20281 times:
I can't find any more about what happened to the UA 747 Reg N4713U flying as flight 811 that had an explosive decrompression en route from HNL to Aukland/Sydney back in 1989. The cargo door failed and tore off a large section of fuselage on the right side, taking out several rows of seats and 9 passengers as well.
I grew up in Hawaii under the flight path to HNL and I remember it coming in over the house late that night. I thought it unusual since noise abatement forced them to an overwater approach from 0700-1900.
I can't find any info about the aircraft after the incident. I was curious if it was repaired and returned to service or was the airframe scrapped?
If anyone knows any info, it would be greatly appreciated.
EFCar98 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 19647 times:
I remember seeing a mini documentary on 20/20 about ten years ago that exposed the fact that the plane involved in that incident was put back into service. United was portrayed as irresponsible for their choice to put it back in service.
Virgin747 From Canada, joined Oct 1999, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 16759 times:
I see both sides.... I'd be upset too if I found out that the plane that killed a family member was put back into service considering they found a flaw in the 747.... But at the same time thats at the time a 80 million piece of machine doing nothing ... like a few other Boeing planes that have bit the dust, its just cheaper to repair them, then to go buy a new one.