UPS707 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 356 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10112 times:
At least your link specified the door and made it somewhat accurate. The first I heard about it was http://news.yahoo.com/s/kcra/20070108/lo_kcra/10690889 and I was trying to figure out why they pushed on all the way to LA missing 'a door'. Guess it makes sense when you know it's not "The Door"
JohnKrist From Sweden, joined Jan 2005, 1381 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 8467 times:
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Quoting Memphis (Reply 13): how did they know that a gear door fell off? did someone from the groud, like ATC see something fall off and let em' know?
I would guess that the cavity that the gear bay is will produce a rather loud noise when air flows into it that is not supposed to sound with doors closed, and also a warning light that the door is not locked in place, or?
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That looks to me to be half of one of the folding main gear doors which cover the fuselage mounted main gear. It looks perfectly rectangular unlike the nose gear doors, which have two 90 degree cuts in their shape. It also has an indention where the wheel would be sitting in its retracted position.
Aogdesk From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 933 posts, RR: 4 Reply 21, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5766 times:
Did anyone actually SEE the door liberate itself from the airplane? Huh?
Just because a Kalitta bird lands without a gear door and there COINCIDENTALLY happens to be a gear door on the ground below the flight path that the plane JUST HAPPENED to be over, why do you ASSUME that you can connect the dots and that the plane and parts belong together?
Andrewuber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 43 Reply 22, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 4971 times:
Quoting JohnKrist (Reply 14): I would guess that the cavity that the gear bay is will produce a rather loud noise when air flows into it that is not supposed to sound with doors closed, and also a warning light that the door is not locked in place, or?
I know that in the 727/737 cockpits, we hear every sound from the nose gear and nose gear doors - but I almost doubt they'd hear anything at all in a 747 flight deck. There is quite a bit of metal between the cockpit floor and the nose gear bay, and it's quite a distance too.