A330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 649 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 718 times:
this is NOT an accident but an incident, because an incident is an occurence in which a person is fatally or seriously injured (exept self inflicted injuries, natural causes, stowaways hiding outside normal pax.areas) as a result of : being in the aircraft or in direct contact with the aircraft including pieces that became detached from aircraft or direct exposure to jetblast.
OR, the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure which adversely affects stuctural strength, performance or flight characteristics and would normally require repair or replacement of affected components.
exept for engine failure/damage when limited to engines,cowlings and accessories, or to props., wing tips, antennas, tyres,brakes, fairings, small dents/puncture holes in skin or aircraft is missing or aircraft is missing or completely inaccessible.
just to be clear on the difference incident/accident.