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User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

Forgive me if I'm asking something that has been explained before.

The accident reportedly was caused by a 10-inch piece of metal that fell off a Continental DC-10.

What part was it exactly?

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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

I'm sure this thread is in the archives somewhere, but it was a piece of one of the Continental DC-10's thrust reversers. I don't know exactly what part, but it was large enough to cause damage to the Concorde's tyres to the point that at least one of them burst, sending fragments into the fuel tanks in the left wing.

User currently offlineIahcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3761 posts, RR: 40
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1412 times:
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The item in question is called a "rub strip". It's located between the foward cowling and the reverser assembly and acts as padding between the two components. The aircraft in question (ship 067) was retired from service some months ago, but the reverser assembly was removed from the aircraft not long after the event and has be under lock and key ever since.

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User currently offlineGordonroxburgh From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2000, 550 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1400 times:

It had been added during a repair. It had not been done correctly as it fell off, but more importantly The Rub strip had been made out of titanium, a very strong metal, alo when concorde's tyre came into contctact with it; it instantly shreded the tyre.

If it had been made in the correct material (Alumninum) Concorde would just have rode over it possibly causing a small burst, but not the complete disentergrated on the tyre; as one person said the titainum cutting through the highly stressed rubber of the tyre was like a hot knife through butter

User currently offlineBaldguy From Canada, joined May 2001, 148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1377 times:

Thanks for your info and for explaining in terms a non-mechanic can understand!

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