Jiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (13 years 6 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2159 times:
Iberia probes why piece fell off 747 in Dec.
MADRID, Spain, April 11 (Reuters) - Spanish airline Iberia (IBLA.MC) on Thursday said it was investigating why a piece of fuselage broke off a Boeing 747 plane four hours into a flight between Madrid, Spain, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Spanish pilots' union Sepla said in a statement that the incident took place on the plane's first flight after having undergone an inspection in Beijing.
A spokeswoman for Spain's dominant airline confirmed the event, which took place on Dec. 5, 2001. ``The incident did take place and an investigation is being carried out,'' she said.
A sheet measuring one meter by 40 centimeters (15.75 inches) fell off but did not damage the plane's engines or the tail rudder and the flight continued on to the Argentine capital without further incidents, Sepla said.
Iberia in February said it needed to replace eight 747s now in service on its long-range routes -- predominantly between Spain and Latin America.
I guess this will make Iberia decide to retire 742s as soon as possible?
RogueTrader From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2077 times:
Did the pilots know something had broken off? This sounds like emergency landing on Ascension Island time to me. If there was a hole in the fuselage, I think this is a major risk factor for creating an even bigger hole that could really cause problems. Problems as in - passengers exiting the plane involuntarily and not via designated exits.
Gregg From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 327 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2036 times:
What part of the fueslage fell off? A piece of skin over the wing? A 40 cm piece of wing skin most likely would not cause any problems in flight.
I guess the author of the news article was not thinking clearly... As the inspection was done at Bejiing, and the piece fell off on the first flight after inspection, and that was from Madrid to Buenos Aires. Hard for a B747 to get from Bejiing to Madrid without flying.