|Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):|
This is actually a serious event. Any time an aircraft drops a part in flight, it's a serious event.
|Quoting Spacepope (Reply 4):|
Well, on the spectrum of panel coming off to A320 cowling ripping completely off (Just had another one the other day in Turkey http://avherald.com/h?article=45b0436a&opt=0 ) this ranks fairly low on the totem pole.
|Quoting zanl188 (Reply 9):|
In my 30 years in this business I'd have to say dropped objects were unfortunately fairly common. Typically small sheetmetal doors, lav dump caps, and maybe the occasional large honeycomb structure.
Can't say I recall anyone getting hit by one. What's terminal velocity for a 1' X 1' sheet of 1/8" aluminum? Now the lav dump caps & donuts were fairly dense.. I'd be careful of that one.. and, naturally, whatever was behind it in the dump pipe.
|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 11):|
And a few engines have separated over the years. If memory correct this one was due to ice ingestion. I think a JT8D weighs about as much as a large car.