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NW 757 Returns W Hole In Wing

Tue Nov 21, 2000 1:44 pm
What do you think would have happened had this flight been at night and nobody noticed? Luck was on the side of this flight.

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RE: NW 757 Returns W Hole In Wing

Tue Nov 21, 2000 2:23 pm

Good thing to save people lives. Thanks goodness to have someone caught it. Good news.  


RE: NW 757 Returns W Hole In Wing

Tue Nov 21, 2000 3:29 pm

Something to do with the armed forces is my guess, or maybe some crazy people playing with an illegaly aquired 50 mm machine gun, hmmm.....

RE: NW 757 Returns W Hole In Wing

Tue Nov 21, 2000 7:15 pm

Patrick Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, said the pilot didn't radio for an emergency landing, but "needed to land here because of a problem." He also said that a hole that size was unusual

Surely a hole of ANY size in a wing is unusual!!!
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Large Bird?

Tue Nov 21, 2000 11:55 pm

At this time of year in North America, you see a large number of geese flying south in formation at higher than normal altitudes.

My question would be as follows:

> If the bird were big enough and hit the leading edge just right with enough force, could it do that type of damage? [Could this damage have been done if they hit a large bird (goose) while flying at a relatively high speed during the initial low altitude flight?]

> Any experts out there?

RE: NW 757 Returns W Hole In Wing

Wed Nov 22, 2000 12:09 am

The pilot didn´t notice any change in performance and handling..... maybe this is an idea for saving some weight on 757´s. 

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