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Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:30 pm

A bolt fell off of a flight that was on approach to IAD on Friday. No reports of anyone missing anything yet, but FAA is investigating.

Any idea what this part is?

http://wtop.com/41/3555284/FAA-inves...s-metal-piece-that-strikes-Va-home

Can't remember if they were using the 1's or 19's that day. 1 approach from north and east takes flights south over Herndon (where this house was) with a u-turn back to the runway.
 
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:47 pm

Quoting capitalflyer (Thread starter):
Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach 

I hope he's okay and won't affect his track career. He might compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:25 am

To my admittedly completely amateur eyes, it doesn't look like an airplane part to me...
 
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:34 am

Quoting siren (Reply 2):

Probably an UFO falling a part the bolt looks like a thousand of years old. UFO must be exhausted longest travel in space.    LOL!

Come on! What do you think roof hit coming from? It's a plane!

  


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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:37 am

She says the gas company told her that it was likely a piece of an aircraft. Is that really a very reliable source> I get where they'd be coming from with that assumption and it does, to me, look like an airplane part, but I'd wait to hear what the FAA investigator said (which, I guess, she did).

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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:44 am

Judging by the size I'm going to guess it is one of the mounting bolts that holds the top part of the engine to the pylon on the wing. I'm not sure of the terminology as I am not an engine expert however I have seen the attachment point and associated bolts on the 737NG which are large but not as big as this. The non-threaded end looks to be either melted (bubbling) or having impacted another piece of strong metal.
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:46 am

My guess looking at the condition of the parts is that is a part from the landing gear, this also makes sense why the bolt fell out on approach. Maybe a bolt holding the uplock roller, that wouldn't create any problems during landing

Quoting JAGflyer (Reply 5):
The non-threaded end looks to be either melted (bubbling) or having impacted another piece of strong metal.

Looks more to me like it is encased in sealant.


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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 4:36 am

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 1):
I hope he's okay and won't affect his track career. He might compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

I wouldn't worry -- if he was running fast enough to crash through a roof he must still be in top shape!
 
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:31 pm

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 1):
Quoting capitalflyer (Thread starter):
Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

I hope he's okay and won't affect his track career. He might compete in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 6:46 pm

Thank God it wasn't from a 787. 

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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:08 pm

Yes that looks like old sealant.. I didn't see any cotter pin or wire holes.. so I'd guess it came from a place where a series of similar bolts are used where the loss of one is not critical .. say in the wing attach, track attach or elevator box.
 
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:11 pm

Looks to me like it is caked in dirt? Maybe cement?
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:17 pm

Quoting apfpilot (Reply 11):
Looks to me like it is caked in dirt? Maybe cement?

I was thinking the same thing, I worked in stores and have never seen anything come off an airplane that looked caked in dirt like that. Usually things of planes are covered in grease.
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:28 pm

Quoting Q (Reply 3):
Come on! What do you think roof hit coming from?

Maybe someone in northern Virginia didn't heed Mythbusters' "don't try this at home" warning and built a bolt launching cannon.   
 
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:49 pm

Any chance this can be a piece of "space junk?" It's hard to tell if that is sealant or melted material.
 
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:06 pm

Quoting UAL Bagsmasher (Reply 14):
Any chance this can be a piece of "space junk?" It's hard to tell if that is sealant or melted material.

Interesting idea... Although, I would expect a little more damage if it came from space. Like a 3' crater in her basement.
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:21 pm

With the quick look, Wheel Tie Bolt is a best guess.
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:40 pm

Best guess, Wheel Tie-Bolt. They do have a habit of going missing.

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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:34 pm

While visiting my Grandparents in PHX about 20 years ago during on of my regular vacations there, my favourite activity (even in summer heat), was to go to Sky Harbor Airport (standing on S 24th Street), and watch landings.

During one of my days there, while walking to get a much needed beverage, I happened to notice a long bolt in the (red clay) dirt. It was approximately 8 inches long, with an inch or so of fine threading at the end (which was badly worn). The head of the bolt had a HEX opening. I picked it up, and took it back to Canada, but never had it looked at. It looked like it had been in the dirt for a little while. I always wondered where on an aircraft it might have come from...
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RE: Bolt Falls Off Plane On IAD Approach

Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:08 am

Quoting CALTECH (Reply 16):
With the quick look, Wheel Tie Bolt is a best guess.

Is there anyone here that knows the area well enough to know if this area is at the point of approach where the gear is lowered. If so it could narrow down where this part could have come from? I.E. the broken part was trapped in the wheelwell until the gear was lowered and gear doors were opened. Just a thought.

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