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In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

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In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

Holed Southwest Airlines flight makes emergency landing
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Passengers heard a bang as the roof panel blew open in the cabin. "You can see completely outside," one woman told the Associated Press news agency.

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Southwest Airlines said no injuries were reported among the 118 passengers on board. One flight attendant was slightly injured, the statement said.

How scary must that have been?

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Re: In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

I think a change of underwear would be needed if I was on there Grin
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Re: In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

Remember the Aloha flight in the Hawaiian islands a few years back? when, a very large section of fuselage roof was ripped off in flight.
That was down to salt-air corrosion in an elderly 737 airframe...and the tell tale signs being missed several times during routine servicing.
Wonder how old this 737 is...there are not many really old one's flying these days.
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Passenger Brenda Reese said the Boeing 737 plane had just left Phoenix when she heard a "gunshot-like sound".

glad it wasnt at cruise altitude as it doesnt seem to have suffered suck out
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According to this report:
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The captain of the aircraft immediately carried out a rapid but controlled descent from 36,000 feet to 11,000 feet when the incident occurred, and oxygen masks were deployed.

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None of the passengers and crew members on board the aircraft suffered serious injuries during the incident, although some of the passengers passed out due to a lack of oxygen.

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Re: In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

Here's a report I posted in another thread earlier:
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A similar thing happened to a Southwest flight about a year ago.
The plane was 15 years old which isn't that old for an aircraft.  Southwest are replacing their older aircraft.
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A similar thing happened to a Southwest flight about a year ago.

So the pilots have plenty of training to handle this type of incident on the flight simulator.  Wink
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and if they are really unlucky - in practice as well  Shocked
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For info, Boeing had already issued an airworthiness directive (AD) because this has happened before ..  see attachment..
..summarised below..
AD 2010-25-06
This AD is effective February 1, 2011.
BS 616 and BS 639 inspection/lower frame and stub beam
15 work hours
This AD applies to The Boeing Company Model 737-200, -300, -400, and -500 series airplanes ...
The Federal Aviation Administration is issuing this AD to detect and correct fatigue cracking of certain fuselage frames and stub beams and possible severed frames, which could result in reduced structural integrity of the frames. This reduced structural integrity can increase loading in the fuselage skin, which will accelerate skin crack growth and could result in rapid decompression of the fuselage.
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Southwest have withdrawn 79 planes from service awaiting inspection.  This is causing chaos for passengers but better safe than sorry.  I'm in the US at present and can confirm many passengers are stranded as a result of the withdrawal.
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Other airlines are expected to carry out similar inspections.
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Re: In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

Assuming you were not wearing a seat belt could you actually get sucked out of a plane if this happened or is this something that only happens in films ?
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As the flight was normal up to the time of the incident many passengers may not have had their seat belts on.  I wonder if there was time to make an announcement.
No serious injuries were reported when the plane made its emergency landing at Yuma.
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Re: In-Flight Fuselage Rupture

It's just been announced locally here that the plane involved in the incident had previously had cracks in its fuselage which had been repaired. 
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Assuming you were not wearing a seat belt could you actually get sucked out of a plane if this happened or is this something that only happens in films ?

It's happened before!  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aloha_Airlines_Flight_243
At the time of the decompression, the chief flight attendant, Clarabelle "C.B." Lansing, was standing at seat row 5 collecting drink cups from passengers. According to passengers' accounts, Lansing was blown out through a hole in the side of the airplane by the greater air pressure remaining in the cabin.
I don't think she was ever found.
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Incidentally, wreckage of the Air France flight that went missing en-route Rio to Paris in 2009 has just been found.
http://alphasite.airfrance.com/en/s01/