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Old 07-31-2011, 01:17 PM  
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Broken Planes & Families, and the number 159

Passenger jet breakes in two! How safe are those planes we ride everyday?

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) Officials say a U.S. team is expected soon in the South American nation of Guyana to probe the crash of a Boeing 737 jetliner that all 163 people aboard survived.

Authorities so far have given little idea about the cause of Saturday's crash. The Caribbean Airlines plane ran off the end of a runway at Guyana's main airport and broke in two. About 30 people had to be treated at a local hospital, including the pilot.

The airline is largely owned by the government of Trinidad and Tobago and its prime minister has visited the crash site. Kamla Persad-Bissessar says she is worried that the accident will hurt tourism to the Caribbean, a region that depends heavily on the industry.
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:23 PM   #31
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Planes have never broken apart in mid air, right?
Like what is shown above? No, none that I know of.

Here's how strong these buggers are. This a wing-loading test of a 777. It survives until 154% of maximum design stress.

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Old 07-31-2011, 04:24 PM   #32
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Planes have never broken apart in mid air, right?
Depends if hey get their sandals lit or not in flight
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:25 PM   #33
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Planes have never broken apart in mid air, right?
I saw it happen once about 7 years ago... followed the aftermath pretty closely for a while, but got bored after a few seasons. I wonder if Jack and Kate ever ****ed.

Eh.
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:29 PM   #34
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I saw it happen once about 7 years ago... followed the aftermath pretty closely for a while, but got bored after a few seasons. I wonder if Jack and Kate ever ****ed.

Eh.
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Old 07-31-2011, 04:30 PM   #35
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Old 07-31-2011, 06:56 PM   #36
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Structural fatigue vs air (no matter how aerodynamic) and vibration can create a similar failure.
Hey - you go ahead and stick with your agenda if you'd like. It's your life.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:00 PM   #37
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Airplanes are not supposed to go on off runway excursions. Looks like the nose gear dug into the soft ground after running off the end of the runway. Pilot could have landed long and ran out of runway before being able to stop. Also throw in heavy rain and bad visibility. Its hard to come to a sudden stop mid air unless you hit a mountain. Besides, it's a Boeing. I won't break up in the air unless helped by a bomb, missile or an unmaintained, aged and corroded airframe.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:08 PM   #38
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Sorry but I have to say this...

Am I the only one who sees the irony in Frankie starting a thread about the structural integrity of the 737? Jack Bauer called, Frankie, and he would like to have a word with you.
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Old 07-31-2011, 07:10 PM   #39
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Structural fatigue vs air (no matter how aerodynamic) and vibration can create a similar failure.
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Old 07-31-2011, 09:18 PM   #40
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:22 PM   #41
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.....Besides, it's a Boeing. I won't break up in the air unless helped by a bomb, missile or an unmaintained, aged and corroded airframe.
That's what I've been saying, but the collective guarantee of our resident scientists and structural engineers here have guaranteed that it absolutely cannot happen is good enough for me.
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Old 07-31-2011, 10:26 PM   #42
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Sorry but I have to say this...

Am I the only one who sees the irony in Frankie starting a thread about the structural integrity of the 737? Jack Bauer called, Frankie, and he would like to have a word with you.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:04 AM   #43
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Planes have never broken apart in mid air, right?

Only when they are cut in half by one of our missiles.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:18 AM   #44
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There have been planes where part of the roof came off during flight. An Aloha Airlines flight had that happen.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:17 AM   #45
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Like what is shown above? No, none that I know of.

Here's how strong these buggers are. This a wing-loading test of a 777. It survives until 154% of maximum design stress.

I was expecting it to break close to the fuselage but it actually snapped close to the middle. Those things are very well engineered. Nice vid.
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