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(Honolulu Star-Bulletin)   Tonight on TV: "Aloha Flight 243," a documentary on passenger jet that loses foward upper half of its fuselage while in flight but lands successfully. Pilot quoted as saying "I told you I was hardcore" (with pic)   ( divider line
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2005-12-22 01:55:04 PM  
In a related note, Boeing announces the new limited-edition Maui-inspired 737 Cabrio.
2005-12-22 01:59:17 PM  
Damn you, Fleg.

I wanted to make the Sunroof joke!
2005-12-22 02:05:15 PM  
Welcome to 1988... Members Only jackets and Deloreans can be purchased from your tour guide for later pickup at the end of the tour.
2005-12-22 02:10:30 PM  
2005-12-22 02:14:21 PM  
I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.
2005-12-22 02:19:00 PM  
I picked a good day to start sniffing contrails.
2005-12-22 02:41:19 PM  
Fark that.
2005-12-22 02:43:52 PM  
submitter, "...Pilot quoted as saying "I told you I was hardcore...."

You owe me a new keyboard...hahaha
2005-12-22 03:19:08 PM  
'Scuse me while I shiate the sky.
2005-12-22 03:34:05 PM  
Looks like its Air Disaster Night on the History Channel. Preceding this episode is a documentary about Flight 007, The KAL flight that was shot down by the Soviets in 1983.

Then comes the documentary about the convertable 737 as mentioned in the headline.

Finally, following that, is a 90 minute doc on American Airlines flight 191 which pretty much destroyed McDonnell-Douglass at the time.
2005-12-22 03:41:15 PM  
Sports are so good for society! Yes, give the stadiums more money and let the biatching of fans contuinue.
2005-12-22 03:44:51 PM  

Get lost?
2005-12-22 03:45:14 PM  
Obligatory Current Pop Ref:

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2005-12-22 03:45:48 PM  
I remember when that happened. One of the stewardesses got sucked out. What an awful, awful way to die.
2005-12-22 03:45:49 PM  
Excellent point Shiftless! It's a little known fact that many of the Flight 243 passengers were sports fans.
2005-12-22 03:45:54 PM  
Insert window seat joke here.
2005-12-22 03:46:21 PM  
I know someone who knows someone who was on that plane. Crazy shiat!
2005-12-22 03:46:49 PM  
Striker, listen, and you listen close: flying a plane is no different than riding a bicycle, just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.
2005-12-22 03:46:49 PM  
I think my godfather was on that flight.
/was ok
2005-12-22 03:47:08 PM  
Eh, it's been on the Discovery Channel a handful of times, here in Canada.
2005-12-22 03:47:40 PM  
No show will ever top:

Seconds from Disaster!!
2005-12-22 03:47:41 PM  
THAT is why you wear your seatbelt at all times.
2005-12-22 03:48:39 PM  
It's a good thing they chose to air this at the time a heck of a lot of people fly.

Good job, Discovery!
2005-12-22 03:48:49 PM  
"But perhaps the greatest value of "Secrets of the Black Box" is that finally this black mark on Hawaii's aviation history is understandable to non-engineers"

Yeah, because anyone who isn't an engineer must be a moron who can't possibly comprehend the dangers of airplanes falling apart mid-flight. Geez, can you describe the show in a more condescending way?
2005-12-22 03:50:02 PM  
I see that some of the people on the flight who suffered massive head wounds are not Fark posters.
2005-12-22 03:51:02 PM  

THAT is why you wear your seatbelt at all times.

Unless of course your SEAT gets sucked out of the plane.
2005-12-22 03:51:09 PM  
You guys want to know the real reason there are curtains separating the class sections? It's not so you don't see the people in the other classes it's so you don't see the plane bending.
2005-12-22 03:52:14 PM  
I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.
2005-12-22 03:53:49 PM  
Have you ever seen a grown man naked, Billy?
2005-12-22 03:54:16 PM  
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2005-12-22 03:54:39 PM  
Missing part of the fuselage? At least the don't have to deal with Snakes on a Plane.
2005-12-22 03:54:40 PM  
Unless of course your SEAT gets sucked out of the plane.
Thats why I always fly Parachute Class. :-)

2005-12-22 03:55:41 PM  
Finally, following that, is a 90 minute doc on American Airlines flight 191 which pretty much destroyed McDonnell-Douglass at the time.

Them comes more stories about WWII.
2005-12-22 03:57:16 PM  
If you ever get sucked out of the plane, remember that the parachute key is '9'. What were they thinking?
2005-12-22 03:57:41 PM  
"In the unlikely event . ." This is a very suspect phrase, especially coming as it does from an industry that is willing to lie about arrival and departure times. "In the unlikely event of a sudden change in cabin pressure"--ROOF FLIES OFF! " . . An oxygen mask will drop down in front of you. Place the mask over your face and breathe normally." Well, I have no problem with that. I always breathe normally when I'm in a 600 mile an hour uncontrolled vertical dive. I also sh*t normally.

-George Carlin
2005-12-22 03:57:51 PM  
fr3nch_com: Them comes more stories about WWII.

Recently it seems to be Bible stuff.
2005-12-22 03:58:28 PM  
BUSH KNEW!!! --- and yet he did nothing.
2005-12-22 03:58:34 PM  
A guy I worked with was on that flight. He grabbed a flight attendant and held on to her till they landed. Lucky SOB. He was an ex Navy flier and thought they would have to put down in water. And when they landed they were treated like shiaat by the local cops. Will have to watch to see if the following he told was true:

1) The only video was taken by a passenger after they were off. The guy pans down the leangth of the plane, then comes to a girl dressed in almost nothing. The camera stops, goes up and down her body, then goes back to the plane, then back to the girl, etc.

2) It wasn't half the rook. A section, but enough to cause someone to go through it.

3) The pilot was a female.

4) There was an argument ongoing between the airport and the city about emergency coverage, so when the pilot sent in the Mayday, the tower replied by asking if she was reallly, eally sure she needed a fire truck, cause, like, it was going to cost a bundle. And when they finally landed, there was almost nothing for emergency services there.

Should be good watching.
2005-12-22 03:58:48 PM  
Working title: Why Boeing doesn't make convertibles.
2005-12-22 03:59:53 PM  
I drive a convertible...what's the big deal?
2005-12-22 04:01:23 PM  
I remember that one. Very cool stuff. Its amazing that the plane was able to complete its flight and land. Read about it in college also as a case study in a course on mechanical behavior of materials.
2005-12-22 04:02:17 PM  
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2005-12-22 04:02:21 PM  
But the curtains have been outlawed in this post-9-11 world, because they could conceal terrorists.

2005-12-22 04:04:21 PM  
This has also been dramatized as the tv movie 'Miracle Landing".

2005-12-22 04:04:59 PM  
Unless of course your SEAT gets sucked out of the plane.

Thank god I didn't have my seat belt on!
2005-12-22 04:06:35 PM  
cut n paste
Another type of localized corrosion, common to aircraft materials and particularly to high-strength aluminum alloys, is called 'exfoliation corrosion' . Exfoliation corrosion was involved in the Aloha Flight 243 air disaster (April, 1988). Corrosion originating in fastener holes in the thin, aluminum sheets that make-up the 'skin' of the fuselage. The corrosion penetrated from many rivet holes and along the mid-thickness of the skin in all directions weakening the ability of the fuselage skin to carry, for example, cabin-pressurization loads. This corrosion phenomenon may be likened to what water penetration does to the strength and usefulness of particle-board. Exfoliation is more likely to occur in older aircraft, and aircraft serving coastal or transoceanic routes are more prone to this problem. Exfoliation corrosion is not easy to see as the damage spreads along the mid-thickness of the sheet, not at the surface. One must include an inspection requirement to detect exfoliation and crack damage in older aircraft, and this is part of the action taken by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) in the wake of the Aloha Flight 243 incident.
2005-12-22 04:06:50 PM  
poonie "Eh, it's been on the Discovery Channel a handful of times, here in Canada."

When did you guys start putting the "eh" on the front?
2005-12-22 04:06:56 PM  
I speak jive.
2005-12-22 04:07:12 PM  
finally the hilter channel plays something decent!
2005-12-22 04:07:15 PM  
RodeodocThe pilot was a "he" and the first officer was a "she". No mention of the argument.

You can read more on this site (pops, no really, it pops), ignoring the ugly background.
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