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Damaged Wing Forces Emergency Landing At LAX
CBS) ^ | Aug 21, 2009 5:51 pm US/Pacific

Posted on 08/21/2009 7:40:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin

An American Airlines flight from San Diego to Dallas Fort-Worth was forced to make an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport because of a cracked wing.

The plane, carrying 194 passengers and crew, landed safely at 4:46 p.m. with a jagged crack visible on its right wing.

AA Flight 414 left San Diego Friday around 3:45 p.m.

The FAA's Ian Gregor said the place made "a perfectly safe landing."

Passenger Jim Borta said he heard loud, unusual noises at take off but thought it was an engine issue.

He said as the plane continued to climb, the noise continued and a passenger on the right side of the plane pointed out the wing damage.

Borta said both the captain and the co-captain came out to look at the wing and later got on the intercom to announce the plane would circle back to Los Angeles and to expect fire engines and emergency personnel and vehicles on the ground.

Borta said passengers "remained pretty calm."

(Excerpt) Read more at cbs2.com ...


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: aerospace; airlines; damagedslat; emergencylanding; lax

1 posted on 08/21/2009 7:40:25 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

That’s in the area where you usually see the little signs that say “NO STEP”.


2 posted on 08/21/2009 7:44:19 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: BenLurkin

Damn.


3 posted on 08/21/2009 7:44:22 PM PDT by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: 2111USMC

I think it’s a bit forward of that.


4 posted on 08/21/2009 7:45:27 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: BenLurkin

Looks like a Boeing 757, at first glance.


5 posted on 08/21/2009 7:45:57 PM PDT by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes, I’ve heard that the wing is a very important part of the aircraft.


6 posted on 08/21/2009 7:46:43 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Health Care Reform has met the DEATH Panel.)
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To: BenLurkin

Strange sort of damage. Curious.


7 posted on 08/21/2009 7:47:01 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: BenLurkin

Thankfully it’s on the leading edge slat, not on the wing itself. Cracks in the wing would have caused a different ending.


8 posted on 08/21/2009 7:47:13 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: BenLurkin

9 posted on 08/21/2009 7:53:23 PM PDT by Dumpster Baby (Bacon,smokless powder,and boobs are proof that God loves us.)
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To: BenLurkin

I wonder what would have happened if the plane took off at night? You would not see the damaged wing because of the darkness. Scary!


10 posted on 08/21/2009 7:54:30 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: BenLurkin

American Airlines later charged the passengers a “pucker fee”.


11 posted on 08/21/2009 7:54:55 PM PDT by Nachoman (Think of life as an adventure you don't survive.)
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To: BenLurkin
Obviously part of a right wing conspiracy.
12 posted on 08/21/2009 7:56:14 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: BenLurkin

Composite parts possibly.Aluminum would not break out like that pictured.


13 posted on 08/21/2009 7:56:23 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: filbert

CBS2 at the link says a Boeing 767.


14 posted on 08/21/2009 7:58:14 PM PDT by CedarDave (Will Rogers on Death & Taxes: "Death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets")
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To: Nachoman

Funniest thing I’ve heard all month. Thanks.


15 posted on 08/21/2009 7:58:17 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
Obviously part of a right wing conspiracy.

Very punny!

16 posted on 08/21/2009 8:01:19 PM PDT by exit82 (Sarah Palin is President No. 45. Get behind her, GOP, or get out of the way.)
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To: 2111USMC; sionnsar

That is the leading edge slat which adds lift during take off and landing when extended. They were in no danger.


17 posted on 08/21/2009 8:07:32 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Obamacare: all the efficiency of the DMV and all the compassion of the IRS.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Pa-dump-CHING!


18 posted on 08/21/2009 8:08:16 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Obamacare: all the efficiency of the DMV and all the compassion of the IRS.)
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To: imahawk

They were over Yuma when they made the divert decision. I assume they felt the damage was minor enough that they didn’t have to get to ground immediately.


19 posted on 08/21/2009 8:10:04 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I wonder if something was caught in the flap when it was retracted. Thank goodness for a safe outcome.


20 posted on 08/21/2009 8:18:29 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: BenLurkin
We have new LIFETIME members in the Freakin' Flyer club.

Freakin Flyer Pictures, Images and Photos

21 posted on 08/21/2009 8:19:41 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: 2111USMC
That not a “cracked wing” that a damaged slat... and from the color, looks to be composite
22 posted on 08/21/2009 8:29:02 PM PDT by tophat9000 (Obama plans to fix America like he fixed his dog)
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To: Jeff Chandler
“Borta said both the captain and the co-captain came out to look at the wing..”
I hope not at the same time:-))
23 posted on 08/21/2009 8:29:14 PM PDT by QQQQ
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To: CedarDave

OK, now I see it as a 767. Too chubby to be a 757.


24 posted on 08/21/2009 8:33:24 PM PDT by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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To: filbert
FLIGHTAWARE says 757


25 posted on 08/21/2009 8:37:52 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (That smell of death...be seeing ya big casino)
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To: filbert
Looks like a Boeing 757, at first glance.

If it had been an Air Bus, it would be nose down in a corn field somewhere!

26 posted on 08/21/2009 8:38:31 PM PDT by night reader (NRA Life Member since 1962)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Duh. Why didn’t I think of FlightAware?


27 posted on 08/21/2009 8:41:26 PM PDT by filbert (More filbert at http://www.medary.com)
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28 posted on 08/21/2009 8:44:04 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Yesss! The second most important thing are those 1 ounce drinks with alcohol in them.


29 posted on 08/21/2009 8:47:46 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Nachoman

A “Pucker Fee”?

That is just not right! /s


30 posted on 08/21/2009 8:48:40 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: BenLurkin

no wonder. It’s cardboard


31 posted on 08/21/2009 9:14:33 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: rawhide

I am not familiar with that airplane, but I suspect that ice lights would illuminate that area.

Any loud noise would probably cause the crew to turn on all available lights.


32 posted on 08/21/2009 9:24:22 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: imahawk

Yep, looks like plastic airplane parts to me too. And just think, almost all of the 787 Dreamliner is made with it.

I remember assembling plastic airplane models when I was a kid, damn that glue smelled good. Testors I think it was. LOL


33 posted on 08/21/2009 9:43:43 PM PDT by biff
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To: biff

I dont and wont fly in plastic.I will stick to the WW2 birds and they can keep the time X? stuff.


34 posted on 08/21/2009 9:51:32 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: BenLurkin

Wow...looking at that failure (not actually too bad), it does look like metal fatigue and shows that the airlines are still flying older planes that should have been retired long ago - or repaired.

I think that the recession caught many of these airlines off guard and they have way too many older planes in service. Does that make me a skeptical flier - you betcha...(sorry Ms. Palin)...


35 posted on 08/21/2009 11:35:02 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: biff
I remember assembling plastic airplane models when I was a kid, damn that glue smelled good. Testors I think it was. LOL

Thanks for the memories. It was Testors model glue, in a red and white tube.

I built so many models, I'm surprised I'm not brain damaged.

I never thought to sniff the glue, but it did have a great aroma.And boy did it melt plastic--it was like welding for kids!

The models were made by Aurora, Revell,Monogram and Lindberg.

Reading and looking at the pictured boxes was as cool as making the models.

Of course, it you weren't like a professional model painter, very rarely did the model look like the box.

From 49 cents to $ 2.98 you could buy yourself a lot of fun.

36 posted on 08/22/2009 3:22:00 AM PDT by exit82 (Sarah Palin is President No. 45. Get behind her, GOP, or get out of the way.)
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To: paul51

Or fiberboard.


37 posted on 08/22/2009 6:18:35 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: exit82

I never sniffed it but like you enjoyed the aroma.

And neither did my models come out looking like the box covers. But damn, it was fun trying. Never did understand how they painted them with such precision as me and a spray can never got along when I was a youngster.


38 posted on 08/22/2009 9:47:19 AM PDT by biff
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To: exit82
Of course, it you weren't like a professional model painter, very rarely did the model look like the box.

My brother and I spent many hours putting those models together.

Painting them was an exercise in futility for us.

Only thing I could do with the Testor's model paint was use it to identify the "contestants" in the cockroach races when I was in college at The Citadel.

39 posted on 08/22/2009 9:59:46 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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