Skip to comments.Damaged Wing Forces Emergency Landing At LAX
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."
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That’s in the area where you usually see the little signs that say “NO STEP”.
I think it’s a bit forward of that.
Looks like a Boeing 757, at first glance.
Yes, I’ve heard that the wing is a very important part of the aircraft.
Strange sort of damage. Curious.
Thankfully it’s on the leading edge slat, not on the wing itself. Cracks in the wing would have caused a different ending.
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!
American Airlines later charged the passengers a “pucker fee”.
Composite parts possibly.Aluminum would not break out like that pictured.
CBS2 at the link says a Boeing 767.
Funniest thing I’ve heard all month. Thanks.
That is the leading edge slat which adds lift during take off and landing when extended. They were in no danger.
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.
I wonder if something was caught in the flap when it was retracted. Thank goodness for a safe outcome.
OK, now I see it as a 767. Too chubby to be a 757.
If it had been an Air Bus, it would be nose down in a corn field somewhere!
Duh. Why didn’t I think of FlightAware?
Yesss! The second most important thing are those 1 ounce drinks with alcohol in them.
A “Pucker Fee”?
That is just not right! /s
no wonder. It’s cardboard
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.
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
I dont and wont fly in plastic.I will stick to the WW2 birds and they can keep the time X? stuff.
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)...
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.
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.
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.
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