Postmortems

Aloha Airlines Flight 243 (1988)

A section of the skin of a 737 blew off in flight, due to “metal fatigue exacerbated by crevice corrosion”, with one fatality.

The FAA report notes:

Contributing to the accident … the lack of a complete terminating action after the discovery of early production difficulties in the B-737 cold bond lap joint which resulted in low bond durability, corrosion, and premature fatigue cracking.

via Elizabeth Bear’s short SF story

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