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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: NINE PASSENGERS SUCKED OUT OF PLANE WHEN IT RIPS OPEN MID-FLIGHT (1989)


Nine Passengers Sucked Out of Plane When It Rips Open Mid-Flight (1989)

Sixteen minutes after taking off for New Zealand from Honolulu, Hawaii, United Airlines flight 811 experienced a cargo door failure and explosive decompression that resulted in the ejection of a number of seats, nine of them occupied, from the aircraft. The pilots initially thought a bomb had been detonated on board and would later learn that design flaws and faulty wiring were to blame for the catastrophe that took place on their flight. How might United have averted this disaster? More… Discuss

 

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