Saturday, 26 July 2008
Qantas Boeing 747
TimesOnline: The aviation experts say the terror could have been caused by a bomb.
Sure, baby. Could you please check if Osama's name shows up on the passenger list?
New York Times: Federal investigators say the accident was caused by metal fatigue, exacerbated by corrosion caused by salt water.
That's a weird location for fatigue to occur, though. It looks like the secondary structure is damaged, and not the primary.
A whole load of strain and pressure usually isn't likely to cause damage of that magnitude. However, corrosion has some nasty tricks up its sleeves.
I wouldn't want an insight into the thoughts of the Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer who signed it off as airworthy before it took off. It's a very unpleasant position to be in.