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The Mystery of the Cracked Airplane Windshields

 
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The Mystery of the Cracked Airplane Windshields
Investigators at the Denver International Airport are trying to figure out why the windshields on at least 13 planes have cracked.

Winds reaching up to 100 miles-per-hour have been whipping through the Colorado foothills, but airport officials say they've never seen anything like this. The weather was so cold and windy this weekend that parts of Colorado's Interstate 70 were in a near whiteout, and some ski areas closed lifts.

On the tarmac and in flight, the weather has had damaging affects on airplane windshields.

"This is not only unusual, I know of no precedent for anything like this where multiple windshields have been cracked, simply by being in a particular place at a particular time," said John Nance, a pilot and aviation consultant for ABC News.

Birds, Weather Can Be Destructive

Aircraft windshields are designed to withstand air pressure at 400 knots and survive hitting a bird without catastrophic failure. But occasionally, they crack, and the pilots land as soon as practical.

"The two most likely causes of cracked windshields are simply the internal heat system being misapplied or not heating uniformly or having a bird hit it at a really high rate of speed in the air," Nance explained.

Cracks often are caught while the plane is on the ground. They can be terrifying when they happen in the air. The Federal Aviation Administration has records of 20 in-flight cracking incidents since 1982, 12 of them on commercial airliners.

Two years ago, when Oprah Winfrey's private jet suffered a cracked windshield after hitting a bird on takeoff. One of the most infamous cases of cracked windshields occurred in 1990, when a windshield panel blew out on a British Airways flight, nearly sucking the pilot out the window. The plane was still able to fly.

"It's certainly not going to destroy the airplane and it's not going to make it un-flyable," Nance said.

The FAA is investigating the Denver cases of cracked windshields because there have been so many of them, but all the affected jets are expected to be back in service today.
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Denver eh - Hmmm ?

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Re: The Mystery of the Cracked Airplane Windshields
Quite old news [link to abcnews.go.com]
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Here ya go...

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06/02/2009 12:32 AM
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I remember reading about there being a rash of cracked (pitted ?) car windshields in a city in the Pacific Northwest in the 50's(? 60's?). Rumor had it was the Commies.

damn if I can find a reference online now though
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06/02/2009 12:41 AM
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I remember reading about there being a rash of cracked (pitted ?) car windshields in a city in the Pacific Northwest in the 50's(? 60's?). Rumor had it was the Commies.

damn if I can find a reference online now though
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On April 15, 1954, Bellingham, Seattle and other Washington communities are in the grip of a strange phenomenon — tiny holes, pits, and dings have seemingly appeared in the windshields of cars at an unprecedented rate. Initially thought to be the work of vandals, the pitting rate grows so quickly that panicked residents soon suspect everything from cosmic rays to sand-flea eggs to fallout from H-bomb tests. By the next day, pleas are sent to government officials asking for help in solving what would become known as the Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic….

Nevertheless, conventional wisdom lay with the scientists. Further investigation by the City of Seattle Police Department showed that most dings pitted older car windshields. In cases where auto lots were involved, brand new cars were unpitted, whereas used older cars showed signs of pitting. Police found rare instances of “copycat” vandalism, but most of the cases had a simple explanation: The pits had been there all along, but no one had noticed them until now.
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It is a manufacturing and assembly defect. A worker, maybe more than one, alerted the company, but they were shipped anyway. It would have cost more than they were willing to lose, time & labor. Call it murder for greed.
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06/02/2009 11:51 AM
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The British Airways pilot was sucked out of the plane, halfway. The back of his knees were caught on the windshield frame and the Navigator held on to him. The plane landed, they thought he was dead, but he lived and continued as a pilot. The cause of the windshield popping out was it had just been replaced and installed using the wrong screws.
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... this is for the GermanWings plane! ...
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One theory that emerged today suggested the plane may have crashed because the windscreen cracked, causing a sudden drop in oxygen levels that rendered the pilots unconscious.

[link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
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... this is for the GermanWings plane! ...
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One theory that emerged today suggested the plane may have crashed because the windscreen cracked, causing a sudden drop in oxygen levels that rendered the pilots unconscious.

[link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
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Bullshit. The plane was in a billion bits. How would they know that?
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... this is for the GermanWings plane! ...
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One theory that emerged today suggested the plane may have crashed because the windscreen cracked, causing a sudden drop in oxygen levels that rendered the pilots unconscious.

[link to www.dailymail.co.uk]
 Quoting: Wisconsin


Bullshit. The plane was in a billion bits. How would they know that?
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... just shows how nothing of this adds up! ...
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