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ACA 26 cracked windshield emergency divert to Narita no injuries

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From NHK, Japan's public broadcaster. Google Translate: According to the Narita Airport Office of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Air Canada 26 flight from Shanghai to Vancouver, Canada, Boeing 787 was flying over approximately 220 kilometers northwest of Narita Airport one day before 8 pm. Reported that the cockpit window had cracked. The aircraft changed its destination and made an emergency landing at Narita Airport at around 8:30 pm. According to the… (www3.nhk.or.jp) עוד...

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DGR54Rathborne
DGR Rathborne 1
Thats quite the shatter .
bruderal
bruderal 1
I thought I saw a small piece of white duct tape? over the top left. Any ideas?
DGR54Rathborne
DGR Rathborne 1
Hi Bruderal , I can't say that i did . And while i am able to read all the other articles in todays news release , i still can not read about AA , with-out it being plastered with changing Adds . I don't get it , but i give up . Till next time .....DGR
DGR54Rathborne
DGR Rathborne 1
hi Bruderal . Forgive me . I am kind of distracted right now . But i looked at the AC window again , once i realized what you were writing about . I have to agree with you . I was thinking that it appears that it was raining on the ramp , so maybe they covered a crack and /or leak . But that pane sure splintered like a cob web . Hope you have a good day ........DGR
bruderal
bruderal 1
What are the odds of that having been applied at PVG (i.e. before the incident)?
DGR54Rathborne
DGR Rathborne 1
Hi again Bruderal . If in fact , anyone was as reckless as that , staff should be Fired . Also i could not see an Air Canada flt crew signing off on such a fix . Also i had heard about this event on CTV and CBC and the window failed at altitude . My 1st question was what amount of frame flexing would cause a multi pane window to break in such away ?......Penny for your thoughts .......DGR
bruderal
bruderal 1
I hope it was applied at NRT. I have no expertise in this area, but if fuselage flex was a factor, I'd expect a crack to begin at a corner (recalling the original Comet design with square windows). The tape? seemed to be near the top left corner and wasn't in line with the top surface, i.e., at a slight angle and not parallel with the top edge.
DGR54Rathborne
DGR Rathborne 1
Hi again . I went back to the stories 1st photo . If you click on that photo , you get a 90sec NHK video . When the video stops you get a very clear , close up view of the window . For my money , it seems as if there was an impact breakage . Like you see in car involved with a hit pedestrian . Obviously this is not that . But the swirling of the window failure , seems to have started in the bottom left of the window , due to the closeness of the rings and as the swirl pattern moves out . As for the Tape ; in the closer video , i can't tell if it is actually a white metal trim or tape . Please take a look at this again , and let me know what you think ........DGR .
bruderal
bruderal 1
Thanks DGR. That makes sense. Much more likely it is tape applied at NRT (and I expect the ground personnel there would make the extra effort to match the colour) to seal against water. I've seen some creative fixes including workers at HNA/RJSI de-icing a DC-9 around late December 1984.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/WMRTUiRPsas7o6vo8
DGR54Rathborne
DGR Rathborne 1
Bruderal , Just out of curiosity , are you related to Air Canada , or just an avid aircraft watcher , like me ?
Have a good night .....DGR

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