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Air India B787 Fuselage Panel Falls Off Mid Air

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An 8x4 ft panel of the fuselage, located between the main landing gear, was found missing after plane landed at BIA. It is believed to have fallen off mid-air (www.bangaloremirror.com) עוד...

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sparkie624
sparkie624 1
This is a much better article. thanks for posting BP... Note in that article it says"

"India's media claim, that last Saturday, October 12th, a Boeing 787-800 performing flight AI-803, registration VT-ANA, arrived with a panel missing between the main gear struts, covering the heat exchangers, size about 3 square meters (32 square feet) and quote the airline and DGCA confirming the incident. The aircraft is said to have been grounded for repairs and to resume service on Wednesday (Oct 16th) after a replacement planel had been taken off VT-ANO."

Make particular note "covering the heat exchangers". This panel is in no way structural, and latched into place and hinges down. Chances are some mechanic was servicing the ACM or something and did not latch it correctly, opened in flight and popped off the hinges.

This article is good information, but it is too early to blame this on a plane when it was most likely an ill trained mechanic.
PhotoFinish
PhotoFinish 2
Horrible fake pseudo air analysis. The panel is not structural. It exists to improve aerodynamic flow and save fuel.

But the panel had multiple points of attachment, literally dozens. Someone would've had to remove them all and forget to reattach them intentionally or accidentally. Either way that would've had to happen under Air India's operation.

Picture:
http://m.timesofindia.com/india/Panel-falls-off-Air-India-Dreamliner-midair-DGCA-to-probe-incident/articleshow/24204166.cms

Another article with better info than squawk:
http://m.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2013/10/15/belly-panel-falls-off-air-india-boeing.html?r=full
rsmath
rsmath 1
is there a boundary layer in that part of the aircraft during flight? It's hard to see from the pic that without a boundary layer existing how you don't get problems with air whooshing into the open hole and loosen or rip off other parts of the plane in that area.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
This does not make since... Belly panel flew off, but they made no mention of pressurization. If it was a bolt on panel that covers up something then it is not structural... The article does not say enough... Someone left out a lot of details.
yr2012
matt jensen 1
http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2022051048_787airindiaxml.html

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preacher1
preacher1 1
Well, as the article says, some or most of these problems may be caused by airline mx themselves. Although the fleet is small, there are some airlines who have not appeared in the problem column. A big part is that the plane is under such a microscope it ain't funny.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
A little caution to your statement. We do not know if this was a plane problem or a mechanics problem... Who opened that door last as was it closed IAW AMM. It was a door/panel that is opened for routine maintenance.
KingAirB200
KingAirB200 0
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Fuselage panel falls from Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight

Boeing Co (BA.N) said a body panel fell off of a 787 Dreamliner operated by Air India while the plane was in flight on Saturday, a new problem for the high-tech jet that has suffered a string of mishaps since its introduction two years ago.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/us-boeing-dreamliner-idUSBRE99F02X20131016
glabady738
Galen Labady 0
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Body panel falls off Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight

The eight feet by four feet piece of fuselage fell from the underside of the jet and landed within the perimeter at India's Bangalore airport, officials said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/us-boeing-dreamliner-idUSBRE99F0J420131016
awinn
Alan Winn 0
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Air India Boeing 787 body panel fall off in-flight but poses no safety risk

Boeing said a body panel fell from a 787-8 Dreamliner operated by Air India while the plane was in flight on Saturday Oct. 12, a new problem for the high-tech jet that has suffered a string of mishaps since its introduction. The loss of the fuselage panel posed no safety risk to passengers according to the manufacturer. It was not immediately known where the panel landed. According to sources, the panel was covering the Dreamliner’s AC bay of the composite jet.

http://airguideonline.com/2013/10/16/air-india-boeing-787-body-panel-fall-off-in-flight-but-poses-no-safety-risk/
kwu20001
kev wu 0
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Fuselage panel falls from Boeing 787 Dreamliner in flight

Boeing Co. said a body panel fell off of a 787 Dreamliner operated by Air India while the plane was in flight on Saturday, a new problem for the high-tech jet that has suffered a string of mishaps since its introduction two years ago.

Boeing said the missing panel fell from the underside of the plane on the right side. A photo on The Times of India website showed a large opening with components and aircraft structure visible inside.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-dreamliner-fuselage-panel-falls-20131016,0,6643248.story

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