On this day in 1989… United Airlines 747 suffers cabin structural failure

Nine people were sucked to their death when part of a United Airlines Boeing 747 fuselage came apart over the sea 20 minutes from takeoff from Honolulu.  

US accident investigators are concentrating on the forward cargo door as the possible source of the cabin structural failure suffered by a United Airlines Boeing 747-100.

A bomb, fatigue failure, and corrosion have all been discounted. Nine people died in the rapid cabin decompression at 23,000ft caused when a 10ft by 20ft hole appeared in the starboard side. Continue reading from the pdf archive…

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