Bits falling off Boeing 787, could happen to anybody

Everyday tale of life in flight-test. I wonder who was first to notice?

IDENTIFICATION

Regis#: UNK Make/Model: B-78 Description: B 787 DREAMLINER

Date: 05/07/2010 Time: 2245

Event Type: Incident Highest Injury: None Mid Air: N Missing: N

Damage: Minor

LOCATION

City: SEATTLE State: WA Country: US

DESCRIPTION

AIRCRAFT LOST TAIL SENSOR CONE UPON LANDING, BOEING FIELD, SEATTLE, WA

INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0

# Crew: 2 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

# Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:

WEATHER: UNKNOWN

OTHER DATA

Activity: Other Phase: Landing Operation: OTHER


FAA FSDO: SEATTLE, WA (NM01) Entry date: 05/10/2010

And here´s a trailing cone that hasn´t fallen off. The idea of this work
was to work out what length of line would be stable. The pressure sensor
is the rigid bar highlighted towards the end of the movie - the cone
is just to keep the whole thing stable.
Trailing-Cone-Stability.wmv
And finally, since the whole fascinating question of trailing cones has
probably never been so thoroughly explored on a blog before, here´s a picture
by Matt Cawby of Seattle of a 787 trailing cone before flight.
 
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