The Miracle Story Of How Aloha Airlines Flight 243 Landed Safely After Losing Its Roof Mid-Flight

The Miracle Story Of How Aloha Airlines Flight 243 Landed Safely
The Miracle Story Of How Aloha Airlines Flight 243 Landed Safely

There is no more amazing, yet shocking story in aviation history than the miraculous landing of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 despite losing a part of its roof. 89 passengers and six crew members were on board an Aloha Airlines jet when a large section of its roof peeled off midflight on April 28, 1988. As a result, the aviation industry was forever changed and became a source of pure horror.

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A twin-engine Boeing 737-200 jet with 110 seats lost cabin pressure midway through a 40-minute flight, according to the Washington Post. Passengers on the Boeing 737 were exposed to extreme winds at 24,000 feet when a large section of the fuselage was ripped off.

During her service to passengers, Clarabelle Lansing was sucked through the opening. Crew members and passengers screamed in horror, convinced that the plane was going to crash before it could land.

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Aloha Airlines Flight 243

Although it appears impossible, the pilots managed to land the damaged plane with an engine on fire at Kahului Airport from 24,000 feet. A thirteen-minute emergency descent to Maui was initiated by the captain after the first officer took over control of the aircraft.

As the damaged plane approached, emergency personnel on the ground could not believe what they were seeing.

Aloha Airlines Flight 243

All other passengers on board survived the incident miraculously. One person died and eight suffered serious injuries among the 95 people onboard. All passengers were seated and belted at the time of the accident, and only the air hostess died. It is noteworthy that Ms Lansing’s body has never been found.

Aloha Airlines Flight 243

As a result of an ‘explosive decompression and structural failure’, the plane’s left engine also failed according to a report by the US National Transportation Safety Board. A passenger noticed a crack in the fuselage during boarding, but failed to notify the crew before takeoff, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

It was as if a loud bang suddenly sounded, but there was no explosion, and I felt a strong pressure change. My eyes were fixed on the front of the airplane and I saw the front of the left side disintegrating, just flying apart. The Washington Post quoted passenger Eric Becklin as saying that the aircraft began with a hole about a yard wide and kept collapsing.

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