Looking after the 89 passengers that day was veteran Purser Clarabelle (CB) Lansing. [3], The piece of the fuselage blown off the aircraft was never found. Honda recalled her anguish about an 84-year-old woman who sat so quietly in the front of the coach section when the flight had began and who was now fighting for her life with serious head injuries. But I realised the staples had stapled in to the side of his face and his face was being pulled by the staples. “We couldn’t have gone around and had the tower check our nose gear,” Schornstheimer said. At the time of the incident, the Boeing 737-200 had accumulated 89,680 flight-cycles and 35,496 flight-hours. Sato-Tomita was struck in the head by debris and knocked to the ground unconscious. “An interisland plane that’s going up and down has many more pressurization cycles than a plane flying to the Mainland and back,” Forman explained. Sign-ups ... All public schools along with state and county offices will be closed today in observance of General Election Day. . She reminds you of the top-of-the-line flight attendants you see on the major carriers” said Dale Randles a Honolulu resident who flew Aloha to Maui once a week. Prior to the flight from Hilo for Honolulu, the Boeing 737-200 aircraft underwent a normal walkaround pre-flight inspection by the first officer who did not find anything unusual. He turned toward the nearest airport, Kahalui Airport (OGG) on the island of Maui. The NTSB determined that the accident was a “failure of the Aloha Airlines maintenance program” to detect disbonding and fatigue damage. . At the time, federal regulations didn’t require exterior inspections between flights, and none took place in Hilo. Miller watched the plane approach from the ramp. . Eliminating the knife-edge fatigue detail, which resulted from the countersinking of the panels for flush rivets in a disbonded upper skin; Eliminating the corrosion concern associated with the scrim cloth, which could wick moisture into the lap joint, The events of Flight 243 were featured in "Hanging by a Thread", a, The story of Flight 243 was the subject of the 1990 made-for-television movie called, This page was last edited on 3 November 2020, at 09:39. There was one fatality, flight attendant Clarabelle Lansing, who was ejected from the airplane. It should not have been able to land.”, After being broken in pieces, the Queen Lili‘uokalani waits for recycling in a temporary scrap pile along a sand road at the end of Mahalani Street in Wailuku. Helping Lansing in the cabin was Jane Sato-Tomita and Michelle Honda, who had been working for Aloha for 14 years. First Officer Tompkins made the takeoff at 1:25 p.m. and climbed in visual conditions to Flight Level 240 (24,000 feet/7,315 meters), reaching that altitude at about 1:48 p.m. Aloha Airlines’ Boeing 737-297, N73711, circa 1978. I didn’t possibly think that this plane could land.”. Events like this make us remember why we do our job and serve as a reminder to the world that we are Aviation’s ‘First Responders’. “I thought to myself ‘Voice commands? “One of the dangers for people that do go through an event of this magnitude, they’re changed forever, really,” said Schornstheimer, who settled a lawsuit with Boeing in 1991 over the emotional stress he suffered after the accident. The NTSB concluded in its final report on the accident: “The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the Aloha Airlines maintenance program to detect the presence of significant disbonding and fatigue damage which ultimately led to failure of the lap joint at S-10L and the separation of the fuselage upper lobe.”, “Contributing to the accident were the failure of Aloha Airlines management to supervise properly its maintenance force; the failure of the FAA to require Airworthiness Directive 87-21-08 inspection of all the lap joints proposed by Boeing Alert Service Bulletin SB 737-53A1039; and the lack of a complete terminating action (neither generated by Boeing nor required by the FAA) after the discovery of early production difficulties in the B-737 cold bond lap joint which resulted in low bond durability, corrosion, and premature fatigue cracking.”. “Most of what I did in the air was done, to be honest with you, by memory,” Schornstheimer said. The roof tears off of Aloha Airlines 243, a Boeing 737, at 24,000 feet. The last one in service with an American airline—Aloha Airlines—was retired 21 March 2008. It had a flight crew of two and could carry a maximum of 136 passengers. It was the first time for us in Maui. Upon landing, the aircraft's emergency evacuation slides were deployed and passengers quickly evacuated from the aircraft. He retired from Aloha in 2005, three years before the airline folded. All Schornstheimer knew in that moment was that the plane was in deep trouble — and that he needed to do everything possible to get it to land safely. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It is then discovered that one of the flight attendants are missing, after being sucked out of the aircraft during the explosion. At this time Flight 243 began to yaw and roll. Aloha Airlines Flight 243 (IATA: AQ243, ICAO: AAH243) was a scheduled Aloha Airlines flight between Hilo and Honolulu in Hawaii. The danger wasn’t quite over yet — Schornstheimer said the plane felt “springy, like being on the end of a diving board,” and he sensed it flexing as if it might break in two. “You’re just sort of dazed. It was the first time for us in Maui. “You can pass out. When tragedy strikes we are there to save lives. And I tried to get some peace with the world, but there was too much noise and too much debris flying around, so that never happened.”, “I was very concerned about the fact that the hole was growing all the time,”, “There was crap just flying around, and then there was a whole section of people that were right below where the hole was opening up.”, “I was just totally focused on having to make it,”, “I didn’t have time to dwell on what would happen if I didn’t.”, “a waste of time, and actually kind of dangerous.”, “You always have to maintain the big picture, and the big picture is to fly the airplane, keep it under control and at the same time figure out what you’re going to do,”, “We are unpressurized. The flight deck door blew away and Captain Schornstheimer could see “blue sky where the first-class ceiling had been.” The captain took the controls, deployed the speed brakes and began an immediate descent at 280–290 knots (322–334 miles per hour/519–537 kilometers per hour), with a rate of descent as high as 4,100 feet per minute (20.83 meters per second). The plane was coming in at 170 knots — just over 195 mph, or 50 mph faster than normal. 28 April 1988: Aloha Airlines Flight 243, a Boeing 737-297 airliner, FAA registration N73711, named Queen Liliuokalani, was enroute from Hilo International Airport (IPO) to Honolulu International Airport (HNL) with a crew of 5 and 89 passengers. There wasn’t any question about it.”. When the airplane climbed to 24,000 feet, an explosive decompression took place. Captain Schornstheimer felt the aircraft roll to the left and right and the controls went loose. British Airways Much Maligned Boss Steps Down, How Contactless Tech is Travel’s Next Big Thing, New Low-Cost Airline Reveals Genderless Uniform Collection, First Class Service For Our NHS Heroes – Project Wingman, Iberia Reveals Stunning New Uniform by Teresa Helbig. Regarding these procedurals, the NTSB stated that this practice was inappropriate to assess the overall condition of an airplane, outlining “the maintenance and inspection personnel that each airplane would need to have fully operational status to meet the next day’s flying schedule.”. [11] Investigation by the United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded that the accident was caused by metal fatigue exacerbated by crevice corrosion. . “And I think my co-pilot did, too.”. “The passengers were reaching out and holding me as I went by and grabbed their arms. You could ask her anything and she’d answer your questions”.

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