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ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories

Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis

Edited by
Khlefa A. Esaklul
Khlefa A. Esaklul
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ASM International
Volume
2
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-215-0
Publication date:
1993
Book Chapter

Aircraft Accident Caused by Explosive Sabotage

By
R.V. Krishnan
R.V. Krishnan
National Aeronautical Laboratory
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S. Radhakrishnan
S. Radhakrishnan
National Aeronautical Laboratory
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A.C. Raghuram
A.C. Raghuram
National Aeronautical Laboratory
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V. Ramachandran
V. Ramachandran
National Aeronautical Laboratory
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Published:
1993
Page range:
3 - 6

Abstract

Damage to a passenger aircraft that resulted from a midair explosion and subsequent emergency landing was investigated to determine the cause and location of the explosion. Extensive damage had occurred in the front toilet and cockpit areas and to the undercarriage and underside of the aircraft. Fractographic and surface examination of metal fragments (stainless steel and aluminum alloy) from damaged areas indicated that the accident was caused by an explosion in the front toilet. A reconstruction exercise confirmed this conclusion. Damage to the undercarriage and underside resulted from the emergency landing.

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R.V. Krishnan, S. Radhakrishnan, A.C. Raghuram, V. Ramachandran, 1993. "Aircraft Accident Caused by Explosive Sabotage", Handbook of Case Histories in Failure Analysis, Khlefa A. Esaklul

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