Aircraft Structures Take Advantage of Energy Harvesting Implementations

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  • Author: Tony Armstrong
Sometimes a major incident is necessary before mankind’s awareness is pushed to the forefront. How many of us remember that fateful day back on April 28th, 1988, when Aloha Airlines Flight 243 broke apart? In short, approximately 23 minutes after takeoff, a small section on the left side of the roof ruptured. The resulting explosive decompression tore off a large section of the roof, consisting of the entire top half of the aircraft skin extending from just behind the cockpit to the forewing area. The electrical wiring from the nose gear to the indicator light on the cockpit instrument panel was also severed. As a result, the light did not illuminate when the nose gear was lowered, so the pilots had no way of knowing if it had fully extended. Fortunately, the crew was able to perform an emergency landing whereupon they deployed the aircraft’s evacuation slides and evacuated passengers from the aircraft quickly. In all, 65 people were reported injured, 8 seriously.