Boeing 747-131, TWA 800 , Reconstruction Cargo Door Area Blowup of Blowout

The reconstruction of Boeing 747-131, TWA 800, was smart, expensive, and valuable. It shows its worth. The destructive event is clear to see, a fuselage rupture at the forward cargo door, explosive decompression on the nearby skin, the door slamming upwards taking hinge and skin with it and hitting fuselage windows transferring red paint to the white paint between windows. The middle part of the door with critical midspan latches is missing.

Above text is from NTSB AAR 92/02, page 35, Boeing 747-122, UAL 811, describing cargo door hinge which matches Boeing 747-131, TWA 800 photo above. Nose is to right in this NTSB photo on starboard side, text and analysis by John Barry Smith Further documentation on website


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