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By Tony Verdicchio

Incident Basics
Occurred April 28, 1988 at 1346 Flight was at 24,000 ft. En-route to Honolulu from Hilo Model of aircraft was a Boeing 737-200 Carrying 89 passengers, 6 crew members

Damages
One person fatally wounded (un-secured flight attendant sucked out by decompression forces) 7 passengers and one flight attendant received serious non-fatal injuries as a result of debris Plane reported as non-reparable, dismantled on-site

Causes
Fatigue damage and dis-bonding (forming a slightly visible crack) of the outer fuselage materials was present before takeoff Caused a large tear to form in the plane due to decompression which continuously increased in size Unnoticed by the maintenance program

Affects
Resulted in an in-depth inspection of Aloha Airlines management and B-737 design reliability Increased FAA regulations for fatigue inspection for aircraft

Sources
http://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/summary/aar 8903.html http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0, 9171,149181,00.html http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/AcftRef_Inq uiry.aspx