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  • Engine cover came off on the UA flight to Hawaii - dangerous?

    A few days ago we heard the news about the United Airlines flight to Honolulu, where the engine cover came off about an hour before landing. I just want to know how dangerous this situation actually was? It's hard to tell with so much media coverage about it. Thanks Captain Tom!

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    Engine cowls have come off before, and none of these incidents has led to a crash, nor seems likely to do so. There is more concern about people on the ground than people in the air, when this happens. It used to happen more often but airlines set up procedures for two people to sign off that the latches on the cowling are locked before the plane is cleared to fly. This reduced the frequency of this problem. I don't know if it has happened to you, but it has to me: driving down the road and havng your car's hood open and fly up. The difference is, on a plane, it doesn't just fly up; it flies off.

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