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Has there ever been any one killed by falling airplane parts?
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Wednesday, 04 May 2011 13:05

Hi Capt Lim,

Are you aware of anyone in the US that has been killed by a falling airplane parts. I believe a few people may have been killed at an air show due to colliding planes that broke up but I was wondering about parts just falling off.

Thanks

David.

Hi David,

I am not aware of anyone in the US being killed by airplane falling parts except through a search in the net that came out with this unusual comparison - it states that “the chance of dying from falling airplane parts is 30 times greater than dying from a shark attacks. Shark attacks receive more publicity because they are easier to imagine (after seeing the film Jaws, for example), most people rate shark attacks as the more probable cause of death.”

Further, “elephants kill approximately 250 people per year and crocodiles killed the same number of people last year as sharks have in the past 100 years. The odds of being killed by lightning are one in almost 2 million; by a bee sting one in 5.5 million; by falling airplane parts, one in 10 million."

However, falling parts from planes contributing to deaths on the ground are more likely than actual plane parts falling on someone’s head. In the latest incident, parts of the engine cover from the Airbus A380 approaching to land at Singapore fell onto the Batam Island in Indonesia but did not hit anyone. (See video 1 below)


Video 1: Qantas Airbus A380 Emergency Landing

The worst case of a plane part falling down from a Continental DC 10 had in fact caused the crash of the Concorde in Paris – see video 2

Other more dramatic causes of death due to plane crashing onto crowd are often seen in air shows when planes collided with each other – see video 3.

Lastly, see video 4 on the effect of jet blast from a plane taking off from St Maarten Island.


Video 2: The Concorde Crash


Video 3: Ramstein Air Show


Video 4: Jet Blast from B747

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Years ago a friend told me her sister. ..
Years ago a friend told me her sister was playing in the back yard and was killed by debris falling from an aircraft. This would have been in the late 1950s or early 1960s in Louisiana. I've tried to look it up online, but haven't had any luck. Maybe because it's so long ago.
Linda , 23 Apr, 2014

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