Who's Online

We have 1475 guests online

Live Traffic Feed

Life in the Skies

'A Local Bestseller!'

What Tony says
(See here)
and Book Launch video here
 
What others say

Les Posen
(See
here)

Yvonne Lee
(See
here)

Louisa Lim & Allan Koay
(See
here)

Aireen Omar, Asran & Bo Lingam
(See
here)

38 Readers' Comments
(See here)

Get an autographed copy here

AMAZON.COM  -  To Order, please Click here 

(eBook) Kindle edition - please Click here

Latest Comment

Thunderstorms and th
Hi Captain Lim, I would like to know if there ha

What happens if I ge
I have seen a comment from a Flight attendant that

What are the eyesigh
Captain, I am in class 11 in India and want to bec

What are the eyesigh
PLEASE stop asking about your eyes!!! Read the art

Vomiting on long hau
I have traveled a lot (almost 2 million miles) the

Can you become an ai
Hi captain , I had an accident 15 yrs ago and ha

Does a jet aircraft
Reading through the comments was both entertaining

Does a jet aircraft
So many nonsense here... Earth isn't flat. Period.

What are the cruisin
"how in the hell can you reach JFK if you leave fr

What are the eyesigh
tjsoihsdojfsioufs f post

Paperback Version

 For Local Availability - Check Here
 
Home > Air Turbulence > Will a wing tear off in flight when encountering turbulence?
Will a wing tear off in flight when encountering turbulence?
Weather - Air Turbulence
Tuesday, 11 December 2007 21:00

Hello Capt Lim,

I have a total fear of flying but still do when I have to. I always look at the wings and ask myself what keeps one of the wings from just tearing off. What is the construction design to make sure that this could never happen, and could it happen? I am pretty sure a wing tearing off is pretty much an uncontrollable situation but I think about that every time I get on a plane. It seems like a huge amount of stress on the wings, or is there less than I think?

Also, wind turbulence. I see these weather planes fly into hurricanes for readings. Is that trip an incredibly bumpy ride and could turbulence actually tip a plane over......and if a big jet ever gets inverted, can it handle the stress and be brought back under control?

Randy Hanson,
Tyler, Texas

Hi Randy,

You would be surprised to see how strong the wings of a commercial airliner are. If you had watched the documentary in the Discovery Channel about the Boeing 777 being the airliner of the 21st Century, you would have noticed how much stress the wings could take. In fact, on a test rig of a Boeing 777 wing, the tip was stressed as much as 24 feet from the level position before it gave way! Yes, it is possible for the wings to be torn off on ground due to collision or a crash, but the thought of a wing being torn off in flight in a modern jetliner is extremely unlikely. The airplane design engineers have to comply with very stringent FAA Regulations on wing construction. So there is no fear as to the wings tearing off in flight at any time in severe turbulence!

Weather planes that deliberately fly into turbulence for scientific purposes would certainly encounter very rough and bumpy flight but the airplanes are specially designed to do so. Properly handled, it is not possible for the airplane to tip over. In fact, on a Boeing 777, it is not possible in normal flight control mode for the airplane to bank more that 35 degrees. It would warn the pilot and prevent him from banking further automatically.

There was once a heavy commercial jet that inadvertently went into a spiral dive, where at some stage, it was almost inverted. However the Captain was able to recover the airplane from the unstable condition and landed safely. On ground inspection, it was found that many of the flight controls surfaces were overstressed and badly buckled.

Trackback(0)

TrackBack URI for this entry

Comments (1)

Subscribe to this comment's feed
Salem Or
Hello Capt Linn. Thank You for all your valuable information on turbulence and air craft integrity. My family and I flew back from Honolulu Hi Yesterday to Portland Or. I must say out of 40 years of flying I have never experienced turbulence at 32000 ft like we did on this flt. According to your catagories I believe our experience was in the severe rating. It lasted not for minutes but for an hour and a half. I must say that flight created a lot af anxiety for my family and myself in regards to flying. It has raised many questions about flt safety for us and I must admit our whole flt was excited to get to PDX. You have answered many of my questions in all your messages and I will share this with my family to try to reduce their anxieties.
Thanks Mark Salem OR
Mark , 03 Mar, 2013

Write comment

smaller | bigger

busy
 

Paperback Version

 For Local Availability - Check Here

Recommended By..


LIFE IN THE SKIES

'A Local Bestseller!'

Recommended by

Patrick Smith
Boston USA
(See
here)

Capt Meryl Getline
ex-United Airlines USA
(See
here)

Capt Doug Morris
Canadian Airlines
(See
here)

Capt  Robert J Boser
ex-United Airlines USA
(See
here)

38 Readers' Comments
(See here)

Get an autographed copy here

AMAZON.COM  -  To Order, please Click here 

(eBook) Kindle edition - please Click here

View Book Launch video here

Follow me

@CaptKHLim

Like What You Read?


If you like what you read, more stories are found in my book LIFE IN THE SKIES (Preview here) and you can purchase a copy here. To check for any latest updates or postings, you can follow my Twitter at @CaptKHLim or Facebook here

MH 370 Interviews

Click here to View

10 Most Popular Posts



Disclaimer | Privacy
2004 - 2011 © AskCaptainLim.com | Site Concept by eQuilec.com