By Neeraj Gangal
US Christmas Day flight may have landed safely even if bomb on board was detonated successfully.
A test explosion on a Boeing 747 suggests that a US Christmas Day flight would have landed safely even if a bomb on board was detonated successfully, according to a BBC report last week.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, has been charged with trying to blow up Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit with a bomb sewn into his underwear on a Christmas Day flight.
As per the the controlled experiment carried out for the BBC Two documentary 'How safe are our Skies? Detroit Flight 253 - the test plane's fuselage did not break in the controlled blast. The experiment used the same amount of explosive allegedly carried by Abdulmutallab.
The experiment was carried out by UN explosives expert Dr John Wyatt and analysed by air accident investigator Captain J Joseph. However the experts said it showed the suspected bomber and the passenger next to him would have been killed.
Abdulmutallab has denied attempting to murder 289 people.
Whilst interesting the use of a B747 to simulate the explosion that might have gone off on Delta 253, the characteristics & integrity of of a B747 are not the same as an AB 330. (which was the aircraft in the incident.) There are too many variables involved to determine that a catastrophic fuselage failure would have been avoided. I would like to see more evidence on the same aircraft type to be fully reassured. Good Publicity for the old Jumbo (Boeing) though !
Actually the aircraft involved in the incident was a B777 Delta/NW, not an A330, current generation of B747 (meaning the ones being produced now) use the same materials as the B777 in question, thus making it comparable.