Five Fatal Flaws of Flt#123
Copyright 2012 by Marc Hagan
THE FIVE FATAL FLAWS OF FLT#123 by Marc Hagan
The fate of this doomed flight began more than half a decade earlier; 400 kilometer from here, and at the same destination for which they were all headed.
The sky was still bright this mid-August evening as thousands of families crowded at the airport for a journey many would make successfully; home to honor the ancestors who had passed on before. Each carried, beyond luggage, a gaily wrapped gift for the home folks.
Passengers board and move to the rear, unaware of the hidden scar just beyond the panel by the aft restrooms. The heavy, forward-facing dish-like, steel aft, pressure bulkhead, was weary, scarred and severely fatigued.
The magnificent 747SR (short Range) had received large-scale repairs at the company maintenance hanger 7 years prior, after it experienced an acute tail-hit landing on the runway at their very destination airport.