Historic landing: Roofless Boeing 737-297 landed safely after losing altitude

07/25/2018

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People believe the aging condition of the 19-year-old Boeing 737-297 was at fault and responsible for the accident.

Many still recalled the historic incident which took place on April 28, 1988 when a Boeing 737-297 in charge by Aloha Airline miraculously landed with its one-third of the roof blown off. People believe the aging condition of the plane which had been in use for 19 years was at fault and responsible for the accident.

As its Flight 243 from Hilo to Honolulu, Hawaii lost altitude, passengers started to sing hymns and pray. 13 minutes after the blow-off, the plane landed safely at Maui’s Kahului Airport.

Roofless Boeing 737-297 which landed safely in 1988

 People believe the aging condition of the 19-year-old plane was at fault and responsible for the accident

Roofless Boeing 737-297 which landed safely in 1988

Many of the survivors lauded Pilot Robert Schornstheimer after he completed the marvelous landing

The occupants later found their way out by emergency evacuation slides.

The worst thing happened to Clarabelle Lansing, a 58-year-old flight attendant; she was drawn out of the aircraft during the explosion and was never found. Among a total of 89 passengers, 65 got injured by the incident.

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Flight attendent Clarabelle Lansing went missing after the Boeing 737-297 accident

Flight attendent Clarabelle Lansing was drawn out of the aircraft during the explosion

Many of the survivors lauded Pilot Robert Schornstheimer for his marvelous landing.

One described the landing as being as smoothly as riding in a Cadilac.

The thing here is that in theory, a Boeing 737-297 cannot perform its flying function with one-third of the roof blown off, not to mention the aircraft flying at an altitude of more than 24,000 feet above the Pacific.

Passengers in the historic  Roofless Boeing 737-297 landing accident

Among a total of 89 passengers, 65 got injured by the incident

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