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Probe: in-flight breakup of 747 caused by fatigue cracks
Last updated: 21 October 2017

published: 26 FEB 2005
by Harro Ranter, ASN

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The Taiwanese Aviation Safety Council has finished their probe into the May 2002 in-flight breakup of a China Airlines Boeing 747. It was concluded that damage from a 1980 tailstrike was not properly repaired and fatigue cracks had formed there, eventually leading to the structural failure. (ASC)

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