The miracle landing of Aloha Airlines Flight 243

The story of Aloha Airlines Flight 243 is one of the most incredible in the history of commercial aviation. Stephen Skinner examines the events which led to a critical fuselage failure on a Boeing 737, before considering the legacy of the accident

On the afternoon of April 28, 1988, emergency crews were readying themselves at Hawaii’s Kahului Airport for an inbound airliner in distress, unsure of what exactly to expect. The co-pilot of the Boeing 737-200 had informed the control tower that the crew in the cockpit were unable to speak to their colleagues in the cabin, the nose gear had not extended and that they would need all the emergency kit the airport could provide.

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