Talk:LANSA Flight 508

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Another Movie[edit]

The story of Julia Koepcke was first shown in a spanish movie from 1974. Long before Werner Herzog made his movie. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:908:D512:6D80:7025:6349:2CEA:DB3B (talk) 07:20, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

More sources[edit]

Here: Pleitgen, Frederik. "Survivor still haunted by 1971 air crash." CNN. July 2, 2009. WhisperToMe (talk) 23:25, 14 May 2010 (UTC)

Faraday Cage[edit]

Could this article please explain how lightning destroyed the aircraft? I thought plane skins acted like the aforementioned physic property blocking out any effects of electrical discharge? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:01, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

I was wondering the same thing. Can anyone explain this? Captain Quirk (talk) 22:25, 9 March 2014 (UTC)
I'm no expert, but was curious enough to learn more. Apparently the Lockheed L-188 Electra was found to have a design flaw regarding the engine mount, as well as durability of the skin materials. This would be consistent with the report of a lightning strike on the wing or one of the prop engines, causing fire and separation of the wings themselves. A surprisingly large proportion of the planes were lost to crashes. For more on the Faraday Cage concept I found a great article at Scientific American - While generally the way planes are built causes lightning to harmless pass through the plane, vulnerability arises when there is insufficient skin around the area of the fuel tank, electrical equipment, and as in this case, the engines and wings. Also if there is an incomplete circuit of the aluminum shell from front to back, this can cause problems. Lockheed and other manufacturers seem to have learned their lesson, which may explain why this type of accident is so uncommon -- though it is, apparently, possible. On a different topic, citation number 2 (Plane Crash Accident Board) takes us to a reference to an Indian Airlines crash that same year, obviously not LANSA Flight 508. If nobody has an issue I'm going to remove it. Alt lys er svunnet hen (talk) 03:08, 15 March 2015 (UTC)