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Wed, Jul 09, 2008

FAA Says Structural Defect Is Behind Dented 757 Radome

Suspect Part Being Examined By NWA Technicians

A bird strike has been ruled out by the FAA as the cause of a mysterious dent in the nosecone of a Northwest Airlines Boeing 757.

As ANN reported, the crew reported hearing a bang descending through 18,000 feet Sunday near Tampa, and the plane's nose-mounted radar failed at the same moment... but no blood or feathers were found, and not many birds are found at flight level 180 anyway.

The plane landed without incident, and no one was injured.

Now, the FAA says the dent was a simple collapse caused by a structural defect in the radome itself. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press an investigation is underway to determine why the structure failed.

Northwest says the nose cone was replaced and the plane was back in service Monday. The damaged section was shipped to Minneapolis-St. Paul where Northwest technicians are examining it.

The age of Northwest's 757 fleet ranges from five to 17 years.

FMI: www.nwa.com

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