Narrative account of the Aloha Airlines Flight 243 disaster.

Here’s a remarkable account of the Aloha Airlines fuselage disintegration some 23 years ago.

In the cockpit Captain Robert Schornsteimer occupied the command seat.  First Officer Madeline ‘Mimi’ Tompkins sat to his right.  …

The first indication in the cockpit that something was amiss was a loud clap and a sudden rush of wind.  Every mote of dirt and dust in the cockpit lifted into the air along with bits of insulation material, briefly obscuring visibility.  Captain Schornsteimer glanced over his right shoulder.  The cockpit door was missing, and beyond that was the incredible sight not of the ceiling above the passenger cabin, but rather clear, blue sky.

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