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SteveG said:
Here it comes.
Regardless of what the official investigaton shows.
Unfortunately true.

Terrorists will not be speculated upon.
Al Quaida will not be investigated.
Evil Bitter Clinger gun nuts will be deemed to be the culprits. Without ANY investigation.

McCarthy, Schumer, and Bloomberg will be on the stump yet again harping their anti-Constitution agenda.
 

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A/C can fly with all sorts of holes in them, a modern A/C constantly regulates air going in and out of the cabin. The media will, unfortunately have a field day with this one. Cue the Eddington "Heat seeking bullet" footage

 

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There are several problems with this story.
1. How long was the hole there? The probability of the Capt/FO/FLT mechanic seeing a bullet hole in the fuselage or better yet the vertical stab is pretty slim on a normal preflight walk around. A 737 has slot of surface area to look at and although they do not say where exactly the hole was, the "rear" of the aircraft a fairly high overhead. If it did not hit any of the systems of the aircraft, it could have been there for some time.

2. Chances are the bullet struck the aircraft while on the ground, perhaps on an overnight at PHL. The area around the airport is not the greatest around there, as it is near almost any major airport. Lower property values typically equal higher crime/ gang activity. Most people do not desire to live adjacent to all the noise. Chances are it did not happen in flight.

3. As stated in previous posts, the anti's are going to milk is cow to death. Most people have no idea about guns or aircraft and the media will make this sound like the end of the world. Meanwhile, the laser pointer incidents from a couple of years ago, are more detrimental to a flight than a bullet hole. There are more depressurization points on a commercial aircraft than I can count. Every time a cable or hydraulic line penetrate from the inside of the pressurized cabin to the rest of the aircraft, there is a point where it can and will leak. It is normal. One more hole typically will not make any difference in the performance of the aircraft.
 

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crz_alt said:
There are several problems with this story.
1. How long was the hole there? The probability of the Capt/FO/FLT mechanic seeing a bullet hole in the fuselage or better yet the vertical stab is pretty slim on a normal preflight walk around. A 737 has slot of surface area to look at and although they do not say where exactly the hole was, the "rear" of the aircraft a fairly high overhead. If it did not hit any of the systems of the aircraft, it could have been there for some time.

2. Chances are the bullet struck the aircraft while on the ground, perhaps on an overnight at PHL. The area around the airport is not the greatest around there, as it is near almost any major airport. Lower property values typically equal higher crime/ gang activity. Most people do not desire to live adjacent to all the noise. Chances are it did not happen in flight.

3. As stated in previous posts, the anti's are going to milk is cow to death. Most people have no idea about guns or aircraft and the media will make this sound like the end of the world. Meanwhile, the laser pointer incidents from a couple of years ago, are more detrimental to a flight than a bullet hole. There are more depressurization points on a commercial aircraft than I can count. Every time a cable or hydraulic line penetrate from the inside of the pressurized cabin to the rest of the aircraft, there is a point where it can and will leak. It is normal. One more hole typically will not make any difference in the performance of the aircraft.
All of that! I just can't type that much now...
 

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Interesting comment on the FOX page. Not sure if info is correct or where they got it from. Somebody stated that:

"It was a 40 cal. bullet. In charlotte, the Charlotte Police Training Acadamy is in very close proximity to the air port. They have shooting ranges at the acadamy. The police train with and carry 40 cal pistols.
Very often, new trainies have no experience with firearms. Just sayin ?????????????"

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/03/29/authorities-question-source-bullet-philly-plane/#ixzz1I5ZyDXtg

Gotta love his typos... ;)
 

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What if the hole occured while this plane was in a foreign country?
 

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OK, so we found a hole that may have been there for days/weeks... months?

How do we know it was hit after landing? Not sitting parked last week in California, or Florida, or anywhere else?

I'm amazed that someone spotted a 3/8" hole on TOP of a 737 from the ground to begin with ...
 
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