Assault is a behavior; Not a weapon.
Unfortunately true.SteveG said:Here it comes.
Regardless of what the official investigaton shows.
All of that! I just can't type that much now...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.