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How These Pilots Landed a Roofless Plane

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How These Pilots Landed a Roofless Plane

Short | 02:24

Aloha Airlines Flight 243 was rapidly losing altitude after its roof tore off, injuring more than half of the passengers and causing one fatality. How the pilots managed to land without crashing is remarkable.

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An island hop through paradise turns into a living hell for all aboard Aloha Airlines Flight 243 when the top of the fuselage tears off the airplane. The cabin becomes depressurized and there's no emergency oxygen supply. First, the pilots must rapidly reach a lower altitude so everyone can breathe. Then they must figure out how to land a plane that is held together by just its floor beams. Passengers brave 13 minutes of terror and 300 MPH freezing winds as pilots attempt to land a plane on the verge of coming apart.

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