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Additional reporting by Clark Merrefield.
Take comfort: survivability rates are very high even in violent crashes during landing (as long as there’s no fire). But the newest models of the 737 Next Generation series have suffered shattered fuselages, which makes passenger evacuation difficult – for example, emergency slides are often unusable.
December 2009, Kingston, Jamaica: An American Airlines 737-800 splits open after running off the runway during a rainstorm. All 154 passengers survive, some with injuries.
August 2010, San Andrés Island, Colombia: An Aires Airlines 737-700 rips apart after landing in an electrical storm. One passenger dies, 30 injured.
July 2011, Georgetown, Guyana: A Caribbean Airlines 737-800 ruptures after running off the runway in a rainstorm; 163 passengers survive, some injured.
A news alert from Reuters quotes a French airport official as saying: "It did not land. That is all we can say for the moment.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: carewemust
Either would be bad enough. A structural problem that could bring down an aircraft could mean a fleetwide issue that could be major. A bomb, put on the aircraft in Paris would be pretty significant too, because so many large aircraft depart from there every day. If they could get a bomb on board this one, there's no reason they couldn't get one on a 777 or 747, or large aircraft with hundreds of people on board.