posted on Jun, 8 2018 @ 03:22 PM
I wish I could say I was surprised...when I was on them we had good maintainers that literally worked themselves into the ground to keep the pigs
flying and they still broke in a major way often.
Maintenance is not what it used to be (no this is not an old guy saying in my day) we used to ground planes if we had problems, now they just write it
up for a check after flight so the MC rate looks good.
I honestly expect to keep seeing this happen more often, we will see it in planes like the B-1 to start but it will spread.
My guess through fog and age, if it started in the over wing fairing the flex line for the hydraulic system was the catalyst.
We had those lines crack, or develop pin hole leaks probably at least once ever 2 weeks or so at ellsworth.