posted on Oct, 29 2012 @ 07:12 PM
reply to post by JrDavis
Yes, they can. Granted aircraft aluminum has a tensile strength higher than some steels, but it's still just lightweight aluminum. Slam it into the
ground, and it's going to come apart, and you're going to have very small pieces, depending on how it hits.
United 585, a Boeing 737-200
USAir 427, a Boeing 737-300
Both were caused by a rudder control unit freezing at altitude, and when the hot hydraulic fluid went through the valve, it caused a rudder reversal,
which flipped both aircraft onto their back, and they slammed into the ground in a nose dive. Neither left very many larger parts behind, and nothing
that you could recognize as being from a 737.
As for your link to the Iran crash, no, it shouldn't have left a similar debris field, because the ground it impacted was totally different than the
ground that the Iranian plane hit. Harder ground, softer ground, a steeper angle, and lower angle, all of those affect your debris fields. Unless
you take another 757, or something of similar size, and slam it into ground that's exactly the same, at the same speed, at the same angle, from the
same altitude, you aren't going to recreate something similar. And even then you might not get a similar debris field.