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Old 03-29-2006, 08:27 AM   #7  
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Originally Posted by ryane946
I heard that the flight continued all the way to Oakland and landed safely. Did the pilots even know if those pieces had fallen off? If so, wouldn't a preventative landing have been a good idea.
Unless the loss of the cowling set up some sort of a vibration the crew would have no way of knowing that the parts were gone. There is no "the cowling just departed the airplane" warning light.
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