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Software enhances view of aircraft flaws

4:46pm, February 3, 2004

The day the roof ripped off Aloha Airlines flight 243 at 24,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean, aviation research took a new turn. Officials blamed widespread corrosion as a main culprit in the 1988 disaster. The incident intensified work in a field known as nondestructive evaluation–analyzing the guts of materials without cutting them open.

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