# Would the wings of a Boeing 787 be snapped off in the same turbulence in which a DC-8 lost an engine and parts of a wing?

From forbes.com:

In 1992, a DC 8 cargo aircraft suffered turbulence so severe over the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains that its left outboard engine was completely ripped off as well as some 12 feet of its left wing’s leading edge. Mercifully, the pilot was able to make an emergency landing at Denver International.

If a 787 was put in the same turbulence as the DC-8, would the wings snap off? The DC-8 is from the '50s while the 787 is a new aircraft.

• 12 feet of its left wing’s leading edge — that's not the same thing as the wing 'snapping off'. The wing was overloaded, and a portion of it was damaged and torn from the airframe, but the DC-8 in question did not lose any span. See the NTSB report: aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19921209-1 – egid Dec 17 '18 at 18:25
• Still classifies as wing damage. There's a photo of BOAC Flight 911 where the wing folded before the plane crashed (also due to turbulence) taken from a person on the ground who was filming the plane flying over Mt. Fuji. – Willy A Dec 17 '18 at 18:30
• Damage, sure. You are specifically asking if wings would "be snapped off", though. If you're actually asking if the 787 would suffer the same damage as the DC-8, you need to rephrase your question. – egid Dec 18 '18 at 5:24
• @egid I read the question as "would a modern aircraft be doomed by turbulence that an old aircraft survived (just)" – Martin Bonner Dec 18 '18 at 12:17