Questions tagged [foreign-object-damage]

Damage to an aircraft due to another object striking it; the best-known type is when an object is sucked into one or more of the aircraft's engines, but other types also occur.

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How does the Harrier avoid engine damage when operating from dirt fields?

The Harrier V/STOVL jet was designed in order for its users to be able to retain a functional air force even with all conventional airports destroyed; to this end, it can take off from, and land in, ...
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Materials for temporary dent repair?

On a recent commercial flight (A320neo), I noticed some materials attached to the leading edge of a slat (no photo available). The attached material was not smooth, it rather looked like a small ball ...
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Is there any recorded instance of a passenger's hat or scarf being blown into an aircraft's engine?

Passengers climbing the stairs into an airliner are often subject to gusts of wind; I've had to hold onto my own scarf in the past. It doesn't seem beyond the bounds of probability that a passenger'...
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Can jet engine ingest (suck in) concrete from runway?

In the question Is there any emergency situation in which jet engines would not be shut down before passenger evacuation of a transport aircraft comment says: At full engine power, those vortices ...
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Could a golf ball damage an airliner?

Question Would a golf ball ingested into an engine, or impacting a windshield cause meaningful damage to a commercial airplane? The scenario below outlines that this is possible, but the principle ...
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How much FOD hazard can a Styrofoam drink cup pose?

So, the Collings Foundation and their touring warbirds were in town recently, and we went to visit them. While out on the ramp though, my father managed to lose one of the Styrofoam coffee/drink cups ...
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Would it be viable to install a screen in front of jet intakes to prevent them from sucking in birds?

Why isn't there a protective screen with large diameter holes (approx 2') mounted in front of the jet engine intake to protect the turbine blades? This would keep larger birds and large ground debris ...