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Tin Kickers

  • Gerry Byrne


Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are sometimes called “tin kickers,” and watching them work on a plane crash, it’s not hard to see why. They walk around the site, sometimes gingerly lifting pieces of metal with their toecaps, then letting them back down again. Sometimes they will stoop or squat and turn over an item of wreckage, and if they look puzzled or bewildered, it’s because they usually are. Here, amid the still-smoldering, barely recognizable remains of what once was a precision-built piece of flying machinery, is probably the last place they are going to find the immediate cause of a crash.


Wind Shear Radar Antenna United Airline Aircraft Accident Instrument Landing System 
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  • Gerry Byrne

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