RELEASE NO. 02-012
NASA releases wind tunnel mishap report
NASA has approved the report of a mishap investigation board
into the failure of a wind tunnel test stand on Feb. 5, 2001, at
NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton. The board ruled that the
cause of the mishap was a catastrophic overload of a part of the
stand that holds the test model called a sting.
The failure occurred during a test in Langley's 16-foot
transonic wind tunnel, when the wind speed equaled Mach 0.8 or
approximately 600 miles per hour. The mishap caused major damage to
the tunnel and destroyed the jet intake of an F-15.
Volume One of the report is available from the Langley Research
Center Office of Public Affairs at 757-864-6124.
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