Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: What do you think about the attacks of 9/11?
As to the lack of plane portions, you can figure that without much engineering. The airplane skin is an Al alloy. Aluminum burns. The aircraft was carrying thousands of pounds of Jet A that ignited on impact at 300+ mph.
The airframe is constructed of magnesium ally that is designed to support the airplane mass, the payload, and to support the skin, not for collision.
The combination of thin skin, minimum strength airframe, thousands of pounds of burning Jet A -- all traveling at 300+ mph and hitting a practically immovable object (steel and concrete reinforced, sandstone blocks) resulted in tremendous compression as the nose decelerated and the aft sections continued at 300+ mph. The fuel went aerosol and ignited at 300+ mph, covering everything with thousands of pounds of burning Jet A, igniting the Al and Mg portions of the aircraft (most of it's mass, excluding cargo and fuel).