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what is this sticking out of a Boeing 757 wing?

Posted on 2016-11-05
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this was on a Delta flight today ,

any idea what this is?

757 wing
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Question by:NAMEWITHELD12
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by:nickg5
ID: 41876258
I glanced around and do not find an answer. If I saw that part on my plane, I would alert the crew.
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by:Tiras25
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Hmm.. looks like someone forgot the screwdriver between the flaps during the maintenance.  
 Is it flexible?  Does it move during the flight?  Does it move when flaps go up and down?
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by:Dr. Klahn
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Looks like part of a flexible gap seal.  Or it could be a piece of speed tape flapping around.
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Tiras25 earned 996 total points (awarded by participants)
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So.. picture is not very clear.
Looks like part of the frame.  Looks like metal and not rubber.  I don't think that's a gap seal or a tape.  The tape is visible and its going further over the flap.  And the gap should be there between the flaperon and aileron.  
I think (besides the leftover screwdriver) its the part of the control arm or drive lever for the flaps or aileron.

Doesn't look right.  You should have casually pointed it out to the captain when getting off the flight.
Or, call the airline and let them know what you saw with flight number and time.  Better to have it inspected by a ground crew than be sorry.
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by:nickg5
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That photo was taken in the air, you can see the clouds lower left.
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by:Thibault St john Cholmondeley-ffeatherstonehaugh the 2nd
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I sent the pic to a friend who knows quite a lot about aircraft. He says it looks like a flap track and the flap should run up and down in it. IT should be on the underside and not visible and certainly not sticking up like that  He would like to know the flight number, probably to warn them.
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by:viki2000
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Are you landed safely?
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Viki, if the flaps prevent landing they've probably been stuck up there for a couple of days.

If not the flight number, then please post the departure and arrival airports and the time of the flight so my friend can inform the airline.
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by:viki2000
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"Viki, if the flaps prevent landing they've probably been stuck up there for a couple of days."

Do you mean in the air couple of days?
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You think?

I expect there was a safe landing or it would have been hard to post this question.
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by:viki2000
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No, I  don't think a plain in the air for 2 days. I expect safe landing and forgot to close the question or even the above picture from internet and a curiosity question.
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I was wondering if it was a pic from the Internet,  but it does say 'delta flight today' so that does make it sound more personal.
It would be good to identify the plane in case the part hasn't been noticed by anyone and causes a serious problem.
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by:Tiras25
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I'm sure someone called Delta already.  Even without a flight number they can find it out.  Maybe a little bit longer.
Delta has about a hundred 757's.   From those probably less than 30 were in the air on Saturday.
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by:NAMEWITHELD12
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I should have stated that the crew was notified immediately
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Thanks, that's good to know. Hopefully someone will have fastened it back in by now.
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by:NAMEWITHELD12
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I now have more information :

Perhaps some sort of gap seal.
That is was flexible wasn't apparent until speed brakes were applied to cause some turbulence over it.  Before then, there was no movement, so it appeared as though it could have been a solid object.  This would have been worrying because the two flap sections come closer together as flaps are lowered, and this object could have interfered with that, which would have made for an interesting landing.
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by:Tiras25
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You could always .... look at the OTHER wing to see if it had the same thing ...

If there was, I wouldn't be too concerned.

The crew should have known about it though.  Here's the crew:
crew
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by:viki2000
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I think important is that you landed safely and the crew was informed about it.
We can close the question now and thank the participants.
It seems that is not very clear what it was only by looking at one photo.
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