The good news: The Eunuchbomber’s underwear bomb probably wouldn’t have destroyed the 747.
A bomb on board a U.S. Christmas Day flight would have failed to bring the plane down even if it had been detonated successfully, a new test explosion suggests.
A controlled blast on a Boeing 747, using the same explosives that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is accused of smuggling on board, failed to burst the fuselage.
It means, had the bomb exploded on December 25, Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit would have successfully landed .
Testing showed that the a charge the size of the underwear bomb would have sprung some rivets and bulged some fuselage skin – bad for resale value, of course – but not compromised the plane’s structural integrity or blown up its fuel tanks.
The bad news? Now the terrorists know this.