DALLAS – On April 28, 1988, Aloha Airlines (AQ) flight 243 suffered an explosive decompression. The incident would have far-reaching consequences for aviation safety policies and procedures.
During the explosion, the ceiling of the AQ Boeing 737-200 was torn open. The Captain was able to land the damaged jet safely at Kahului Airport (OGG) on Maui with 65 passengers and crew on board. Sadly, there was one fatality, Clarabelle Lansing. The jettisoned Flight Attendant would never be found.