On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 10:23:52 -0800, someone wrote:
The "typical" amount long used by the FAA was 170 lbs. However, there
have been crashes of the 19 seat commuter planes where the actual
weight of the passengers was an issue. I fly small planes and have
known of pilots who put a few big guys in the back seats of a small
pane, and had the plane tip back and the tail hit the ground.
At the governmant weights there were nearly 12,000 lbs of people on
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The sad thing is that this is not a unique accident for Chicago. A
few years ago, I had a friend who was severly injured in a similar
porch collapse with an almost identical situation (although there were
no fatalities). The City Building Department is well-aware of the
problem and attempts to control construction quality through permits
and building code enforcement. It is not 100% clear whether the porch
was up to code in this most recent situation, but common sense should
rule if you find yourself in a similar situation. Unfortunately, I
think that the physical integrity of the platform that those young
people were standing on was probably the last thing on their minds...
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