Airlines safety improves through automobile solutions

The de Havilland Comet, the world's first commercial jet airliner, was launched in 1952. Tragically, within a year of its entry into service, the aircraft experienced a series of highly publicized accidents, with three Comets lost due to catastrophic mid-flight mishaps, resulting in significant loss of life.

The Comet's engineering challenges were multifaceted, with the most prominent being the square window design, which led to metal fatigue and subsequent structural failures.  Comet looked to Automobile industry for solutions. The three main engineering problems and their solutions were as follows:

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