Could you please see this newspaper heading and shed some light on the yellow part?

Flight of terror: Weak hull hinted


Flight of terror: Weak hull hinted

I'm not familiar with the story, but it sounds like some people had a bad flight.

The hull of the airplane is the same as the hull of a ship. I'd say it's equivalent to the fuselage, or the main body and framework of the plane.

Someone has perhaps leaked a story that the hull was defective, or had not been properly maintained; and that this might have been the reason for whatever happened.

To hint something is to infer it, without stating a source or claiming it to be a fact.
Hi Tom,

There are some hints that the hull was weak.

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Given only this headline, I would interpret it this way:

Part 1: There was a flight where strange things happened; the plane seemed to be about the fall out of the sky. The passengers were terrified.

Part 2: The preliminary findings of the investigators is that the plane's body had structural defects which caused this abnormal behaviour.
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“Flight of Terror: Weak Hull Hinted” is the headline of a April 30, 1988 edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Below the headline is an image of Aloha Airlines flight 243, piloted by Robert Schornstheimer two days earlier on Thursday, April 28. The image is a close up of an airplane with the upper half pipe of fuselage missing across the length of at least 6 rows of seats, still occupied by dazed and injured passengers.

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