Originally Posted by WilliamR
If it WAS outside and hit the dome, THEN it would of slid down the dome, if it hit on the inside of a curve, the debris would of fallen straight down just like it did. Some debris would of carried forward but don't forget, just like the semi, the dome is not giving or anything, all mommentum would of carried the rest of the plane forward into the same spot and since the dome is curving farther out, the debris would of fallen straight down. Your post has it backwards, the town is on the inside of the curve. If it hits that curve there is nothing to slide down as the wall if curving away from you, not under you.
No ... no .. no ... *Inside* the dome, the forward momentum of the debris would have caused said debris to "stick" on the inside surface and gravity would have done its thing and pulled the whole mess down ... all toward the intersection of the dome and the ground. The point is that, At altitude,
the impact point would have quite distance *back* from the intersection of the dome and the ground. The only way the debris falls straight down and still lands near the intersection of the dome and ground is if the dome has almost zero curvature.
Conversely, if the impact was *outside* of the dome, the forward momentum would have worked against gravity and caused the debris to travel *upward* along the dome surface for a time, before gravity eventually would have won out and pulled the whole mess backwards back down the dome.
Upon further review of the tape, *neither* of these options were actually depicted. What we saw was the plane smacking into the dome at altitude on the inside, and the debris bouncing *backwards,* but some how still managing to fall (straight down) very near the intersection of the dome and the ground. Bzzzz. Wrong answer. Even my drunken lizard brain could tell something didn't look right ... hence my confusion.
PS: The following (smoke spot) frame clearly showed the that the impact occurred at a reasonably high altitude. So blame it on the beer and continuity errors ... I guess. Edited by HDTVChallenged - 6/28/13 at 12:04am