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Old 25th Jun 2014, 12:48
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Lonewolf_50
 
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If the Captain was narrowly missed, I will venture a guess that the small arms engagement was from the forward quarter. (about 10:00 to 2:00)

550, I am not sure that it is necessarily a 12.7mm or .50 cal class weapon just because of high hit rate. I don't think it "had to be a large caliber." (Might have been, though, as a bipod or tripod MG might be easier to aim at a moving target ... )

Jacketed AK-47 rounds (similar to M-14 rounds in terms of 7.62/.308ish caliber) would have little trouble penetrating an aluminum skinned airliner.
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