Am writing a scene in a story where a Boeing 747 is shadowed, and eventually hit with a missile. Am thinking of a short range, infra-red seeking missile, say an Vympel R-73/AA-11 Alamo.
What's left me puzzled is what would happen if the missile hit an engine? Would the 747 still be able to fly, albeit crippled and in trouble, and what would the pilots possibly do in reaction to the damage?
Looked up Wikipedia, and the closest I get is the downing of the KAL 007, which looks as if it is very different from what I need
Any help here's appreciated :-), thanks!