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Reply to "Where"

I agree with Gustavo that the relative adverb "where" is intended to relate to the "if" adjunct clause within the relative clause rather than to the main clause of the the relative clause; however, that is not standard practice, and the sentence is grammatically questionable on that reading.

You are right, David! Excellent explanation. I have to say that, though somewhat strange — I could not see why —, the meaning of the sentence seemed clear to me. I guess this could be a grammatically superior version:

- Those were the parts which, if a plane was struck by a bullet there, would result in the aircraft not being seen again.
or, perhaps better:
- Those were the parts which, if struck by a bullet, would lead to the plane not being seen again / Those were the parts which, if struck by a bullet, would lead to the loss of the plane.

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