A friend of mine in college had a summer internship with UPS at their Knoxville flight operations facility. Upon returning to school the following semester she was sharing with some of the interesting and weird things that happen in the working world and in the world of air freight. One of the most memorable stories was about a plane that overstressed the airframe in a storm while approaching an airport in the Pacific Northwest. A crew was dispatched to assess the aircraft and, if safe to do so, fly it back to Knoxville, TN. The instrumentation indicated that the airframe had been subjected to g-forces beyond its design, but well within the safety factor. The only noticiable damage were some popped rivets on one of the wings. They got out some duct tape, taped up the wing panels to keep them from getting ripped apart during flight and flew the plane back.
For a long time I thought she was BSing me. However, I’ve heard several similar stories and so now I’ve come to believe this story is entirely plausible.