Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3230 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2712 times:
According to Dutch radio news a number of passengers were sucked out of a plane when the door flew of. The plane was an Ilyushin cargo plane chartered by the military. Apparently the plane was carrying 200 passengers.
No mention about whether the plane crashed or not. Therefore I presume it landed safely, otherwise the news would have mentioned it.
The BBC is reporting 120 casualties. The article mentioned that the back door fell of. That would make it almost definately a IL-76. Is it normal to move passengers in a cargo plane like a '76?
Alessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 13, posted (10 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2525 times:
The latest I seen in Swedish media, on friday night, about 200 Congolese died
in a freak accident being sucked out of the rear when a cargo door on the IL-76 failed 45 minutes into the flight at 2200m. The plane was going from Leopoldville (Kinshasa) to Elisabethville (Lumbumbashi) when the cargo door opened, the Russian air-crew turned around the plane and landed in Leopoldville (Kinshasa).
Unique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 40 Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2457 times:
Treg, with a planned flying altitude of more than 2200 m, pressure is built up before reaching the altitude you need to build up pressure. In other words, the cell has already been pumped up even though the altitude was not yet reached but was planned to be reached.
Backfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (10 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2319 times:
I'm with you, Treg.
Pressurization of an aircraft is a gradual process. In any case aircraft are normally pressurized to around 6000-8000ft altitude, so the differential at 7000ft would have been negligible I'd have thought.
Besides, a large door falling off would have equalized pressure almost immediately - so I can't see how 100-plus people could have been blown out.
Was this aircraft really at 7000ft, or a lot higher?
Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 52 Reply 23, posted (10 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2280 times:
33.33 millibars of pressure differential per 1000 feet in the International Standard Atmosphere.
If everyone was standing up (ie. crammed into the cargo area), and the aircraft was in a nose-up attitude, nothing to hold on to... it might not have been a case of being 'sucked' out, but more 'falling' out.
Finally: Only 7,000ft after 45 minutes of flight? That slow rate of climb is not going to happen routinely... unless it was cruising at this level.
The usual completely inaccurate media reports again! At least they spelled Ilyushin correctly this time.