Nicksair From United States of America, joined Aug 2002, 484 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2854 times:
As far as i know (from seeing the Seattle and Portland local news websites), the problem was the Oxygen masks dropped from the celing for an unknown reason. It could be pressurazation or maybe a malfunction of some kind. There is more info on http://www.king5.com, and http://www.komotv.com
Mika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2761 times:
Can someone please refresh my memory about what the cause was behind the depressurization of the Helios 737-300 last summer?
I seem to recall that it was a missunderstanding/mistake by mx who set one of the pressurization valves to manual/override open but forgot to set it back prior to clearing the aircraft. Or was it some mechanical fault on the plane itself?
An awful lot of Classic 737´s that are involved in depressurization incidents lately, that´s all i can say.
Me too, but Boeing thinks of them that way, so I guess that's what we should do too.
Anyhow, I think you guys are overreacting a little bit. Two pressurization problems in a couple weeks isn't a big deal. This happens a lot more than we know it- it's only news because it happened recently, and the media can create a big stir and keep people talking (and thus tuned in) this way. Kind of like when CNN showed the JetBlue nosewheel incident in California, only to turn around as soon as they got wind and show the YX 717 land in Boston with gear troubles. Neither of them a big deal, but they sure played it up. The questions they were asking 'experts' were so dumb that I wondered if their next question would be, "So, sir, just how reliable are wheels, who invented them, and who can the passengers file suit against for this dangerous invention you call 'wheel'?"
Anyhow, not a biggie.
Now, when an AA A300-605 became OVER pressurized to the point that it blew a flight attendant out the door when he opened it... that was newsworthy. Especially since the poor guy died.
PlanesNTrains From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 5590 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2523 times:
Quoting AA737-823 (Reply 5): Anyhow, I think you guys are overreacting a little bit. Two pressurization problems in a couple weeks isn't a big deal. This happens a lot more than we know it- it's only news because it happened recently, and the media can create a big stir and keep people talking (and thus tuned in) this way.
I was talking with an AS CSR (off duty) yesterday and she was saying how she felt the media was all over them for the smallest things. She said that when someone says to her "Oh, I heard about your XYZ trouble the other night!", she says, "Oh, and did you hear about the AA incident the other day?" Invariably, the answer is "No."
Bottom line: The media locally is on their case right now, so any incident will get airtime. Many of the employees are feeding stuff to the media as well, so they know about more than they otherwise might.
Flashmeister From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 2900 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2347 times:
When I watched KPTV this morning, they were reporting that it was a GQ plane with seven on board...
That's what you get for watching KPTV. Was this before or after the daily MethWatch segment?
I realize that the media makes a bigger deal out of this than they should. Thinking this through further, the first pressurization incident this week (the return to SEA) was spotted far below the cabin altitude where masks deploy (and where the Helios jet ran into trouble).
This one came above that altitude, which tells me that the events leading up to the depressurization were indeed different.
Just wanted to get the news that folks in/around AS might have.
Actually, I found out later, while browsing KGW's web site, that there were two incidents: The GQ incident with a Beechcraft 1900D (Had no idea that GQ even flew to PDX), and the AS depressurization incident (last night).
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