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Story: Pilot Flying Alone, Axe Needed!  
User currently offlineLXLucien From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 328 posts, RR: 4
Posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2484 times:


Recently I've heard a story about a Pilot in a southern African state.. Mozambique i think..
It a quite a funny story, but is it really true?  Smile
Some 10 years ago, a 737 pilot who is flying a national route today, is waiting for his first officer. As he didn't arrive until the dep. time, the cpt decided to fly without him (that means, he was alone in the cockpit!), as he know the routing very well!
Takeoff was normal, no problems at all...
Some minutes in flight, the cpt must go to the toilet, but he can't open the door from outside without someone in the cockpit.
He had the idea to put a tape on the door lock, so it can't close...
So.. he went to the toilet and at the same moment there were some little turbulence, the tape went off and the door closed.

Now the pilot was standing outside and couldn't open the door!
And from what I've heard, the pilot was taking a axe and slammed into the door that he could go inside the cockpit!!!
He made an announcement to the passenger: "As you can see, we have a solution for EVERY problem"
HAHA, i couldn't stop laughing for hours!!

Can anyone confirm that or find something in a newspaper ? Thanks very much  Smile


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User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4763 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Well, I can confirm... it's an urban legend.  Smile

More info here: http://snopes.com/travel/airline/fireaxe.asp

Saludos  airplane 

Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineLXLucien From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 328 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

Hi Carmenlu15

Thanks very much...
okey the whole story would be too funny to be true  Smile


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User currently offlineLitz From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2080 times:
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Now, mind you - on a pre 9/11 cockpit door, you wouldn't even need the fireaxe.

As the hijackers proved, you can pretty much just kick in the old doors.

There are reports of old-style (and even some new style) cockpit doors opening during turbulence, due to the plane flexing and, as a result, the frame deforming so the latch pops free.

- litz

User currently offlineLXLucien From Switzerland, joined Mar 2005, 328 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

Hmmm not so sure about that...

Even in the mid-90', you couldn't open the door without the pincode (example Swissair A330)! even if you got the pin the door was hard to open... but that had another reason Big grin

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