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Ever Attempted To Open Emergency Exit?  
User currently offlineUshermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2963 posts, RR: 16
Posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3967 times:

Hi!

I was just on a U2 flight from CMN to MAD sitting in 11F, when the guy sitting infront of me pulled off the cover of the emergengy exit lever. All I could say, admittedly baffled, was: "Well at least we know it works..."
He then put the cover back on and the F/As did not see it, so nothing happened.

Anybody have similar experiences?


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User currently offlineJamotcx From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1037 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3933 times:

Were you on an A319? Pulling the cover off the emergency exit is annunciated in the flightdeck.

We had it happen recently in our airline. Its no real big deal taking off the cover, just dont try to pull the lever!


Jamo


User currently offlineChristopherwoo From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 157 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3866 times:

Yeah in the 319 a light comes up in the flightdeck, it happened to us before V1 on takeoff, about 100kts. Aborted the takeoff. The reason was however, that the panel fell off, poor guy sitting next to it got blamed though to start with!

User currently offlineBennett123 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 7210 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

Some things are best left alone.

User currently offlineUA772IAD From Australia, joined Jul 2004, 1698 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3830 times:

I'm having trouble visualizing this one. Since when is the lever covered?

User currently offlineLifelinerOne From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1907 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
Anybody have similar experiences?

Well, yes! I like the shocked expression on people's faces when I do that in mid-air screaming some Arabic phrases  duck 

Now, on a more serious note, I was once on a KLM flight from LAX to AMS and I had a very, very drunk passenger sitting next to me who was fumbling with the lever and scaring me to hell. He was mumbling about how nice it was if it would end here and now. After alarming the F/A's, the man was escorted to another place away from doors.

Can be scary!

Cheers!  wave 



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User currently offlineMika From Sweden, joined Jul 2000, 2841 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3748 times:

Quoting LifelinerOne (Reply 5):
Now, on a more serious note, I was once on a KLM flight from LAX to AMS and I had a very, very drunk passenger sitting next to me who was fumbling with the lever and scaring me to hell. He was mumbling about how nice it was if it would end here and now. After alarming the F/A's, the man was escorted to another place away from doors.

Can be scary!

Certainly sounds like it! What an idiot that must have been.

Actually anyone who fumbles with any emergency exits when it's not an emergency pretty much would qualify to be an idiot.


User currently offlineTristarsteve From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 3930 posts, RR: 34
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3732 times:

The overwing exits on the A320 series are always armed.
If you pull the lever to open the exit, the overwing slide WILL inflate.

The B737 classic has similar overwing exits, but no slide. Pilots were in the
habit of opening the exit to check the wing for ice.
They were soon reminded that it is not a good idea on an A320!


User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1333 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3475 times:

What doors can be opened in flight? None that I know of in the A/C is pressurized. Even the 727 rear had to be depressurized before opening.

Is there a reason the press always makes a big deal about this. Maybe the slide?


User currently offlineKstatepilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3465 times:

Had to on a CRJ to work for the airline. Was rather easy. Wasn't much of a big deal though.

User currently offlineSpeedbirdie From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 915 posts, RR: 53
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3426 times:

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
I was just on a U2 flight from CMN to MAD sitting in 11F, when the guy sitting infront of me pulled off the cover of the emergengy exit lever. All I could say, admittedly baffled, was: "Well at least we know it works..."
He then put the cover back on and the F/As did not see it, so nothing happened.

And errrr, you didnt think about reporting him???



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

I sat next to a deadheading WN F/A once, who told me about some drunken bozo at MAF who boarded a flight, and managed to get an overwing emergency exit open shortly after pushback and before the engines were started. The flight got cancelled, as apparently, it takes a mechanic to put everything back the way it belongs when this happens  Sad


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User currently offlinePiedmontINT From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3408 times:

Quoting Kstatepilot (Reply 9):
Had to on a CRJ to work for the airline. Was rather easy. Wasn't much of a big deal though.

Did you place on the seat next to you or toss it out the door?? Big grin


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8416 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3394 times:
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Quoting ADent (Reply 8):
What doors can be opened in flight?

I await the interesting answers....



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User currently offlineLHRjc From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 1964 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3394 times:

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
Anybody have similar experiences?

Nope. However, if I had, I would have probably not thought to have said "Well at least we know it works..."... more like "What the **** do you you think you're doing?" Followed closely by pressing the call bell and alerting someone...

JC



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User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3384 times:

About two months ago I opened one on the CRJ and ended up standing out on the wing. But, don't do this... I fly the plane and had an official reason to do so (although, its kind of a long story). They're a lot harder to take out than they are to put back in. Especially the cockpit overhead one... man that thing can be a pain.

User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3315 times:

Quoting ADent (Reply 8):
What doors can be opened in flight?



Quoting Andz (Reply 13):
I await the interesting answers....

I thought an AA flight attendant was killed at MIA a couple of years ago (or maybe it was a gate agent?) opening a door on a still-pressurized A300, and got blown out onto the tarmac (the plane was on the ground....).

EDIT: Here we go, from the NTSB database:

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001212X22314&key=1

[Edited 2007-09-12 21:11:45]


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User currently offlineBrick From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1575 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3281 times:

I got to pull an overwing exit for a F-100 at an American Airlines maintenance facility where my parents worked quite a while ago. I must admit the 70 lbs door caught me by surprise. I was not expecting it to weight as much as it did. In an emergency however, I'm sure it would have feel like 7 lbs. Putting it back it was a snap...


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User currently offlineMarkHKG From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 960 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 3273 times:

Quoting Ushermittwoch (Thread starter):
when the guy sitting infront of me pulled off the cover of the emergengy exit lever.

The "Slide Armed" light would have also illuminated if not already done so.

Quoting ADent (Reply 8):
What doors can be opened in flight?

The answer is NO, unless the cabin is de-pressurized.

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 16):
I thought an AA flight attendant was killed at MIA a couple of years ago (or maybe it was a gate agent?) opening a door on a still-pressurized A300, and got blown out onto the tarmac (the plane was on the ground....).

This is a unique situation as the door design did not incorporate a venting system (like those found on Boeing and Embraer aircraft). The cabin pressure differential was not large enough to totally impede door opening (as you would find in a cabin at 35,000 ft)...but it was just enough to make the door opening difficult allowing the door to burst open once the flight attendant finally managed to unhinge the door. This is actually the second death involving a A300 aircraft exit as reported to the NTSB.

What many passengers do not understand is how difficult and unwieldy a "plug type" overwing exit is. I have had a chance to open MD-80, B-737-CL and Gulfstream style plug type exits for training and manipulating them can be difficult. The new B737NG design is so much better.

Quoting Brick (Reply 17):
70 lbs

Most overwing exits are from 35-45 lbs in weight.

[Edited 2007-09-12 21:21:43]


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User currently offlineAloha73G From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2335 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3211 times:

I got the honor of opening the armed forward passenger entry door (1L) on the 717 during F/A training at Hawaiian. All I have to say is that the slide inflates VERY VERY VERY fast.

Also have opened all the 717 and 767 doors in real life or in the mock-up room.

-Aloha!



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User currently offlineAirfoilsguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3135 times:

Quoting ADent (Reply 8):
What doors can be opened in flight?

Cockpit door, and the lav door.  Smile

Quoting UA772IAD (Reply 4):
I'm having trouble visualizing this one. Since when is the lever covered?





Video of door opening and slide deployment.



http://youtube.com/watch?v=RCFzEg-t_Bk

http://youtube.com/watch?v=F75gyPxoHh8


User currently offlineKstatepilot From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 3116 times:

Quoting Flyf15 (Reply 15):
Especially the cockpit overhead one... man that thing can be a pain.

When we were doing door pulls, it took 2 mechanics to get it back in the slot of a CRJ-200. It was about 105 degrees out and we didn't have any air. When the mechanics came out they told the instructor he could start the APU. This was after 30 out of the 40 people had already pulled the doors.


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