Nwafirstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1460 times:
hey pilots, or people who're very smart with this stuff, myu friend and i are having an argument, if you open a window at like inflight, let's say up 30,000 feet, what's the chance it'd actually straight crash? he says he wouldn't crash, i say it would, who's right?
Ryefly From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1435 times:
Those emegency doors and windows are locked shortly after take off. So it would be impossible to open them at a high altitude. But for the sake of the argument I will bite. I would say there is a 50% chance or greater of a crash. A small hole could expand and rip a large section of the plane apart. However from past expierences some were able to land. Some examples are Aloha Air 737. The roof riped off. There was a United 747 that it's cargo door fell off and riped a large section of the plane apart. It landed safely but some passengers fell out. I remember a DC-10 that crashed after a door failed but I forget the airline at the moment. So to answer you question, your both right. It all depends on the situation and how severe the problem is.
Flyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1422 times:
For a simple decompression with no structural damage, the aircraft will not crash. Yet, quite often decompressions are caused due to other reasons, such as a cargo door ripping off. These other reasons are what can cause the aircraft to crash.
IMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6293 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (12 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1413 times:
As the only windows that open in an aircraft capable of flying at 30000 ft are the cockpit windows, you have nothing to worry about. Besides which you could not possibly open these windows while the aircraft is pressurized.