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A321 Emergency Exit Noise  
User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4397 times:

Collective a.net hive-mind, answer this one for me. I flew LHR-AMS yesterday on a BA A321 and I snagged myself the exit row window seat. Acres of legroom of course but from the moment we took off the emergency exit was making rather disconcerting noises. I would describe it was sounding like someone crushing a big plastic soda bottle. It was quiet at times and other times I could feel it right the way through the floorboards. I asked the FA and she said "oh it does that all the time, it's just the plastic." Not a very technical answer, but at least she tried. Now I fly a LOT, particularly on 320s and 319s - admittedly this is my first 321 trip in many years - and I've never heard anything like this.

Please to explain?

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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4338 times:

Prolly just a leaking seal....nothing at all to sweat


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User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4247 times:

Thanks. I wasn't sweating it, but the guy sitting next to me sure was.

User currently offlineJetMARC From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4050 times:

It happens on all doors on the airbus. The creaking and popping sounds are more noticeable during take off and landing, turbulence, and pressurization stages as the locking pins inside the door frame pull or rub against each other. A bad seal would cause a steady whistling sound or hum which would have to be constant and "carry a tune"...


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User currently offlineSpeedmarque From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 684 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3853 times:

Yes, it is just a quirk of Airbus doors! All main doors on A319/20/21 do it, also when i was at VS the A340 doors did it too.

Wonder if A380 doors do it?


User currently offlineIAirAllie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

Did it sound like a loud ratchety rattle or pebbles? It could have been ice in the vents. There could be one running near the exit and when that happens it can be alarming.

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17172 posts, RR: 66
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3585 times:



Quoting Cubedweller (Thread starter):
Collective a.net hive-mind, answer this one for me. I

Love it! And love the username.

Quoting Cubedweller (Reply 2):
Thanks. I wasn't sweating it, but the guy sitting next to me sure was.

That's when you start saying things like "does that sound like a bad seal to you? Ah well, get ready in case the masks drop." Then you calmly go back to reading your book.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3530 times:

If it was a hissing sound.....A leaking seal.The crackling sound would be the Decorative panel flexing.
regds
MEL



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User currently offlineA/c train From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 501 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

locking pins ? a321 ? are you sure ?, are they not cam rollers going into tracks ?

User currently offlineJafa From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 782 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3364 times:

I work as a FA on the airbus'. All the doors of the 319/320/321 pop and snap like that during the takeoff and landing as the cabin is being pressurized. This happens on every flight. It its not so noticable to pax on the 319/320 because pax don't typically sit next to the doors on those types. On the 321 pax sit next to doors 2 and 3.

I have worked to A330 a few times and never noticed this on that aircraft type.


User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3325 times:

I know it's not a safety issue but doesn't this seem like, y'know, a design flaw?

User currently offlineStarlionblue From Greenland, joined Feb 2004, 17172 posts, RR: 66
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 3305 times:



Quoting Cubedweller (Reply 10):
I know it's not a safety issue but doesn't this seem like, y'know, a design flaw?

No. It's just noise. The cost to fix the noise is not justified.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31702 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3300 times:



Quoting Cubedweller (Reply 10):
I know it's not a safety issue but doesn't this seem like, y'know, a design flaw?

The Flexing of the Decorative panels with age....Cannot be termed a design flaw.
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineCubedweller From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 3284 times:



Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 12):
The Flexing of the Decorative panels with age....

Ahh, I didn't know it was an age thing. Thanks.


User currently offlineKimberlyrj From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2008, 385 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3242 times:

Hello

When working for Caledonian Airways I noticed this noise on the exits during taxi etc. I was worried the first time I heard it but as I heard it on a lot of flights I just took it as ‘normal operations’.

The aircraft I work on now have their own unique noises as well, some of them catch even us out!

Kimberly.


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