Very recently, myself and another well known local photographer were down at BFI taking pictures. While we were there a MD-80 that was in on a charter fired up...and my friend said "Hey it looks like **** is getting ready to taxi" And I am like are you sure? The cargo door (front lower) was missing.
So, sure enough, the plane starts to taxi, and we are both in disbelief, maybe we were seeing a shadow or something...so it crosses the active and sure enough, the whole cargo door was missing. So the plane is *right* there in front of us, I am on a ladder over the fence snapping pictures, and we both give the pilots a "whats up?" kind of shurg/hand gesture...but the plane keeps going.
At this point both my friend and I are both like "Holy shit is there something we should do, someone we should call" and both wondering out loud how a plane could be heading for the active with a cargo door missing and/or not secured. We were also wondering what would happen to the plane if it took off in this condition...would things fly out of the cargo hold? If so would they go in the engine? Or damage the wing?
So the plane taxis down and gets clearance to position and hold. When the take off clearance is given one of the crew came over the radio and said "we have a warning light and need to get out and close some doors" so the plane taxi'd off the active and was sitting for about 10 minutes, they got out, did there thing, and the plane departed without incident.
So, my questions are many!
Please, don't respond to this thread with something like "you were making a big deal about nothing" or something like that. Both myself and my friend are in our 30's, and we were both very upset with this. Imagine how someone would feel if they witnessed something tragic that maybe they could have prevented? It really gives me goosebumps to think about.