LXLucien
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Story: Pilot Flying Alone, Axe Needed!

Wed Apr 19, 2006 7:17 pm

Hi

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
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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"
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HAHA, i couldn't stop laughing for hours!!

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

Regards,
Lucien
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RE: Story: Pilot Flying Alone, Axe Needed!

Wed Apr 19, 2006 11:27 pm

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

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

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RE: Story: Pilot Flying Alone, Axe Needed!

Thu Apr 20, 2006 4:58 am

Hi Carmenlu15

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

LL
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RE: Story: Pilot Flying Alone, Axe Needed!

Thu Apr 20, 2006 5:38 am

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.

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RE: Story: Pilot Flying Alone, Axe Needed!

Thu Apr 20, 2006 7:15 am

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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