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Offline Junior P

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Man jumps from plane
« on: April 16, 2009, 05:54:46 PM »


CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut - The aviation community in the North is abuzz with praise for a flight crew who managed to land a small plane in Nunavut after a distraught passenger opened a door at 7,000 metres and jumped.

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Offline Robert Larson

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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 08:44:46 PM »
how can you open a door at 23000 ft? I thought that was impossible. Or is just jets that have the plug type doors? I'd think there'd be some sort of safety for this.
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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009, 09:45:20 PM »
how can you open a door at 23000 ft? I thought that was impossible. Or is just jets that have the plug type doors? I'd think there'd be some sort of safety for this.

The door on a King Air is not a plug type. It is a cam lock. It can be opened any time regardless of pressure inside the airplane. See the webpage below. It shows where the latchbolts and latch hooks are.

http://www.casa.gov.au/wcmswr/_assets/main/airworth/awb/31/003.jpg

And below is a pic of a King Air 200 with the main door open.

http://www.rms-spes.co.za/photos/planes/big_KingAir200-1.jpg
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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009, 10:01:47 PM »
The real question here is why would you want to jump out of a King Air at 23000ft??  :wink:
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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009, 10:10:28 PM »
The real question here is why would you want to jump out of a King Air at 23000ft??  :wink:

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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009, 10:12:06 PM »
Can't say that I have...looks pretty cold...I think I'd rather stay in the airplane!  :wink:
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« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2009, 10:16:42 PM »
Well it's roughly a 2 minute fall so you'd have plenty of time to reflect on your decision.
My guess is that he was suitably 'primed' for the journey and didn't know what he was doing.

By the way Joey, he was a training to be a mechanic.



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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2009, 10:18:38 PM »
.....maybe this wasn't such a good idea after all...too late!
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2009, 10:29:41 PM »
Was the airplane over water or land when he jumped? Either way, the landing would be a hard one!

The only thing I can think of is that's one hell of a way to kill yourself! One would like to think it was a mistake, but I doubt it. The doors are marked very clearly!
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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2009, 10:55:58 PM »
How bizarre. Darwin's theory at work, I guess.

I would love to hear the audio on this one.

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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2009, 10:56:24 PM »
He could have gotten lucky though:

In 1972 a JAT DC-9 crashed after the detonation of a bomb in the forward cargo hold. A flight attendant, 22 year old Vesna Vulovic, fell 33,330 feet in the tail section and although she broke both legs and was paralyzed from the waist down, survived. She was in a coma for 27 days and it took 16 months for her to recover.

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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2009, 11:19:49 PM »
He could have gotten lucky though:

In 1972 a JAT DC-9 crashed after the detonation of a bomb in the forward cargo hold. A flight attendant, 22 year old Vesna Vulovic, fell 33,330 feet in the tail section and although she broke both legs and was paralyzed from the waist down, survived. She was in a coma for 27 days and it took 16 months for her to recover.

Yes, but this occurred above the timberline.

How bizarre. Darwin's theory at work, I guess.

I would love to hear the audio on this one.


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Offline Junior P

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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2009, 12:08:41 AM »
LOL!! whomp whomp!!

........ 2mins of saying to yourself "i hope this dont hurt" or '' what did i just dooooooo''
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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2009, 07:29:38 AM »
You know, there's a bit of a breeze in the lavatory...
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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2009, 10:18:08 AM »
My guess is that he was suitably 'primed' for the journey and didn't know what he was doing.
I'm in agreement with you there. 

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Re: Man jumps from plane
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2009, 11:20:36 AM »
a couple questions for those who know ..    what is the pax capacity for a k/a-200 ?    would the open door drag be minimal or major ?                   can someone explain  what is a plug type door ?       thanks ,  paul