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What the hell!!!! I know that they were doing some training circuits, but it seems that the training pilot forgot to close his window on take-off!!! Can anyone confirm if this can be possible and what may be its consequences?? 10x
Dec 13, 2006
Dec 13, 2006
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NotesWhat the hell!!!! I know that they were doing some training circuits, but it seems that the training pilot forgot to close his window on take-off!!! Can anyone confirm if this can be possible and what may be its consequences?? 10x
Perhaps the mystery of why the window was open could be settled by the actual crew who was involved? Is there any way to research this and then ask what was going on during take-off?
I really wish I had some confirmation from the crew themselves or else from pilots who maybe undergone training in the same manner!
As a flight crew member for major air carriers in the US for over 28 years, I can tell you that this is not something that would, or should, be done without coordination. My current employer had a spate of these incidents a few years back, which caused a revision to checklists and procedures to ensure that all windows are closed to prevent an inadvertent opening of a window during takeoff roll. Should a window that was not properly latched come open, it is much more dangerous because of the crew being startled by the loud noise than from anything else. The aircraft will fly quite nicely. Boeing even did a demonstration video of opening the window during flight to show that it is not a problem, except for the wind noise. In reality, there is a natural low pressure area around these windows, and air is going out the window, not coming in. By the way, GREAT photo!
This does not look like a test because if I am not mistaken I can see the shadows of passengers through the cabin windows.
Actually, for training patterns it's absolutely common to do this. 3 friends of mine fly the 757-300 and all of them went through the same demonstration . I saw a video on youtube or somewhere similar covering the topic, too.
This can happen, however the pilot should never abort takeoff because of an open cockpit window. it can be closed after takeoff up to 250kts. once the aircraft starts to pressurize, there is no way, under normal circumstances that the window would reopen.
Window popping open during TO happens now and then. If you don't have lots of speed <80 knots, you MIGHT abort the takeoff, however for window popping open, one should NEVER, EVER do a high speed abort, it is a lot more dangerous. It is mainly a lot of noise and rusing air trough the cockpit, once they have safely climbing etc. the window can be closed.
We know the cabin surely isn't pressured right about now!! I'd say a pair of goggles are in order. (Throw in a scarf too!) Great shot, Ian!!
I'm only guessing, but maybe it was part of the training and the Training Captain purposely opened the window during the takeoff roll to see how the pilot in command would react? I know of this occurring in the past.