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What Happens If You Get Sucked Out of a Plane?

astroengine (1577233) writes | more than 3 years ago

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astroengine writes "We've all wondered about it. When flying at 30,000ft, you look around the cramped economy class cabin thinking 'I wonder if I'd survive being sucked out of this plane if a hole, say, just opened above my head?' That's probably around the time that you should fasten your seat belt. According to medical experts interviewed by Discovery News in the wake of the Southwest Airlines gaping hole incident, the rapid depressurization, low oxygen levels and freezing cold would render you unconscious very quickly. Assuming you don't get chopped in half as you exit through the hole and hit the tail, you'd be long dead before you hit the ground. Nice."
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it does pretty much what they say... (1)

whizbang77045 (1342005) | more than 3 years ago | (#35769882)

Back in the dark ages, I was given training on bailing out of large aircraft at altitude. First off, it's cold. I was told that the eyes will freeze, if you open them at high altitude. Air Force chutes then had a small oxygen bottle, but not enough to let you open the chute at altitude. You did something called HALO - High Altitude, Low Opening. With your eyes shut, and using the oxygen, you did a free fall to around 12,000 feet. THEN you opened the chute.

It's been 35 years, but I think I remember there being a timer, or maybe it was an altimeter, to tell you when to open the chute. You also hoped that 1) It wasn't dark, so you could see where you were landing, and 2) That you didn't land in a tree.

I never had to do this. All of the military aircraft I flew on behaved with only minor glitches. I did experience explosive decompression in a Boeing 727 airliner once. It does exactly what they claim: the cabin immediately fogged up, and the oxygen masks fell from the ceiling. People sat around dumfounded, trying to figure out what was going on.

Almost no one had paid any attention to the stewardess briefing at the start of the flight, so there was a lot of fumbling around. There was a rapid descent, and the airline got us another plane to finish the flight. That time, EVERYONE paid attention to the stewardess' briefing.

What caused the airliner to decompress? There's a little thing called the outflow valve, that's supposed to regulate the cabin pressure. It stuck open.

Interesting But... (0)

coaxial (28297) | more than 3 years ago | (#35770550)

You DON'T get sucked out.

I await the follow on article, "What happens if your stomach explodes due to eating pop rocks and drinking coca-cola?"

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