posted on Feb, 15 2013 @ 08:17 PM
reply to post by jacobe001
A few misconceptions in that video. Yes, it was a wild one to watch, but it was within limits. The max crosswind component demonstrated for a 737 is
between 31 and 36 knots depending on the model. You can probably land safely with more than that, however the individual airlines set the limits, to
allow for passenger comfort and security.
You also can't tell that it's a -700 by the winglets. Just about all models of 737s have had winglets retrofitted, from some -200s all the way up
to the advanced winglets that were unveiled for the MAX that Boeing hasn't built yet.
Scary landing, difficult landing, but within the limits of the aircraft. The pilot on the other hand, is always the weak point.
reply to post by goou111
He might be a private pilot, but wow....sensationalize much? The flight attendant was "cowering behind her seat" because if the door went, she
wasn't strapped in, so it could easily have pulled her out of the aircraft and killed her (as happened to C.C. Lyles on Aloha 243 between the Big
Island and Maui). You want to secure yourself however you have to, so that when the pressure equalizes, you can take steps to secure the aircraft and
deal with the passengers. You can't do that if you're dead.
An inch and a half is not "a gaping hole you can see out into the atmosphere" through, and I doubt it even opened that much. Aircraft are currently
(with the exception of the 787) pressurized to roughly 18 psi. To open a door, you have to pull it inward, and then push it outward. At 18 psi, that
initial pull in is going to be extremely difficult to do, even with someone pulling on the door. I don't care if you're Arnold Schwarzenegger,
you're not opening that door in flight.