Oops; it wasn't in the manual

Subject: Oops; it wasn't in the manual
From: "Mike Starr" <writstar -at- wi -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 21:24:11 -0500

Whilst browsing an article at
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010509/ts/transport_pressure_dc_1.html I
encountered this chilling bit:

"The crew switched to manual operation of the pressurization system and the
plane landed safely. However, when a flight attendant opened the left front
door during the emergency evacuation, he was sucked out of the aircraft and

Although the investigation is ongoing, preliminary findings revealed that
air pressure inside the cabin caused the door to burst open, the safety
board said.

The captain began, but did not complete the checklist on manual
pressurization ``because of other priorities,'' investigators said.

But the safety board found neither the Airbus A300-600 manual nor American
Airlines one for that plane state that the plane will not automatically
depressurize after landing if the pressurization system is being operated
manually. "

Sometimes even if you RTFM, the stuff you need ain't there. Ah, minimalism.


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