Fri, Apr 17, 2009
Distressed Passenger Forced Open Cabin Door
Canadian investigators are faced
with trying to determine how a reportedly distressed passenger
forced open the door of a chartered Beechcraft King Air 200 at
23,000 feet over a remote area of the Northwest Territories, and
leapt to his death.
CBC News cited a source with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
in reporting the flight had departed the capital city of
Yellowknife and was headed northeast to Cambridge Bay, in western
An air search is reportedly underway for the remains of the
unidentified 20-year-old man.
The incident followed an emergency radio call from the plane's
crew, reporting an unruly passenger. But Mounties waiting to arrest
the man after the plane landed at Cambridge Bay were told of the
bizarre turn of events.
Wes Alldrige, an experienced King Air pilot who was interviewed
by CBC News, said opening the cabin door when the plane is
pressurized would require both a huge amount of force, and failure
of the door latches.
"This door has four big steel pins that lock the main cabin door
to the fuselage. So while the aircraft is pressurized, it's not
possible to open the door," Alldridge said.
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