On a recent flight, our push back was delayed for a few minutes. Two of the food trolleys from the back galley were brought to the front, so I thought there must have been a problem locking them in.
Just before the 10 mins to land bell came on, our Captain gave an update, to advise that despite being delayed slightly at the outset we had made good time etc., Also, said the reason for the delay was that one of the cargo doors had got caught by the wind and had opened before pushback. They thanked the passenger who alerted the crew to the situation.
It definitely was not very windy where we were flying from, so just wondering:-
i. Is this an unusual occurence?
ii. At what point would an alarm - visual or aural have sounded to alert flight crew to the open door, had the passenger not noticed it?
iii. I guess the movement of the trollies was unconnected?
It might be (and this is my imagination) that the FC thought "Caught by the wind" better than "We forgot". If that's the case, I would think it a reasonable white lie. Let's say the door was closed but not latched, let's say the tell-tale lamp had failed - the a/c would not pressurise and so they would stop and investigate. MY GUESS!!
As I understand it pressurisation starts with with the take off roll, but this might be manufacturer specific. Of ocurse, it is possible that a door that was closed but not latched and had a faulty indicator might not be revealed until two minutes into climb and necessitate a return.
I had several instances in BA where baggage handlers would just 'arrive' in the middle of a pushback sequence, ie anti coll on, ATC clearance, tug driver cleared to push, and the first I would know is a cargo door light comes on and bags get thrown in. Maybe that was 'the wind'?
I did use to wonder about the accuracy of the load sheet I had signed....................