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They have been known to pop open if not securely closed...distracting but not a flight safety issue..boeing has a good video of this in a 737 as well...done purposely to show it is noisy but otherwise a non-event
Likewise my Company showed this video as part of our refresher training. As stated, it is a non event apart from the startle factor from the noise.
I look at these photos and I do NOT say "Fools, they were so careless". I look at the photos and say "That could definitely happen to me!, I must make a mental note to be even more carefull performing the before start checklist"
Flight Deck Windows & Cockpit Door.....................Locked!
One of our 767's did a heavy high speed abort because the window wasn't locked shut. Brake damage and fuse plugs melting caused a lot of grief for the crew. We determined that if it happened again we would deal with it in the air because it can be closed in flight. Most malfunctions at high speed end up better by avoiding high speed aborts.
"For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail."
This happened to me about five years ago when I was a brand new F/O on the 737 in AMS, must have only had about 300 hrs TT at the time.
The training captain liked to have a smoke of his pipe on the turnaround, but on this occasion failed to check his DV window afterwards.
He was PF, and going through 120 kts the window slid back creating the most almighty racket! No drama though, he just said to me "ahhh, you take the controls would you old boy?" and turned to close the window!
A RTO would almost certainly have grounded us at that speed, what with melting plugs etc.