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Oh dear, what can the matter be

Old 3rd Sep 2002, 17:17
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Oh dear, what can the matter be

Just handled a most unusual in-flight incident over the Benelux

BLX 676, B738, GCTS to ESMS Co-pilot stuck in toilet as door handle has fallen off Fortunately resolved after a few minutes

On a more serious note is this technically an emergency? I suppose he can't start the approach with only one crew member
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Old 3rd Sep 2002, 18:02
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Suppose it would technically be an emergency if he was trapped in their for the duration, but as you can open the lav door on an A320 from the outside in about 1 second flat I would imagine the B738 would have a similar mechanism!
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Old 3rd Sep 2002, 18:10
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I've heard that we have to lock the flight deck door, but that is just outrageous!

Don't let the CAA hear of it or we'll all be in there!

Good example of why we have bog-standard SOPs

Think I'll stop there!

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Old 3rd Sep 2002, 18:34
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The SOP's are perfectly clear on the subject: All the operating pilot has to do is to arrive at the final approach fix and enter the hold....
From Monday to Saturday.
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Old 3rd Sep 2002, 19:19
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Thumbs up

BOAC,

could be a good idea, before the guano hits the rotating high speed air distribution device.....
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Surely only an emergency when the Pilot can't get in there in a hurry
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Heck - this one is off to Jet Blast quicker than a 'not-so-fantastic', but in the mean-time..........

Boeing said they were looking into it but had nothing to go on

The Captain was in contact with company ops throughout but they just couldn't get a handle on it

Walt

PS Hope he's off-line or he'll have to lock himself in.........
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Old 4th Sep 2002, 09:30
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Locked inside with no paper - that would have been a real emergency.
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On a train you'd just pull the emergency chain
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Was he still conscious when they got him out?
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I suppose somebody could have worked it out with a pencil and paper.....!
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As a pax who had a genuine reason to pay an urgent visit to the little room (possibly as a result of the top quality airline breakfast!), I can assure everyone that the toilet on an A320 can be opened in possibly less than one second flat! Apologies to those in the first few rows!!! Mind you, on arrival, there was no sign of the very embarrassed cabin crew as I was disembarking........
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To put the record straight gentlemen. A young lady was rescued from the forward facility of a BAL 757 by a dashing first officer.

Due to a lack of leatherman/Swiss Army Knife/ Screwdriver/ any tool which might remotely relate to the adjective "subtle", all of which were banned at that juncture. Our hero was compelled use "excessive force" and break the door down with a fire axe. (which of course is allowed)

Is it not a blessing that we are not allowed to carry firearms?
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If the CAPTAIN is declaring an emergency, who is executing it if the FO is looked in the toilet???
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Old 5th Sep 2002, 07:54
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Drama Drama.......NOT!

ALL aircraft toilet doors can be opened from the outside without any aids other than my little finger, whether folding or outward opening. You can even take the doors off there hings as well.

Its called experience!
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Old 5th Sep 2002, 09:35
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Read it again, carefully! It was not the 'lock' but the actual handle. We all know you can unlock the door using your fingernail but if the 'handle' has fallen off it is a different matter.

Now that we are not allowed to carry our trusty multi-tools or Swiss Army penknives it could be a bit more serious.
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Old 5th Sep 2002, 14:03
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To set the record straight....

The facts were as I originally reported them. I was on duty at the time.
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was he alone?

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Apologises Capt Pprune

But using an ID card slipped between the door and frame near the locks and gentle movement pushes the bolts to open position.
Or remove door from hings.

Has no one ever had to rescue a child locked in the bathroom at home?

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Wink

Tiger, where were you and your little finger when they REALLY needed you anyhow?
Some super hero you are!
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