Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

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Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by vortac » Mon May 27, 2013 1:21 pm

http://www.theprovince.com/news/jumps+f ... story.html
Man jumps from moving plane at Toronto airport, escapes injury

BY THE CANADIAN PRESSMAY 27, 2013 12:06 PM

TORONTO - A man flying into Toronto shocked his fellow passengers when he jumped from a moving plane at Pearson International airport early Monday.

The 32-year-old Toronto man was on a Sunwing flight returning from Cuba when the incident took place just after midnight.

The plane landed safely and was taxiing towards its gate when the man opened an emergency exit and jumped, said Peel Regional Police, who were called to the scene.

"The door opened and somebody on the plane had to yell out that this gentleman had opened the door," said Const. Fiona Thivierge.

"Luckily, he was not injured."

Ground crews who were around the plane at the time held the man until police arrived, said Thivierge.

It was discovered the man had mental health issues and he was taken to a local hospital.

No charges have been laid.

"There's no criminality involved, it all comes under the Mental Health Act," said Thivierge, adding that this was the first such incident of its kind to her knowledge.

Wow, he REALLY had to get off. Is it really that easy to open a 737 door during taxi?
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by ahramin » Mon May 27, 2013 1:42 pm

Had to be an overwing exit. There's no way he could have got past the flight attendants at the doors. Is there?
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by North Shore » Mon May 27, 2013 2:21 pm

:shock: Jeebus! Good thing he didn't do it 15/30/45 minutes earlier! ETA: Is there some sort of pressure switch to inhibit in-flight opening?


Maybe I'll start ponying up for the extra fee :roll: to sit next to the emergency exit, so I can be sure of the door either opening or not at the correct time...I wonder if there will soon be a cog. test to sit there?
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by iflyforpie » Mon May 27, 2013 2:39 pm

North Shore wrote: Is there some sort of pressure switch to inhibit in-flight opening?
Yes, it is the eight and a bit pounds per square inch differential multiplied by the number of square inches on the door in question. You'd break the handle before you could open the door.
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by dhc# » Mon May 27, 2013 2:46 pm

Geez I heard rumours that service was not great on Sunwing....desperate times call for desperate measures..... :mrgreen:
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by North Shore » Mon May 27, 2013 2:50 pm

Sure, Pie, but some of the overwing exits I've seen open outwards..
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by iflyforpie » Mon May 27, 2013 3:06 pm

North Shore wrote:Sure, Pie, but some of the overwing exits I've seen open outwards..
Yes, the Boeing 737 NGs. I've opened them tons of times (and closed them too, which is hard on the forearms :D ). The door still needs to move inboard to disengage the latches from the lugs because they overcentre.
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by ea306 » Mon May 27, 2013 3:12 pm

Some operational insight on the B737NG Overwing Exits: Cut and Paste from FCOM VOL2


737 Flight Crew Operations Manual

Airplane General, Emergency Equipment, Doors, Windows -Systems Description
Emergency Exit Doors

Four Type III emergency exits are located in the passenger cabin over the wings. These are canopy-type doors and are held in place by mechanical locks and airplane cabin pressure.

The overwing exit doors can be opened from inside or outside of the airplane by a spring–loaded handle at the top of the door.

The 28 Volt DC flight lock system is designed to ensure that the flight lock will automatically lock during takeoff, in-flight, and landing and unlock on the ground to allow for opening of the door in emergency situations.

Commands for the flight lock to lock and unlock are dependent upon engine speed, thrust lever position, air/ground mode status, and the open/closed status of the doors.

737 Flight Crew Operations Manual
Airplane General, Emergency Equipment, Doors, Windows -Systems Description


The overwing emergency exits lock when:
• three of the four Entry/Service doors are closed and
• either engine is running and
• the airplane air/ground logic indicates that the airplane is in the air or both thrust levers are advanced.
The overwing emergency exits unlock when any one of the above conditions is not met or DC power is lost.

The LEFT OVERWING and/or RIGHT OVERWING warning lights, DOORS annunciator, and MASTER CAUTION light illuminate when an emergency exit door is not fully closed and locked or when the flight lock is not engaged, either during the takeoff roll or in-flight.

If a flight lock has failed locked or a fault is detected the PSEU light, the OVERHEAD annunciator, and the MASTER CAUTION lights illuminate.These indications are inhibited from takeoff until 30 seconds after the airplane is in the ground mode. When the doors are latched and locked and the flight lock is operating properly none of these lights will illuminate.
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by Troubleshot » Mon May 27, 2013 3:20 pm

someone beat me to it^^^^^^^^^^
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by North Shore » Mon May 27, 2013 3:24 pm

Fair enough. That makes sense.

Strike my comment about it happening earlier in the flight..
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by goleafsgo » Mon May 27, 2013 3:41 pm

luckily he didn't jump near the engine
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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by ea306 » Mon May 27, 2013 5:46 pm

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Re: Man jumps from taxiing Sunwing flight

Post by 200hr Wonder » Mon May 27, 2013 8:40 pm

And people can not get em open in flight, this yahoo tried...

http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/passenger- ... aQkpuvufQ8
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