How can this be?
August 23, 2005 8:12 PM Subscribe
Science or Airplane safety question: How can an airplane partially decompress at 14000 feet, knocking the crew out (not killing them) and then when it goes up to 34000 feet the problem does not worsen?
posted by carmina to grab bag (8 answers total)
You guessed it, I am referring to the recent accident with the Cypriot plane in the Athens area.
That plane reportedly undergone gradual decompression at 14000 feet to the point that the crew (at least) was incapacitated *but not dead*. Then the plane continued ascending to 34000 feet where obviously the decompression was continuing and I assume worsened. But none of the passengers died. Which means that the plane somehow "adjusted" its compression a little bit to better counter the extra decompression (albeit still partially). Otherwise, the crew would have gone kaput after 2+ hours at this altitude. See, the oxygen masks cannot last for more than half an hour, right?
This decompression story bugs me. You too?
Can you point out the/a fallacy in my previous arguments? Pretty please?