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  • There is a difference between the doors being open and the doors coming off!

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    • The door came off as a result of it opening in flight, Dev. It didn't just magically fall off of it's own accord.

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      • So if the ground crew want/need to take the doors off they just open them and they slide off (without any other safety catches, pins, etc needing to be removed?

        What I'm trying to say/ask is how come in this pic the door hasn't fallen off? I presume there is something else that has to be done to make it fall off apart from just opening the door (thinking of the Merlin incident).

        http://fileserver.4pm.ie/Upload/19/19413-XQy.jpg

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        • Maybe the force of it opening at speed broke whatever retaining pins/catches which hold it on?
          "Attack your attic with a Steyr....as seen on the Late Late Show..."

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          • The door would have a posted maximum opening speed, if that was the case and would be able to withstand higher speeds if it absolutely had to.
            regards
            GttC

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            • Thanks for clearing that up, the report isn't on the AAIU website, is it an internal report?

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              • Air Corps reports are not routinely published for public consumption. D248 was an exception.
                regards
                GttC

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