ValuJet speculation

Date:         20 Nov 96 05:48:30 
From:         fritzs@ohsu.EDU (Steven E. Fritz)
Organization: Oregon Health Sciences University
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     The transcripts of the ValuJet crash that came out in the newspaper here
today suggest that the pilots may have opened the cockpit side windows to let
out smoke.  There is the sound of rushing wind on the recorder.  They were
around 9,000 feet.  Would there have been enough pressure difference and
fresh oxygen from the open windows to draw fire and smoke rapidly from the
passenger cabin forward to the cockpit, thus making the situation even worse
as far as ability to control the aircraft?