Date: 13 Jan 97 18:35:31 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Little) Organization: A poorly-installed InterNetNews site Followups: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
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On 7 Jan 1997, a South African Airways A320 [Flight SA327] flight from Johannesburg to Cape Town, the pilot had to decrease altitude in order for a 9 year old child to be pulled free from the toilet by a doctor that was on board after it had sucked her in. The child was later admitted to hospital with external and internal injuries to her private parts - which required surgery. This was reported today [8 Jan 1997] in The Natal Witness and on national television - SABC News. Two questions arise from this :- 1. How does an unaccompanied minor find herslf in such a position - especially in Business Class? 2. What was the reason to decrease altitude in order for the passenger to be freed from the toilet?? Are the toilets at a different pressure to that of the rest of the cabin? I would be grateful for any technical explanation of the incident. I suppose that the moral of the story is never go for a shit on an Airbus!!!!