Cabin Depressurization

Date:         01 Oct 97 14:08:45 
From:         wdockery@mindspring.com (Ragamuffin)
Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
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In the movies and on TV, when there's a sudden cabin decompression
from gunshot, explosion, etc., why does the plane become so unstable
and dive?  Is this just all "make believe" for the effect?

Also, wouldn't cabin depressurization be a way that could be used
during a hijacking situation to render the hijackers unconcious?
The flight-deck crew would be on oxygen masks and could therefore
regain control.  Mind you the passengers would all become unconsious
also, but I'd rather have that happen to me than to have the plane
blow up or end up in some undesired location. -- just a thought...