Date: 02 Apr 98 01:24:01 From: Lee.Lindquist@newsguy.com Organization: None References: 1 2 3
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>> > An interesting sidebar to the 777 door. It seems that failing hydraulics >> > in jetways is not that uncommon of an occurance. When it happens, the >> > jetway sags down to the ground, and it can peel the door right off an >> > airplane in the process. I was once exiting a NWA DC-9 in Boston, and the Jetway rose 2-3 feet. I stepped off just as it happened, and my buddy just behind me was still in the doorway. The cabin-door was bent "L" shaped, about 1/3 of the way up. A few people already in the Jetway lost their balance, from the quick movement. The scuttle-butt was that some sort of auto-leveler wasn't engaged.