Re: Cabin Depressurization

Date:         10 Feb 2000 05:03:32 
From:         "P. Wezeman" <pwezeman@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu>
Organization: The University of Iowa
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On 8 Jan 2000, upallnite wrote:

> You know, that brings up an interesting question.  If it were possible
> to extinquish a cabin fire by de-pressurizing the cabin, how many
> passengers would be "expendable" (read: sucked out) in order to
> possibly save the aircraft with the remaining passengers?   The old
> utilitarian "most good for the most people" tenent?  Any training done
> (outside of philosophy class) based on that type of no-win situation?

	Unless you are going to blow a hole in the fuselage with a
linear shaped charge or some such it is a moot point. Airliner doors
are designed so that the pressure holds them closed, so they can't
be opened as long as there is a pressure difference.

                        Peter Wezeman, anti-social Darwinist

                             "Carpe Cyprinidae"