Those pesky passengers! Airplane door “falls off”...

Nigerian airline, Dana Air, has stated that its passengers were to blame for one of the doors falling off, as it was taxiing on the runway. According to the airline, it is simply not possible for the door to have come away on its MD-83 aircraft, without a “conscious effort” by a passenger to open it.

Flew Dana. Exit door was unstable throughout the flight. As we touched down it fell off. Scary stuff.

— Ola Brown(Orekunrin) (@NaijaFlyingDr) 7 February 2018

Link to tweet:^tfw&


Wasn’t me. I didn’t do it.☺


Me everytime Im on a Ryanair plane. 😇
You never know where we land. Finding the nearest exit and get out of there.


Known issue…
Re-attach the door and restart the flight.

Whoops thought this was an Infinite Flight #support thread 😜


Future TS1 passangers 😀


Where is the “Re-attach” Function on IF?

In all seriousness, I bet it is obviously a lie since the airline found no witnesses who saw the door fall off due to someone opening it, else we would see a “XYZ, aged __ was arrested for ABC”

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Maybe someone just couldn’t wait to get on the ground!

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Since when do aircraft doors “fall off” when opened? If that was true than they would fall of in flight anyway.

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That is ridiculous that a passenger on a md-83 aircraft “fell off” the passengers must have know what they were doing, those doors on aircraft a not locked but locked by the pressure difference. Like I said previously For a door to be opened the passengers have had to know what they were doing.

Is it a old plane because someone can’t just take off a door. I mean a FA or someone should have stopped him.

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I agree it takes an effort to get a door open on a plane

Yet that is an oppinion of yours. Until it is confirmed that a “mis-function” happened to the door, nothing else besides the power of man can open the MD83. Door. Also it was a joke man :)… There are no re-attach function on IF.

Passengers these days, they’ll do anything for a free upgrade

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I thought it was impossible to open the aircraft doors from the inside due to different pressurization, is this possible to do when on the ground?

They did say in tweets below the picture that this occurred at about 3000 feet, which means that the interior pressurization wouldn’t do a whole lot. I’m not entirely sure of the precise amount of force required to open the door at 3000 feet in comparison to FL350 where there’s a significant difference between 35K feet outside and 8K feet inside but I would assume it would take some effort.

Another concern is that that is an overwing exit, and, to the best of my knowledge, those overwing exits shouldn’t be able to open like that. Unlike the 737, where the overwing exits “spring” outwards when they’re opened, the DC-9s, MD-80 series, and the A320 series have overwing exits that cannot open outwards — rather, they are meant to “fall” into the cabin of the aircraft, and then either placed on the seats during an evacuation or turned sideways and jettisoned outside by throwing or sliding.

If the claim is true that the exit just “fell” off, that means that some of the exterior “seal” on the exit must’ve failed, indicating a much more serious problem. And if the passengers inside the aircraft indeed opened the exit themselves during the flight, this means that they must’ve opened it the exit, held onto the exit somehow, and then threw a 50-60 pound (23-27 kilo) object outside the aircraft and clear of the engines at the back (quite a mighty feat), all while in the air.

Image source:
If you look at this image of an MD-82 emergency exit, you can clearly see the metal “seal” I’m talking about. I don’t believe that it’s possible for that to fail unless there’s a serious issue with metal fatigue or something of the like involved.


I know it was a joke (just pulling a leg).

You are correct that overwing exits shouldn’t be able to open like that, and shouldn’t be able to open at all in that situation. Overwing exits have automatic mechanical locks that make it impossible to open when the aircraft is in motion.

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