If You Open An Airplane Window At An Altitude of 35,000 Feet...

On September 21 2012, a plane in which the wife of American politician, Mitt Romney was a passenger made an emergency landing due to a sudden fire.

 After this incident, Romney complained about not being able to open the window on the blame. Romney's wife almost lost her life because there was no possibility to let fresh air into the cabin of the plane. Of course, it is not possible to open the passenger windows of airliners. However, it is possible to do so in the cockpit.

This allows the crew to evacuate in case of an emergency if the armored door behind them jams. So what would happen if passengers were also able to do so? What if you could open the window next to your seat during flight?

The outcome depends on the altitude of the aircraft. If the flight last only a few minutes, and the plane has not yet managed to climb to 20,000 feet or six kilometers above sea level most likely nothing harmful would happen. You will be able to breathe normally for about half an hour until the airline ascends to a cruising altitude.

However, during this time, it'll be very noisy onboard the aircraft, the wind blowing through the open window will surely drowned out any other sound, so calling for the flight attendant at this time would be useless. However, it is still not as bad as if the window was open at an altitude of 35,000 feet or 10.6 kilometers. At such a distance above the Earth's surface, the difference between the pressures inside and outside the aircraft will reach its climax.

Under normal conditions. The air inside the cockpit is compressed, and it is similar to that of an altitude of 7000 feet or 2.1 kilometers above sea level, which allows passengers to breathe normally. However, in the case of opening the window, all the compressed air will begin to abruptly leave the plane which will create a number of problems. The first thing you will feel is the rapid suction of air from each opening and your body sense this air is very humid, it will condense and go out in the form of fog.

This will be happening to each passenger so the plane will be quickly filled with thick fog. However, in just a few seconds, it will dissipate because the rest of the air from the airliner will continue to pass through the window. Unfortunately, the open window is not your neighbors, but yours. And this is why it will cause you a lot of trouble. If you were sitting about two seats behind the open window, the wind would rush to the window at hurricane speed, about 80 miles per hour or 130 kilometers per hour is still rather slow.

So if you're wearing your seatbelt, it can hold you in place. Unfortunately, you are sitting right next to the window where the wind speed will reach 300 miles per hour or 482 kilometers per hour. This is enough to suck you out along with your seat. Another reason why the person sitting next to the aisle will be safe and you will not is the diameter of the window which is smaller than your shoulders.

According to a Harvard University study of the human body, the average width of a human shoulders is 18 inches or 46 centimeters, while the diameter of a Boeing 747 window is about 15 inches, or 38 centimeters. So most likely the open window will not suck you out completely. only partially. This is very good for everyone else in the plane, your body may be a reliable plug for the open window. This will slow the flow of air from the plane and give people more time to put on their oxygen masks.

Your serious problems are just beginning. The first thing you will feel when you're partially overboard is the wind, which at a speed of 600 miles per hour or 965 kilometers per hour will strike the face and push you in the opposite direction of the aircraft. As a result, you will curl in this shape of a letter J and press against the outer skin of the aircraft.

The second thing you will suffer from is extreme cold. The temperature at an altitude of 35,000 feet or 10.6 kilometers is approximately minus 65 degrees Fahrenheit or minus 54 degrees Celsius. at this temperature, your nose will freeze and just a few seconds. You won't notice the third problem immediately, but it's the most life threatening despite the sharp drop in temperature pressure surges will be even more significant. in such conditions.

There is a risk of so called Barrow trauma, physical damage to Oregon's due to pressure drops. In addition, at an altitude of 35,000 feet or 10.6 kilometers, the air is too thin, there will not be enough oxygen for proper breathing, but you won't even guess that you are beginning to choke. Your body is unable to recognize oxygen deficiency. body can only detect elevated levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.

Therefore, you will continue to breathe as if nothing happened, you will think that everything is in order. But at that point, there will be just 15 seconds before you lose consciousness, and four minutes before you become brain dead. People inside the plane can expect the same outcome. They may only have about 15 seconds to put on oxygen masks before everyone loses consciousness. True, it depends on how tightly your body closes the open window. If it's not good enough, then after eight seconds, the brain of the passengers will suffer from oxygen deprivation and no one will have enough time to take any safety measures.

Even if the passengers do everything in time, you will still be half protruding from the plane with your face beating against the skin of the aircraft. Your body will freeze and you will lose consciousness But you will not die if the pilot manages to react in time and descend below 20,000 feet or six kilometers above sea level. After all, this is what happened to Captain Timothy Lancaster during a flight made by British Airways airliner in 1990. When the windshield of the aircraft was suddenly blown off, the contents of the cockpit started to fly out of the plane.

Flight Attendant Nigel Ogden was new the cockpit and he grabbed the pilot by the legs to keep him from being completely sucked out of the aircraft. After 18 minutes the copilot managed to land the plane while the captain was pinned by the air pressure to the windshield frame. After the rescuers began treating the victim, it turned out that his still got off lightly. Only frostbite and a few broken ribs as well as fractures of the right hand, a finger on the left hand and right wrist but most importantly The pilot was still alive.

This makes it seem more hopeful. After all, if the porthole near your seat is broken, the pilot will be able to react quickly to lower altitude and save you. However, there have been cases in history without a happy ending. As for example, what happened with the plane of the Southwest Airlines company following a flight from New York to Dallas.

Due to the explosion of the engine, the plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia. The accident occurred in an altitude of 30,000 feet above sea level or 9.1 kilometers. a fragment of the engine crashed through a passenger window and smashed it. The passenger sitting next to the broken window was partially sucked out. Another passenger managed to drag the woman back but in the end she died from her injuries to avoid similar incidents in the future, Emirates Airlines introduced a new salon to the Boeing 777 300 er, and which there will be no passenger windows at all. instead of the usual portholes.

The developers place screens on which an image from the cameras installed in the aircraft exterior is displayed. This will make the aircraft lighter, more durable and eliminates the vulnerability of Windows. True. Some skeptics such as Graham Brathwaite, a professor at the British University of Cranfield believe that such a layout for an aircraft is unsafe. Indeed, in the event of an accident, the flight crew will find it difficult to assess the situation overboard, which may further complicate the evacuation.

However, the developers claim that this problem is also easily solved. Therefore, if you don't suffer from claustrophobia, an airplane without windows may appear to be a safer option in the past Windows had to be modernized for security purposes. In the 1950s, the windows of the first passenger airliners were square. due to the presence of corners the windows cracked.

As a result, two aircrafts broke up during flight, and 1954, resulting in the death of 56 people. After these incidents, it was decided to produce only rounded windows, because this shape can more evenly distribute the pressure on the glass. But today, obviously, it makes sense to abandon windows for good.  But amazing If Everyone Jumped At The Same Time from the Airplane what will happen! This is another story.

What do you think? Should we leave windows in the passenger airlines? Is it just a relic of the past that must be abandoned? Write your thoughts in the comments.
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