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Dana Air Plane Door Falls Off at Abuja Airport

A Dana Air plane’s emergency exit door fell off shortly after landing at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Nigeria, on February 7th.

The incident happened when the flight coming from Lagos, Nigeria, was taxiing on the runway.

One passenger fell out of the plane.

The airline said in a statement, “The emergency exit door of our aircraft are plug-type backed by pressure, which ordinarily cannot fall off without tampering or a conscious effort to open by a crew member or passenger.”

British Airways Plane Returns to London’s Heathrow Airport

British Airways flight BA-33 had to make an emergency landing at Heathrow Airport in London, United Kingdom, on February 18th.

The Boeing 787-900 took off for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but had to turn back just 20 minutes later, due to an issue with one of the door seals and difficulty in maintaining cabin pressure.

The plane landed safely. All the passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Air Transat Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Montreal

Air TransatAn Air Transat flight had to make an emergency landing in Montreal, Canada, on October 22.

The plane was en-route from Toronto, Canada to London, U.K. when its back door unsealed mid-air. According to a passenger Rachel Weissfeld, “The change in altitude…it was so fast that there were people who were in a lot of pain, like their ears were hurting, people were crying due to the pain, it was really awful.”

The plane landed safely.

The passengers were asked to remain seated and the airline served complimentary food and drinks.

The plane resumed the journey after some time.

Door Ripped from SAS Airbus

On Jan 25, 2013, a Scandinavian Airlines SAS Airbus A320-232 with 150 aboard was at Gardermoen airport Norway loaded with passengers to Copenhagen when the SAS plane rolled backwards while it still was parked at gate 44. The door to the plane was ripped from its hinges.

Both the street and the plane were damaged.

Passengers were provided alternative flights. The crew and airport hope, optimistically, that the damaged can be handled expeditiously.

An investigation of how this could happen is underway.

Russia: Leaky Flight Turns Back

I would have to say that this Nordavia (Russia to Turkey) flight had good reason to turn back. I’d be just as alarmed as the flight crew was. From the sound of it, the passengers were lucky if nothing else fell off this plane. I would say that this is one Boeing which was, as they said in the old West, “rode hard and put up wet.” I hope the leaky door seal was the least of their worries.


Ajar Door Disrupts Continental Flight

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Contact photographer Andrew Compolo

What: Continental Airlines Boeing 737-800 en route from Port of Spain ,Trinidad/Tobago to Houston,TX
Where: Port of Spain
When: Aug 16 2011
Who: 155 passengers and 6 crew
Why: After takeoff, the crew noted an indication that a door was open.

The flight crew elected to return to the airport where they made a safe landing.
The door was closed, and the flight took off again and continued normally, arriving several hours late, but safely.

Boeing Emergency Landing in Sochi, Russia

What: Donavia Boeing-737-500 passenger airliner flying from Rostov to Tel Aviv
Where: Sochi, Russia
Who: 99 passengers * also reported as 103
Why: The flight made a scheduled stop at Sochi, but after takeoff had undesignated problems in the air, and had to return to make an emergency landing. A replacement plane arrived to perform the remainder of the flight about six hours later.

The problem was due to cabin pressure from a leaking door seal.

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