A PILOT has revealed how long people can survive in a plane if a window is broken during flight.
But don’t worry – the chances of it happening are extremely small.
Pilot Harrison Murray shared a video on Tiktok revealing what would happen if the plane’s window was smashed mid-flight.
He explained that there will be rapid depressurization, when the cabin rushes to balance the conditions inside the cabin with the conditions outside.
He says passengers have only 30 to 90 seconds of useful consciousness that they will have to wear an oxygen mask.
Based on Air And Space MagazineEvery plane flying above 15,000 feet must carry at least 10 minutes of oxygen per passenger.
The pilots would then need to lower the plane very quickly to an altitude where masks are no longer needed.
If passengers can’t put on an oxygen mask before they pass out, they are unlikely to survive.
Harrison, who follows the handle @pilot_geeza, answered the question: “What if a window is smashed on an airplane?”
“So if a window pops, you get depressed quickly,” he said.
“You’ll get a lot of noise, the temperatures will drop, you’ll have fog and fog in the cabin.
“You’ll feel some discomfort in your stomach as the gases expand.
“Ahead, we’ll do our memory entries [a checklist], we’ll turn on our oxygen mask, we’ll also flip the switch for you to use your mask – you want to get that sharp.
“At anywhere from 30,000ft to 40,000ft, your useful perception time is about a minute and a half to 30 seconds, so you don’t want to mess around.
“We’re going to initiate an emergency landing, go through all the checklists and everything, and we’ll schedule a redirect to our nearest airport.”
The video has had 405,000 views and people are interested in whether the passengers are being sucked out of the plane like in the movie.
One commented: “So we won’t be sucked out the window then? Hollywood lied to us lol.”
Harrison replied: “Oh, you can. Years ago, the windows didn’t come out of the plane and the captain was sucked out. The flight attendant held him by the leg!”
He is referring to Captain Tim Lancaster, a British Airways pilot who was ripped from his seat and sucked out of a window at 23,000ft.
Shockingly, he suffered broken bones and frostbite several times, but he survived.
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