Did you know ? #18

Q) Can an aircraft throw out things from the cargo hold to lose weight?

A) Stuff of tales! Pilots call this a typical movie myth, it is definitely possible in the movies but not in real life. Normal cargo doors on an aircraft are designed to open outwards, but with the pressurisation in the aircraft at its cruising altitude this is pretty much impossible. There is one cargo door on the aircraft which opens inwards, this is near the tail and is the place where excess hand-baggage is stored. You will need to have a human being in it while in flight to open it, but he will die because of lack of oxygen and the cold.

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Priya is an airline pilot, spotting aircraft in the skies as a child gave birth to her dreams of flying an aircraft, a feat she achieved at the age of 17. While flying gives her a high, writing keeps her grounded, but she finds both equally liberating. In this blog she will take you through some fact files in the field of Aviation.