After A UK-Flight Took Off & Reached 14,500-Ft, Crew Finds Two Missing & Misaligned Windows

by Ankita Mazumdar
After A UK-Flight Took Off & Reached 14,500-Ft, Crew Finds Two Missing & Misaligned Windows

Another day, another flight incident and this time time it was in London. A flight from London to Florida took off with two of its cabin windows missing and the other two misaligned. This came into notice when a crew member detected one window flapping at an altitude of 14,500 feet. Upon investigations, it was found that the seal of the windowpanes was altered due to it being exposed to high-power lights for long periods. Scroll on to know the entire story.

This Flight Reached 14,500-Ft To Find Its Two Missing & Misaligned Windows

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigated this shocking incident. They discovered that only scratch panes, a sheet of plastic that is put in between the inner and outer panes were occupying the empty space. The scratch pane doesn’t allow the passengers to touch the outer pane.

According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the end result could be more serious. It was a great discovery on the part of the crew members, it saved 20 lives. The flight operates under Titan Airways, a 1988 British chartered airline. It was in use by a luxury travel business brand called TCS World Travel.

How Did The Windows Come Off?

The preliminary report suggests that the airplane was used for filming just a day before the flight took off. The harmful thing was the filming crew set up strong lights near the windowpanes to project the illusion of a sunrise. These lights were up for hours and if the lights are powerful enough, they give off extreme heat waves. The right side had the lights glowing for five and a half hours and then on the left side, it was for four hours.

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Further, what escalated the situation was the wrong distance between the windowpanes and the light source. According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the lights were placed as close as six to nine metres away from the airplane’s window. An ideal distance is no way near 10 metres. If the crew maintained this, then windows would have been intact.

How Did The Crew Find Out?

After the flight took off and the sign for the deactivation of the seatbelt was signaled, a crew member approached the rear end of the airplane. According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the crew member observed that one of the windows was flapping and the outside air was seeping in because there was no.

The crew member immediately informed the others and decided to land back at Essex Airport, safe and sound. It was reported the cabin pressure was normal and passengers were seated in the middle section of the airplane. It is interesting to note that this revelation came into being when the flight ascended to a height of 14,500 feet! Due to the high power beams of the light source projected near the windowpanes, the seal might have melted or shrunken due to excess heat emitted by the light source.

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Check your windows, if you are a window passenger!

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