- Sorry for the ... unusual ... topic title, I'm stumped for a better way to phrase it.
- This is based on a translation/precis of a news article, so details may have got lost.
So, here's the story: Last night my other half mentioned that two technicians at TPE had been injured when they tried to open a cabin door on an A330-300 that was pressurized. The pressure differential caused the door to open suddenly.
I'm skeptical about the reporting, since the cabin doors are of the plug type, so should be impossible to open while the fuselage is pressurized. Furthermore, I recall that the A330 has a safety feature where attempting to open the doors using the external handle vents pressure to equalize.
Further translation of the article added some information: The technicians had been trying to open an "electric door" (which I'm assuming means a cargo door), but were unable to. They then got a lift and tried to open the cabin door, which "popped" due to the pressurization of the aircraft, injuring the two. I asked if they meant that an escape slide had blown, but apparently that wasn't the case.
I'm still stumped as to how the door could have flown open if it's a plug-type door. Does anyone have any insights?