Wednesday’s Sriwijaya Air planned 2200 mile flight from Guangzhou, China to Denpasar (Bali), Indonesia reportedly had to turn around and go back to Guangzhou because:
- “the plane’s front door wasn’t closed all the way”
- however “indicators in the cockpit inaccurately showed that the door was closed all the way.”
The story spreading around news sites and social media is that it was “90 minutes into the flight when crew members noticed” however this doesn’t make sense to me.
An hour and a half into the flight they’d have long been flying above 30,000 feet for three quarters of an hour. But with the door open the cabin couldn’t have been pressurized. Something is off in the description here.
According to Flightradar24 the aircraft never got above 10,775 feet — that was 7 minutes into the flight — and it stayed above 9000 feet for only about 8 minutes. (The Boeing 737 would only have been pressurized to about 8000 feet.) The aircraft was in the air for less than an hour.
It appears to have taken significant efforts to turn the plane around and get it back onto the ground.
Translated from Chinese:
“Suddenly the plane shook very badly, as if something, the radio was informed to return to Guangzhou.” Passenger Miss Haw told reporters yesterday at 3 o’clock in the morning, he followed the tour group boarded from Guangzhou to Bali SJ1159 flight.
Who knows, the plane in the course of the trip is not smooth, starting more than an hour later, the plane issued a notice about to return to Guangzhou. At that time, sitting in front of the cabin passengers Mr. Chen said, hear the dialogue between the crew, “seems to be some problems with the aircraft door.
The plane landed safely, passengers disembarked, and after checking out the aircraft the flight again took off for Indonesia. However at least 20 passengers decided not to fly. Despite what seems a reasonable cause for cancelling their journey “[t]hey are currently negotiating with the airline over ticket refunds.”
Credit: Southern Metropolis Daily, China
(HT: René S.)