rapid decompression


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rapid decompression

The almost instantaneous loss of cabin pressure in an aircraft with a pressurized cockpit or cabin. This could happen either because of enemy action or structural failure. In severe cases, it is called explosive decompression.
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Extensive maintenance troubleshooting following my flight determined that several factors contributed to the rapid decompression and resultant physiological symptoms.
On 26 October 2010 American Airlines flight 1640, a Boeing 757-223, experienced a rapid decompression. The crew executed an emergency descent back to Miami International Airport and landed the aircraft without further incident, no injuries to the six crew-members and 154 passengers were reported.
Demersal fishes are commonly subjected to rapid decompression during capture in both commercial and recreational fisheries.
''At approximately 29,000 feet (8,839 meters), the crew were forced to conduct an emergency descent after a section of the fuselage separated and resulted in a rapid decompression of the cabin,'' the bureau said.
Supersaturation of the volatile phase may occur via rapid crystallization of anhydrous phases in the melt or via rapid decompression of the magma chamber, which increases the liquidus and solidus of a particular melt, and decreases the maximum volatile solubility.
Here researchers examine a theory which explains its existence, namely that it was created by the rapid decompression and melting of an inordinately hot mantle in the heads of newly ascended mantle plumes.
[7] Pneumoparotid has also been induced by nose blowing, [1] blowing up balloons, [6] chronic attempts to suppress cough, [8,9] and rapid decompression while scuba diving.
At altitudes up to approximately 42 000 feet (12 802 m), rapid decompression can be handled safely by breathing pure oxygen while an emergency descent is made.
Up to half of the 1200 men on the project may have the disease - caused by rapid decompression.
007 had experienced rapid decompression of the cabin, an extremely serious condition for an airliner operating at substantial altitude.
"On October 26, 2010, the plaintiff, Adriana Guzman, was a passenger on American Airlines flight 1640 from Costa Rica to Boston when there was a rapid decompression incident which caused the aircraft to drop suddenly and the oxygen masks to be deployed.

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