It seems that pilots can lock themselves out of a cockpit, which requires entering an aircraft much like you’d enter your home if you forget a key: through a window. For a pair of Delta pilots, that involved some crawling to reach the 737 flight deck.
Video: Delta Pilots Crawling Into 737 Cockpit Through Window
A rather hilarious video has emerged of a Delta pilot using a luggage conveyor belt to enter the window of a Boeing 737 aircraft. As the pilot struggles to enter head first, his co-pilot gives him a helping hand, eventually pushing him in through the window and then guiding his legs to get him fully inside.
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Why was this even necessary? If you’ve ever taken a close look at at the onboard entrance to the flight deck, you’ve noticed that there is a numerical key pad in which pilots can input a code to enter the flight deck. Couldn’t the pilots have just entered the cockpit that way?
I asked 121Pilot, our resident pilot on Live and Let’s Fly, about this and he told me that if power to the plane was shut off, the keypad would also likely not be functional. He flies an Airbus rather than a Boeing, but explained:
At least on the Airbus if the plane was fully shut down and external power turned off in the cockpit if the cockpit door was closed you might be locked out.
There are some systems that can be powered on from a switch outside the cockpit but I’m not sure the door is one.
He added that he was not aware of a way to enter the cockpit through the window on an Airbus, so it is a good thing this was a Boeing.
Thus, it seems to me the pilots were indeed locked out, but found that entering via the window was easier than hooking the plane up to power. Probably a lot quicker too.
Still, it brings to mind the classic “do planes have keys?” sketch by Jerry Seinfeld:
Two Delta pilots are captured in a video struggling to crawl into a 737 cockpit. Yes indeed, it seems they really were locked out and found crawling in more expedient than turning on the auxiliary power unit.
(H/T: View From The Wing)