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Cabin Door Pops Open During Flight

August 26, 2004

BOSTON (AP) _ Passengers had a terrifying moment when a cabin door blew open at 500 feet during a Boston-to-Nantucket flight, but the airline said no one was in danger because the cabin wasn’t pressurized.

``All of a sudden the wind was whipping through the plane,″ Calley Cutler, of Salem, N.H., told the Boston Globe. ``I was never so scared in my entire life.″

Cutler and her husband were aboard Cape Air’s eight-person Cessna 402 for the Aug. 11 flight. After the incident, the plane returned to Boston’s Logan International Airport. It was found to be safe, and the flight went on to Nantucket.

Cape Air spokeswoman Michelle Haynes said the passengers were never in danger.

``It can be a bit disconcerting for passengers when they hear the noise coming from outside, but this was not an emergency by any stretch of the imagination,″ she said.

The FAA met the plane upon its return to Logan and determined that the door hadn’t been properly locked, FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac said. The plane, its door locked, then departed and flew safely to Nantucket.

The Cutlers, however, were so shaken that they took a ferry back to the mainland.

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