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Rapid Depressurisation/Decompression

Definition

Decompression which occurs rapidly but at a rate which is less than the rate by which the lungs can decompress and, therefore, does not result in damage to the lungs.

Discussion

A rapid depressurisation event is more common than Explosive Depressurisation and is usually associated with larger aircraft. Depressurisation occurs in a matter of seconds at a rate greater than 7,000 ft/min, and is normally associated with a ‘bang’ and a sudden fogging of the cabin air.

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