Pilot relives drama of door falling off in flight

By Laura Paterson

Published: 11/01/2014

An Orkney pilot told yesterday of the hair-raising moment when a door fell off his aircraft as he flew at 100mph above the Pentland Firth.

Thomas Sinclair, 66, said he saw the bubble-shaped doors on his two-seater light aircraft bulge out before the one on his side was torn off and hit the tail of the plane at high speed.

His eight-year-old grandson, Andrew Swanney, of Kirkwall, was a passenger and his door was also starting to bulge.

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