Thanks for the quick reply, apologies for all the typos was in a bit of a rush. DonÂ’t have any photos of particular aircraft but the link below is exactly the same as what happened.
Door popped in straight & level flight, was about 3 min into cruise with autopilot engaged, door moved out & back, heard wind rushing noise but couldnÂ’t see any gap. I would hate to think what may have happened if the top hinge gave way also.
Have you heard of many of these types of failures as the flying school is claiming I must have closed the door incorrectly. I donÂ’t really know how you could close a door wrong (short of jumping on it), itÂ’s closed & latched or it isnÂ’t.
During my training the instructor did say to me that the pilots door of this ac had always been harder to close, I donÂ’t know if this would have been a long time contributing factor to the failure.
I am also unsure if the door was fixed before the instructor flew it back. Besides the obvious safety considerations & risk involved in flying an aircraft in that state part of any take of check list (for me at least) is hatches secure.
I hope they see sense IÂ’m not too keen on paying for their hours, I honestly canÂ’t see how any of our actions could have managed to break what looked like a very strong part.
Thanks again for your help mate