It’s a very good exemple of how extremely trivial small errors (the height of the air stairs was due to a wrong estimation of the weight of the aircraft) and small mishaps (the copilot blocking the view was not predictible at all) can make an hostage rescue mission so much harder, and where all the insane skills of these groups’ operatives come in handy. It’s a similar situation as when a SAS sergeant getting entangled in his rope jeopardized operation Nimrod.
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The door swings outwards. Take a look at the picture. They basically pulled up and knocked on the door, couldn’t open it and had to reverse out, swing the door open and drive back in. This sort of thing relies hugely on momentum. Get in quickly and off the opposition while they are still three steps behind (and hopefully still one or two steps away from “shall I blow up all the hostages”) the delay in getting the door open meant as they entered the hijackers had time to prepare to fight. It also meant the first guy in basically had to leap the gap, rather than enter ready to fight.