Wilco From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 355 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3905 times:
Okay. This is just weird. This appears to be in the passenger cabin, not cargo, so I don't think it is for the scheduled transporting of bodies, but rather for inflight deaths (this is also what the photographer says). So are inflight deaths that common that this is needed? Am I the only airline employee/fan that finds this as an odd use of precious aircraft space? Do any other commercial aircraft (this is an SQ A345) have this feature?
The photo's caption read: "An unusual feature found in this A345 is this air conditioned compartment used to store bodies. Although rare, in flight deaths have occured periodically with several airlines."
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13138 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3236 times:
All I got to say is WOW!! I have never heard of anything like that. Of course this leads to many questions. How 'dead' would the person have to be to be placed into that hold? Who would determine if to put a person in to that hold (any medical doctor on board?) Has this ever been used on any flight? While it seems to appear to be like a coroner's storage body drawer, is it refrigerated? What about the ...umm...body fluids? Is a body bag used? How do you get the body on/in the hold, wait until turns stiff then tip over onto the shelf? Do the f/a's help get the body in? Would this be used only when more than a certain number of hours into flight, over problem countries (Russia, Middle East), where no airport within x number of minutes where can drop off the body? Could this be used as a sleeping compartment for off-duty f/a's or for non-rev pax