Mx330 From Mexico, joined Oct 2002, 827 posts, RR: 13 Posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 33378 times:
Have just been informed that minutes ago a passenger has jumped off from the second deck of a Lufthansa's 747 covering flight 497 route MEX - FRA.
According to the ground control, the flight was holding position on or before runway 23L when a passenger opened the door, the slides were armed and he jumped out. Behind the LH 747 two traffics were waiting; a MX 319 and an AM 757.
The A319 was able to do a 180 turn but the 757 requested towing.
The pilot in the A319 advised that the crazy guy was too close to the airplane so continuing with the taxi could be very risky. The LH jumbo reported they would stay in their position for about 1 hour.
I will report any further information.
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UAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 33162 times:
OH you crazy neighbors to the south are at it again! This guy must have not taken his meds before the flight, had an agoraphobic panic attack, and felt the urgency to flee. That, or too much Cerveza...
Mx330 From Mexico, joined Oct 2002, 827 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 33001 times:
According to the last transmission, they are heading back to the gate.
The scanner in my house has some interference so its not quite easy to get everything. I'm sure we will have much more information regarding this soon.
I'll take it that way, thanks
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Snoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 32940 times:
Good lord! I didn't think that F-cl on Lufthansa was THAT bad!! I have certainly never been tempted to jump out of the door. Unless of course, one of those buxom Teutonic Brunnhilde's was starting to make advances....now that might be the reason!!
SHUPirate1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3670 posts, RR: 17
Reply 10, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 32915 times:
According to my sources (namely lufthansa.com), LH497 is expected to depart MEX at approximately 12:45 AM local time (scheduled departure was 9:40 PM) but interestingly, however, they expect to show up at FRA on time at 3:00 PM...good luck with that one happening...
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Ha763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3656 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 32733 times:
Quoting Musapapaya (reply 12): so strange..... how long do they need to put the slide back into the door before the a/c can go away again?
They will need to get another packed slide to replace the one that was blown. It should take only a couple hours max to replace and check everything. That is assuming that they have a spare slide in MEX. The blown slide will have to be deflated and then most likely sent back to the manufacturer and they will repack it so it can be used again.
Brido From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 160 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 32678 times:
Quoting Newark777 (reply 9): Are they taxiing back with an orange slide hanging off the side of the plane? That would be a sight to see
Evacuation slides have not been orange for at least 10 years. They are now silver, made of fire-retardant material.
Previous slides (the orange ones) used to catch fire more easily and/or melt from heat, so these new slides were developed years ago. They reflect/resist the heat and flames, and last longer in a fire emergency.
Also, depending on the regulatory requirements of Germany and LH procedures, they may or may not need to repack the slide. I believe 747-400 have 2 upper-deck slides and so they may be able to depart with just one operational slide up there.
Not sure if MEX has a 747 slide just lying around someplace. Again, the requirements vary by country and airline, but there are procedures written for departing an aircraft with INOP doors/slides.
BAW716 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2028 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (9 years 6 months 3 days ago) and read 32225 times:
The slides on the 747, even the ones on the upper desk are detachable, so I would imagine getting the aircraft back would not entail much more than detaching the slide, getting it clear of the aircraft, then the aircraft could taxi minus the one slide back to the gate, off load the passengers while maintenance repacks the slide (I don't know how long that would take on an upper deck door).
If the aircraft were not full, they most likely would remove the passengers to the main deck and seat them downstairs for the taxi, since I'm not sure of the legalities of taxiing with passengers upstairs with one inoperable slide.
Juan APM, great job and thank you!....Your providing us news like this when it happens is exactly why this is the best aviation forum on the web.
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Icaro From Spain, joined Nov 2004, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 6 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 31164 times:
I think they could simply detach the slide and leave with only one slide on the Upper Deck, or if it is not allowed to carry pax with only one slide, they could downgrade F/C pax to J/C in the main cabin and leave with the UD empty.
They would have to do the safety demonstration manually and that would be it.
If the crew doesn't go over working limits and have to stay in MEX, the flight should arrive with only a slight delay.
: OK, maybe I was overdoing it with the picture. I did add the smiley to demonstrate that I was joking and I do enjoy flying LH. They have always been
: Don't worry, Snoopy, I actually had a good laugh. Thanks.
: Here you go: http://www.imdb.com/gallery/granitz/2496/Events/2496/OrlandoBlo_Pimen_2716910_400.jpg?path=pgallery&path_key=Kruger,%20Diane I had attrac
: Maybe braindead, judging from the way he acted... Seriously, though, why should he have incurred any harm other than rubber burns? Ugh, a downgraded
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: I wondered the same thing at first but being that everyone is talking about slides and the fact that it didn't get mentioned in, not only the 1st, bu
: Seriously, though, why should he have incurred any harm other than rubber burns? How could that happen? unless he was naked.
: i wonder if he would have jumped if the slide wasnt there. did he want to top himself or just get off the plane... closes his eyes jumps out and start
: I suppose he was arrested for criminal damage ,why didnt he just ask to get off.?
: Before anyone gets on my back, I apologise, I have a sick sense of humor.... from the cockpit - 21:42:03 "Flight attendants please be seated for depar
: Did the guy followed all the security procedures, before leaving the plane? like taking out his shoes before sliding....... Crazy people...!!!!!!!!!
: WOW!!! a spotter/ photographer with a photograph of a LF 747 on a taxiway holding short of the runway with doors open and a orange slide hanging down.
: Surely this has to be rubbish. If I attempted to stand up during taxi and then open an emergency exit door, somebody would have told me to sit the ***
: Don't you worry I was also laughing. But I had to say this because I have seen a lot of very pretty LH flight attendants.