777gk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2117 times:
On a widebody this can be a major problem. The slide itself, which is massive, will inflate with such pressure so quickly that anyone standing around could be swept up or trapped against the walls and be seriously injured. Additionally, modern slides are fairly puncture-proof, so it would be difficult to stab a hole in the slide to let the air out.
On the MD-90 this is less of an issue, but with the limited space in the cabin it is still a dangerous situation.
The obvious answer is that the bottles holding the compressed air inadvertently fired and blew the slide. I'd be interested to see exactly why this happened, or if it had been tampered with.
Jlp12345 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2088 times:
When I was an FA I heard several stories of other FA's accidently setting off slides because they forgot to disarm them. I worked for Ryan International, and this had happened a few times. We were warned that we would be terminted on the spot if we ever set on off.
YYZYYT From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 918 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2020 times:
There is a thread in tech/ops about an employee who nearly blew a slide during night cleaning on an Airtran 717 which had been left armned. In that discussion, it appears that 7171/DC9/MD80 family has slides that are mechanically armed, and can only deploy if the slide falls out of the casing and drops a certain distance. I'm having trouble picturing how this can happen with a door closed.
RDURAMPER From United States of America, joined May 2005, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1980 times:
A bigger problem is when F/A's forget to disarm the slide on a terminating aircraft. The flight crew leaves the a/c, and the cabin crew comes on and opens the door. Theoretically, if the door is still armed, then the flag would be across the window, but people don't always look. It's not too bad if you are on the inside opening the door, but if you are on a provisioning stand or truck it could be a very dangerous situation.
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