This last sentence explains alot.....it was empty, a ferry flight. They probably didn't know there was cabin crew riding with them. The article doesn't doesn't say WHO was on, someone else may have closed the doors. People get left behind alot.....even crew.
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4466 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (9 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 11693 times:
There's an urban legend that a passenger plane, a domestic US 727 or so, departed once without cabin crew, and the pilots only found out midflight after passengers knocked on the door (obviously pre September 11) to enquire when they'd get drinks or a meal service. Makes you wonder if flight attendants would be missed anyway (on normal flights) since cutting back of service.
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Captaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5116 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3798 times:
But if it was an empty ferry flight I guess it is not that bad, only that there were no confirmation that the doors were armed unless a cockpit crew member did it assuming he didnt have to carry a FA crew with him.
At first I thought there were passengers on board, that rather bothered me.
Heavierthanair From Switzerland, joined Oct 2000, 910 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 3557 times:
Closing the door is one thing but arming the slides is another. As to whether the slides are armed or not to my knowledge is visible in the cockpit and verifying the slides are armed prior to departure surely is part of the checklist.
Thus the flight crew must have armed the slides themselves and thus realized here was no cabin crew, unless they overlooked that item on the checklist.
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