skyharborshome From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 273 posts, RR: 2 Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3092 times:
The report shows how serious this situation became. Most passengers do not know the difference in whether or not a door is armed. They think if you open a door in an emergency, you have a slide. This could have turned very ugly if the passengers further panicked and pushed towards a door that was opened without an inflated slide.
I also had not heard a fire extinguisher had been discharged. The report mentioned that the discharged retardant may have been confused as smoke but I think they missed the point. If any of us were in an aircraft and we see a fire extinguisher used, all of us would be heading towards an exit as we would perceive an active fire has been identified.
Several hindsight comments could be made on the actions taken but this seemed like a sudden event during push back that no one was prepared for and I am not sure how you train for that. I am not going to fault BA here but this is truly a puzzling event. We never expect an incident involving a fully operational aircraft to go unsolved. Assumptions are dangerous, I realize, but I think a reasonable assumption would be a maintenance worker or passenger accidentally did something and they are afraid to come forward. Other than that, to not have a cause or explanation causes all of us to be befuddled.
Quoting skyharborshome (Reply 4): passengers further panicked and pushed towards a door that was opened without an inflated slide
Maybe vie got my sequence of events wrong. I fly a lot both short haul and long haul a lot. Iirc the doors are armed and cross checked before push back? How come doors where opened after departure from the gate and no slide deployment?
starguy From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 317 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2684 times:
Quoting sandyb123 (Reply 5): Maybe vie got my sequence of events wrong. I fly a lot both short haul and long haul a lot. Iirc the doors are armed and cross checked before push back? How come doors where opened after departure from the gate and no slide deployment?
Sequence of events are.
Door to automatic
Commander decides to return to stand and reconnect the jet bridge so command is given for doors to be set to 'Manual'.
In the time it takes to reconnect the tug, situation worsens in the cabin.
Panicked passenger then opens door.