Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2904 posts, RR: 21 Posted (14 years 1 month 3 days ago) and read 2440 times:
On nearly all aircraft, you can see a little zone marked (about 50cm x 50cm), with the words "Cut here in emergency" written on it. Maybe this is a silly question, but: Who is supposed to cut the fuselage? In what kind of emergency?
I really can't think of any emergency where it would be necessary to cut a hole into the fuselage, instead of using the emergency exits. How long does it take to cut a hole into the fuselage - too long in case of an emergency. And what's so special about this particular zone, why not cutting the fuselage anywhere else?
Sorry but I really can't figure out what that zone is for. Can anybody help?
Ndebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2904 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2386 times:
Thanks for that information, L-188! But don't you think it takes much too long to cut a hole into the fuselage in case of emergency? If I were rescue personnel, I'd simply take any exit/emergency exit to get into the aircraft?!
Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3032 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2382 times:
Personally, I think airliner manufacturers are obliged to make such areas, in case of jammed or blocked emergency exits.
For instance, what if a B777 makes an emergency landing, and stops somewhere in between two hangars (you never know), thus blocking all possible exits? In this case, emergency workers can easily access the aircraft by cutting into the fuselage at those specific areas...
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30174 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2375 times:
Trust me....It doesn't take that long to hack through the side of an airplane with an axe. The skin probably will only be about .047 or .060 inches thick. Depending on the design, if it pressurized, ect. Aluminum that thick isn't going to stand up long to getting hit with a steel axe.
BTW does anybody have a picture of a real crash axe that they carry on the airport rigs? I am not talking that little thing that is carried on aircraft. My brother was describing one to me, he just got his FF1 rating and joined the VFD where he lives.
Anyway picture a full sized escape axe with the little pick on the head end. Just like the typical fire fighters axe. Except instead of a smother cutting blade like a normal axe has this one is sectioned out in little steps. They are not serations but steps.
Apparently from what he was telling me the steps are there to keep the axe from sliding off the edge of the aluminum sheet.
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