Varig767 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 243 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6626 times:
Lately this was asked to the pilots of KL691 when they declared a fuel emergency due to the AF358 accident. A few years ago I've seen a movie about ATC and when there was a plane in trouble this was also asked.
I understand that it is about persons aboard, but with what exact intention this is being asked by ATC?
Goinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6603 times:
During a recent visit to the Control Tower at Inverness airport I witnessed a small freighter take off for Edinburgh (about 100 miles away). The Captain of the cargo plane stated that he had a 'Supplementary' of "Three Souls on Board, endurance 180 minutes".
The Air Traffic Controller advised me that this was told to ATC as the terminal in Inverness would be closed when the flight was due land in Edinburgh.
Should the flight not make it to Edinburgh it would be known that there were three people on board and that the aircraft had enough fuel for 3 hours of flying.
As the ATC tower at Inverness closes at 22:00 (before arrival in Edinburgh), this 'Supplementary' information was passed on to en-route ATC.
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Air2gxs From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 6601 times:
It's just an efficient way of saying how many people onboard. This number would inlude crew, passengers and jumpseaters. I imagine in the past (pre-9/11 or even pre-hijackings) that there was a possibility that deadheading crews, jumpseating crews and employees hitching a ride weren't listed on the official manifest.
WILCO737 From Greenland, joined Jun 2004, 9278 posts, RR: 75
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6543 times:
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Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 2): Makes sense.But In an Emergency I dont think theres time for counting.
Sure you dont have time to count! But before you took off you have an information on your loadsheet which will tell you how many F, C, Y class passengers, Jumpseats, infants! So, just look on the Loadsheet and then you have the souls on board!
ATC wants to know the souls on board, fuel on board and if there are any dangerous good on board. So the rescue units know what they have to deal with and how many injured/dead people they have to look for. Fire fighters would be really interested in the amount of fuel on board upon touchdown. High risk of fire. And dangerous goods is a helpful information for everybody because of maybe biological, flammable, toxic etc substances on board.
CitationJet From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2587 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6523 times:
They use the term "souls on board" to include infants that may not be occupying a seat, and to make it clear that it is the total number of living people on board. Otherwise there may confusion over whether the number includes both passengers and crew members.
They don't have to count the people before landing. That number is known before they takeoff. It has to be known to do the weight and balance calculations, for one thing.
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PlainSmart From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 weeks ago) and read 6512 times:
I have heard that in emergency situations when you are asked how many people are on the plane frequently the pilot will not include himself and sometimes the crew. I think it is a mental thing when asked souls vs. people.
320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6338 times:
Even on engine runs, we tell the ground controller how many souls on board, and how much fuel. When the thing torches itself, and the CFR (Crash Fire Rescue) arrives, they want to know if everyone is off. Just because there are three people running away doesn't mean that there's not three more trapped inside.
As mentioned, "souls" differentiates between live people and cargo (cadavers).
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Bjones From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6305 times:
It has nothing to do with prioritizing the emergency and everything to do with the responders knowing how many people to look for. If an emergency crew showed up and saw five people standing near a 737 that just crashed they would be likely to think that there are more people still on board. However if word was passed to them that this there were only five people they would not unnecesariily risk there lives searching for additional people and could focus on helping those people and preventing a fire etc.
Dw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1273 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5638 times:
Quoting Airmech (Reply 5): They use the term "souls" to denote how many live humans are on board. To avoid confusion if a aircraft is hauling cadavors, animals, pets and such.
In theory. Once saw a CJ pilot get a thorough tongue lashing from the owner when they told flight service the number of souls onboard "4 souls and a dog". Needless to say, the ensuing argument over if Dogs have souls was entertaining.
Opso1 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5464 times:
I've been on several military flights, usually back from the Middle East when we have had "XX persons on board VV (VV = XX minus one or two) souls on board". This is so that, in the event of the crash crews being required, they will keep going until they have all of the "souls" accounted for. If they have all of the "souls" off alive, job done as well as hoped. If they total souls does not equal total persons at any time, they know to keep going...
N710PS From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 1166 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 1 month 1 week 1 day ago) and read 5463 times:
Because they need a count on how many ghhost protective sheets to put on the bodies when they get to the crash scene. No in all seriousness it is so there is a head count to calculate what magnatude the rescue operation would be, and as morbid as it sounds how many hursts, body bags, or ambulances depending on severity of the situation might be required.
There is plenty of room for Gods animals, right next to the mashed potatoes!
As a hearse fan, that's hearse-not hurst. Additionally, funeral directors are loathe to put unnecessary wear on hearses due to their expense-$70,000+ for a new coach. Usually they will send out a refitted van or truck that is used as a First Call vehicle. If a hearse is used for First Calls, it will almost always be an older coach that has been retired from use in funeral services.
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Smcmac32msn From United States of America, joined May 2004, 2211 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (8 years 1 month 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5235 times:
Quoting 57AZ (Reply 17): That and given the possible alternatives, how much of a fireball you might make when you get back down.
Thats hilarious.... welcome to my RR list. The other day I asked a Ops agent of a particular agent when their plane would "hit the ground". She gave me this weird look and said "You mean 'landing'?" I replied smugly with "Sure, however you want to say it."
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HPLASOps From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5108 times:
I think infants are the primary reason why the phrase "Souls on Board" is used. Infants account for zero weight when it comes to load planning, and as mentioned earlier, do not officially occupy a seat. A flight could have a trim count of 183 plus crew and jump (we'll say 7 total for this example), meaning that only 190 persons' weight much be accounted for, but if there are say, 3 infants, the SOB becomes 193.
Quoting Dw747400 (Reply 15): In theory. Once saw a CJ pilot get a thorough tongue lashing from the owner when they told flight service the number of souls onboard "4 souls and a dog". Needless to say, the ensuing argument over if Dogs have souls was entertaining.
I would've paid good money to hear this conversation. To the FAA, a dog is just another 30 lbs piece of cargo, but try explaining that to the dog's owner.
PlainSmart From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4772 times:
I have heard that times the pilots will not count themselves or their crews. When asked how many people are on board they may reply "three" (if it is a small plane). In reality though there is five when the two pilots are counted. Pilots tend to exclude themselves from body counts when asked how many people are on board, hence the word souls.
: when the gate agent wants the headcount from the crew, they will use "souls on board" if they included the infants (as they do not occupy a seat). The
: Although we're not required to use the "souls on board" verbiage, that's the idea when we clear our flights. Most of us (me included) still break the
: Sorry, peeps. I haven't been around for a while. The term "Souls on board" dates back many centuries to the (not surprisingly) naval world. If you (as
: Pretty much. If there's a possible crash scenario, we need to know the potential magnitude and scope in order to prepare for it. There may be an airl