SafetyDude From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3795 posts, RR: 14 Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1401 times:
On the safety cards we see how to perform a water evacuation, but has there ever been a time when a REAL water evacuation has taken place? Also why is it that on certain planes you can't evacuate from the rear doors (e.g 737) but on some you can't evacuate from the wing (A320). Also on the safety cards they say for land evac. you have to inflate the slide, but in water evac. the slide deflates automaticaly! Also what is the situation when a land evac. takes place? Any ideas?
Mr Spaceman From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 2787 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1326 times:
To answer your first question...YES, there has been a time when a REAL water evacuation has taken place.
>For Example: If you go to Airliners.net's home page, in the middle you'll see the title "latest article". Just below that, you should click on "Other Articles" At the bottom of the list, there's an article called "The DC-8 That Was To Young To Die".
This story is about a DC-8 that "ditched" into the waters of the San Francisco Bay area. I believe it occured in 1968. There were no deaths, and the DC-8 was repaired. According to the article, it's still flying today.
You should read this article. I'm sure you'll like it.
DC-10Tech From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 298 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
The restrictions on what doors to use in a ditch situation is usually determined by the aircraft tendency to sink or flood in a certain way. On the DC-10, the aft doors are not to be used as they will drastically accelerate the flooding of the aircraft as the aircraft will sit tail low in the water (assuming the plane is still in one piece!)
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6785 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1278 times:
The China Airlines 747-400 that went off the runway at Kai Tak had some rafts put out as it was quite a way into the harbour. Some slides were still attached though, as a passing tug boat nudged the aircraft back to the edge of the runway, where most of the photos of it were taken. However it was later towed back out so it would not be as much of an obstruction for the departing aircraft.
Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1191 times:
An Aerolineas Argentina 732 ditched just short of the runway ay Ushiana AR several years ago. There are pics here on Anet of it floating in the water.
In addition to the China AL 744 that ditched off HKG, several other airliners have slid off the end of runways in the water.....US Airways 734 at LGA, Overseas Natl DC-10-30 at JFK, SAS DC-10-30 at JFK. These are all that come to mind.
I dumped at the gybe mark in strong winds when I looked up at a Porter Q400 on finals. Can't stop spotting.
Delta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2678 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1150 times:
My favorite evacuation story is of the PanAm Stratocruiser that ditched in the Pacific enroute from HNL to the mainland. There is a website that has the full story -- I don't have time to look for it right now. It happened around 1956.
J_hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (14 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1050 times:
Wasn't there a plane that went off end of runway in BOS many years ago where the cockpit broke off and 2 pax were lost as they floated away into ocean? I recall it happened in winter(?) maybe 15-20 yrs ago?