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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1366 posts, RR: 8
Posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Hey everyone,

I know that emergency slides can be used as life rafts, as was the case with the A320 in the Hudson.

I was wondering if anyone would know how many of these slides are on a typical A330 or 767. Are they the only things used as life rafts, or are there other rafts available should a "water landing" occur? I was watching the Mayday episode on the Air Transat A330 that came close to doing a forced water ditching and I was trying to imagine how they'd leave that aircraft / float until helped arrived (assuming they would still be intact, like the US Airways). Are they enough for a full load of passengers?

Personal flotation devices will keep you afloat, but that won't do much good in the North Atlantic. Maybe to keep your frozen body from sinking. without a raft you'd probably die of hypothermia pretty quickly.

Thanks

Vio
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User currently offlineStitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 29689 posts, RR: 84
Reply 1, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
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Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Are they the only things used as life rafts, or are there other rafts available should a "water landing" occur?

I would guess it depends on the operator, though many safety cards show just the slides being used as rafts


User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2791 times:
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Depends on how a given aircraft is used. A 767 doing transatlantic will be better equipped slide/raft wise than a 767 in US domestic service. Naturally there are exceptions....


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User currently offlinevio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1366 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
I would guess it depends on the operator, though many safety cards show just the slides being used as rafts

Yeah, that's what I remember, just the slides & of course the personal flotation devices (life jackets)

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 2):
Depends on how a given aircraft is used. A 767 doing transatlantic will be better equipped slide/raft wise than a 767 in US domestic service. Naturally there are exceptions....

I mean Trans-Atlantic / Trans Pacific.



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User currently offline1337Delta764 From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 6386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

Quoting vio (Thread starter):

I know that emergency slides can be used as life rafts, as was the case with the A320 in the Hudson.

Not all airliners have detachable slide rafts; it is a customer option on the A320 series, and is not an option at all on the 737. They are only included standard on widebody aircraft, and formerly on the 757.



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