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A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:54 pm

I've seen some offhand comments in other threads that emergency evacuation of the A380 may present some technical problems, i.e., the upper deck can't be evacuated in a timely manner without using escape shoots that would cause injury to evacuating passengers because of the speed of descent down the shoot. Is this a real or imagined problem?
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:57 pm

You can be sure that A knows about the rule concerning evacuation and they were working very hard on it - and they have a solution, otherwise it would be sort of suicide building an aircraft without a solution.

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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 6:59 pm

At the risk of sounding like I'm just brushing the possible issues surrounding A380 evacuation aside and blindly leaving my faith in Airbus, Airbus is a respectable aircraft manufacturer and they most certainly wouldn't fly any aircraft without it being proven safe in all respects. Sure it's a long way down, but there are definitely means of ensuring reasonable descents...

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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 8:41 pm

And since Airbus has given the contract for the evacuation system to a US company, everything should be OK, No????  Big grin
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 8:59 pm

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaauuuuuggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how many times is a thread like this going to appear?

They evacuated 580 pax from a 744D including the upper deck shoots which had to handle more pax per door than the A380 will. So why wont they be able to do it from a A380?

And do you think Airbus would be making this damn thing if they thought they couldnt?

Sorry if im being very sarcy but i find im repeating this on a weekly basis.
 
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 9:13 pm

I can see the concerns on the height and rate of decent. Remember, it's not the fall that gets you, it's the sudden stop (at the bottom)

And as far as "how many times is a thread like this going to appear?"...I think we have a lot of reading to go before we scratch the surface of the Northwest DC-9 empire
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 9:35 pm

And as far as "how many times is a thread like this going to appear?"...I think we have a lot of reading to go before we scratch the surface of the Northwest DC-9 empire

what so only when a topic breaches the amount of DC-9 threads is it then deemed excessive.  Insane
 
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 9:57 pm

It seems to me that Airbus will be able to get the folks off this aircraft via slides without a problem. The point that they will get hurt going down the slides is mute. People have broken legs and hips etc jumping out of 737's and DC9's mostly due to the short slides they have /people jump out and miss the slide all together/. Of course this will happen. It is expected that the slides are there to preserve life in an emergency and give folks the chance to live and not perish say in a fire but they have never been designed to gently guide you to the ground so that you could fix your hair and walk away. Most likely you will be running, crawling, or clawing away from that airplane. These devices are meant for life and death situations not as Disney rides for a thrill.
 
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:38 pm

All this talk makes me laugh.

The current rules on passenger evacuation are old and almost completely ambiguous. Even if the A380 meets the criteria, that doesn't make it "safe" because the evacuation regulations were never drawn up for such an aircraft.
 
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Tue Jun 08, 2004 11:41 pm

Remember that the A380 isn't as big a leap sizewise over what's available now as the 747 was back in '70, plus they seem to have put in enough exits in the upper deck to do the trick. I'm sure they wouldn't have gone ahead with the project if they couldn't evacuate it properly. And like 4jaded pointed out, people have gotten injured evacuating much smaller aircraft.

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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 12:52 am

The slides are lined with a material that brakes the slide, so once you reach terminal velocity you won't be accelerating anymore. You'll just have a burned tush. Better than a broiled body anyway.

As has been stated, the 744 has upper deck slides too. Also, the number of pax per door is not markedly different from the 744. I did the math once in tech ops, but can't be bothered to look it up.
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RE: A380 Emergency Evacuation/Technical Problems?

Wed Jun 09, 2004 7:34 am

I have no doubt that Airbus will be able to physically demonstrate the emergency exit requirements are met. They load the plane up and prove that they meet the regulations. Simple. Once the first plane is completed Airbus should be able to get rid of this "lingering question" for once and for all.