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Emergency Slide Deploys In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 12:06 am

Aviation Safety Network (www.aviation-safety.net) reports that a Delta MD90 (N910DN) had to make an emergency landing on May 24 while operating DL589 because an emergency slide went off in flight.

Anyone with any further info? How could that happen?
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RE: Emergency Slide Deploys In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 1:57 am

On a widebody this can be a major problem. The slide itself, which is massive, will inflate with such pressure so quickly that anyone standing around could be swept up or trapped against the walls and be seriously injured. Additionally, modern slides are fairly puncture-proof, so it would be difficult to stab a hole in the slide to let the air out.

On the MD-90 this is less of an issue, but with the limited space in the cabin it is still a dangerous situation.

The obvious answer is that the bottles holding the compressed air inadvertently fired and blew the slide. I'd be interested to see exactly why this happened, or if it had been tampered with.
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RE: Emergency Slide Deploys In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:01 am

When I was an FA I heard several stories of other FA's accidently setting off slides because they forgot to disarm them. I worked for Ryan International, and this had happened a few times. We were warned that we would be terminted on the spot if we ever set on off.

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RE: Emergency Slide Deploys In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:17 am

There is a thread in tech/ops about an employee who nearly blew a slide during night cleaning on an Airtran 717 which had been left armned. In that discussion, it appears that 7171/DC9/MD80 family has slides that are mechanically armed, and can only deploy if the slide falls out of the casing and drops a certain distance. I'm having trouble picturing how this can happen with a door closed.
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RE: Emergency Slide Deploys In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:25 am

A bigger problem is when F/A's forget to disarm the slide on a terminating aircraft. The flight crew leaves the a/c, and the cabin crew comes on and opens the door. Theoretically, if the door is still armed, then the flag would be across the window, but people don't always look. It's not too bad if you are on the inside opening the door, but if you are on a provisioning stand or truck it could be a very dangerous situation.
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