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747 Emergency Evacuations

Sun May 06, 2001 10:51 am

This is brought on by SA-JET's post on door problems during an evacuation of a 747.

In an emergency when an evacuation is necessary, how do the pilots escape. Also, how do upper deck passengers escape. I have heard of escape ropes, but I picture a rope that the passengers are suppose to climb down. Is this the case?

 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Sun May 06, 2001 11:28 am

The pilots have an inertia-reel system (not exactly sure how it works) and the upper deck for the passengers has an escape door on either side mid-way down the upper deck window belt that is equipped with a really big slide.
 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Sun May 06, 2001 12:55 pm


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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Sun May 06, 2001 4:30 pm

KonaB777, the inertia reel system you are refering too is probably the rope I was talking about. From the name of it I am assuming it's a rope that is wound up and is only long enough to reach the ground, so the pilot or other cockpit escapees grab the rope then jump. The reel system provides for a controlled descent until the rope runs out, just short of the ground. Now, I am just assuming this and this is what I picture. If I am wrong someone please correct me.
 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Mon May 07, 2001 10:11 am

You are absolutely right...& we can go out the overhead hatch located in the flight deck ceiling...
 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Mon May 07, 2001 10:16 am

I should add that, the pilot's primary escape route is down the slides, after the passengers, & the flight deck ropes are only used if no other options are available....none of us are heroes....
 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Thu May 10, 2001 11:54 pm

Hey,

If this rope goes from the cockpit down does it come out from a hole in the bottom of the a/c fuselage?

Then how about if the 747 is lying on its belly???


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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Fri May 11, 2001 11:35 am

I went down to CLE to complete my senior project for high school yesterday. Steve Arnold, Asst. Cheif Pilot for CO at CLE, let me sit in the cockpit of at 737-500. I saw the emergency exit rope. It is in the ceiling on either side of the pilots.
 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Fri May 11, 2001 5:11 pm

SU508 do you mean the escape rope goes somewhere down internally through the aircraft? I dont know of any that do, they go externally, here is some pictures of them. The 707 you can see the rope coming out of the flight deck window. On the United 744 you can see where the hatch opens up on the flight deck roof.


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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Fri May 11, 2001 9:25 pm

I have seen the reels on the 747, and I've looked out the hatch at the ground. Personally, the flames would have to be licking at my feet before I'd use that system. It is a very long way down, and you'd better have a strong grip!
 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Sat May 12, 2001 3:37 pm

from the 2nd floor the primary emergency exit is the long slide. However if it is a water landing, upstairs slides should not be used since they are not detachable, and thus can not be used as life rafts. In a water evacuation, the pax, and flight crew take the stairs down to the main floor, and go out those exits.

 
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RE: 747 Emergency Evacuations

Mon May 14, 2001 7:24 pm

The 747 Escape 'rope' system is actually a cable system. The cable is wound up inside the 'D' Handle as shown in Victor Hotel's upper picture. Escape is then through the cockpit roof hatch down the outside of the aircraft. As the cable pays out it winds up a "watch spring" inside the D handle which has the effect of slowing you down as you get closer to the ground.

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