I've often wondered about the Emergency Procedures that airline pilots are trained to follow in the unfortunate event of an Off-Airport forced approach into a field or forest, etc.
I specifically would like to learn about any procedures that are used to help ensure that the flight crew can escape from the cockpit after a forced landing, incase the cockpit area is comprimised /crushed.
The only thing I can think of (off the top of my head) that airline pilots can do if a crash landing is iminent - to make sure they have a better chance of getting out of their cockpit if it's damaged - is to open the cockpit's side windows (if possible) at the last moment prior to impact.
Do airline pilots train to open their cockpit windows prior to an Off-Airport forced approach?
During my PPL "Forced Approaches" training, I was taught to open the doors on the Cessna 152 and try to jam something into the hinge area (like a clipboard) prior to landing to help keep the doors open during touchdown incase the doors got crushed into the fuselage and were stuck closed. This is not a good thing, especially if you're on fire after impact. I was also told to cross my legs if I was going down into a forest to help prevent any branches that might penetrate the cockpit floor from injuring me - you know where!
Are airline pilots trained to cross their legs too?
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