Lufthansa411
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Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:57 pm

Quick question that I was hoping someone could help me with. My roommate and I got into an argument about a (supposed) man who stole a 747 escape slide and was chased down by the police using the slide's GPS system. I know that this is complete BS and I wanted to get some figures to back me up.

So, does anyone know the approximate weight of a packed 747 escape slide/raft?
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RE: Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:09 pm

Well, I have never moved a B747 slide, but have removed and installed many on the Tristar, which has the same sized door, so must be about the same sort.
We never carried them up the steps to the aircraft. They were too heavy, even with four people lifting it. We used a fork lift that put it in the door. Then we used two chocks on the floor and carefully moved the slide up onto the chocks, then at least three of us swivelled it upright. Then we wound the door down until it latched in place. We NEVER lifted it, it was too heavy, and unwieldy .
 
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RE: Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:20 pm



Quoting Lufthansa411 (Thread starter):
I got into an argument about a (supposed) man who stole a 747 escape slide and was chased down by the police using the slide's GPS system. I know that this is complete BS

It's not a BS story.. but very real, but it was a life raft...
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RE: Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:34 pm



Quoting TristarSteve (Reply 1):
Well, I have never moved a B747 slide, but have removed and installed many on the Tristar, which has the same sized door, so must be about the same sort.

TriStar double slide for the Type A door weighs 117 lbs.
 
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RE: Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:29 am



Quoting Lufthansa411 (Thread starter):
chased down by the police using the slide's GPS system

Do You mean ELT beacon?
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RE: Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Tue Feb 24, 2009 8:56 am

It's a story that's noted on Snopes, the Urban Legends website:

http://www.snopes.com/crime/dumdum/locator.asp

Not all slide/rafts have ELTs attached to them, but the B-747 slide/rafts do have them as an option. The story in Snopes does make sense because these slide/raft ELTs are automatically activated when they come into contact with water.
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RE: Weight Of Emergency Exit Slide

Tue Feb 24, 2009 2:36 pm

B737 and A320 slides can be handled by one person, but we needed two (strong) guys to carry a MD-11 slide pack.

Life rafts are another story. We had some on our 767 freighters for overwater flights. They could be carried by one person like a big gym bag and actually had carrying handles on them.

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