|Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 1):|
Quoting Jackbr (Thread starter):
I've seen 1950s/early 60s era flight attendant training paraphanalia which will use terms such as forward and aft doors etc. Bearing in mind this was a time when doors were never armed unless in an actual emergency
Are you saying that doors on 707s and DC-8s etc. in their early years of service were not armed as a standard procedure before takeoff? I find that hard to believe.
There was an accident of a TWA 707 in Rome where the plane veered off the side of the runway during an aborted takeoff and hit a ground vehicle resulting in a fire. The crew had to open the door, remove a slide pack from an overhead panel, attach the girt bar, inflate the slide, then try to get the passengers out. Try doing this with a planeload of panicked passengers while the plane is on fire.
It's also natural for passengers to run to the front of the airplane to escape. Many of the passengers who died in this accident tried to exit in the front of the cabin. They were seated only a few rows in front of the overwing exit.
After this accident the FAA required that planes have slides which can be armed to inflate automatically in case of an emergency evacuation.
The FAA also required that passengers are told the nearest exit may be behind them.