B777UA
Topic Author
Posts: 139
Joined: Tue Jan 25, 2000 12:10 pm

Evacuation Slides

Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:46 am

Can Evacuation Slides, once Deployed, be detached to use as Floatation if on water landing? or does the plane carry its own Life rafts?
 
yeelep
Posts: 730
Joined: Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:53 pm

RE: Evacuation Slides

Sun Oct 21, 2012 2:04 am

If they are a slide/raft then yes they can. I've read in a earlier post that the 737 is the only in production A/B aircraft that doesn't have slide rafts avialible as at least an option. The 737 uses rafts installed in the aisle overhead. That said , the slide on a 737 could possibly be used as a flotation device by cutting it away from the girt bar. I haven't a clue how stable or how long it would stay inflated relative to a proper slide raft.

[Edited 2012-10-20 19:17:11]
 
User avatar
HAWK21M
Posts: 29978
Joined: Fri Jan 05, 2001 10:05 pm

RE: Evacuation Slides

Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:35 am

Depends on the type of slide attached,some can be detached post inflation and doubled up as a raft.
I may not win often, but I damn well never lose!!! ;)
 
Markhkg
Posts: 838
Joined: Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:13 pm

RE: Evacuation Slides

Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:07 am

Quoting yeelep (Reply 1):
That said , the slide on a 737 could possibly be used as a flotation device by cutting it away from the girt bar.

Evacuation slides (that are not side/rafts) can generally be easily detached to use as a flotation device without the need to cut the girt. For the 737 series it is simply a matter of lifting the girt flap and pulling the white separation handle. (Even though it is not a slide/raft, it still has this feature). The slide will remained attached via a mooring line that can be detached or cut.

You can see this illustrated in this safety card (it is not normally shown on most cards): http://cabinsafety.com/samples/airliners/73m.html

Many carriers will recommend to their crew to flip the flotation slide around since there is the center of the upside down slide is actually big enough to put passengers who need serious assistance (e.g. children) in it. The slide is actually pretty buoyant despite not being a slide/raft.

You can actually see a cabin crew training video here on the slide's (not slide/raft) ability to keep people afloat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ym-d8O6I8w
Release your seat-belts and get out! Leave everything!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: glen and 12 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos