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Wide-body Life Raft (questions)

Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:39 pm

Hey everyone,

I know that emergency slides can be used as life rafts, as was the case with the A320 in the Hudson.

I was wondering if anyone would know how many of these slides are on a typical A330 or 767. Are they the only things used as life rafts, or are there other rafts available should a "water landing" occur? I was watching the Mayday episode on the Air Transat A330 that came close to doing a forced water ditching and I was trying to imagine how they'd leave that aircraft / float until helped arrived (assuming they would still be intact, like the US Airways). Are they enough for a full load of passengers?

Personal flotation devices will keep you afloat, but that won't do much good in the North Atlantic. Maybe to keep your frozen body from sinking. without a raft you'd probably die of hypothermia pretty quickly.

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RE: Wide-body Life Raft (questions)

Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:58 pm

Quoting vio (Thread starter):
Are they the only things used as life rafts, or are there other rafts available should a "water landing" occur?

I would guess it depends on the operator, though many safety cards show just the slides being used as rafts
 
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RE: Wide-body Life Raft (questions)

Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:39 pm

Depends on how a given aircraft is used. A 767 doing transatlantic will be better equipped slide/raft wise than a 767 in US domestic service. Naturally there are exceptions....
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RE: Wide-body Life Raft (questions)

Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:43 pm

Quoting Stitch (Reply 1):
I would guess it depends on the operator, though many safety cards show just the slides being used as rafts

Yeah, that's what I remember, just the slides & of course the personal flotation devices (life jackets)

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 2):
Depends on how a given aircraft is used. A 767 doing transatlantic will be better equipped slide/raft wise than a 767 in US domestic service. Naturally there are exceptions....

I mean Trans-Atlantic / Trans Pacific.
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RE: Wide-body Life Raft (questions)

Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:59 pm

Quoting vio (Thread starter):

I know that emergency slides can be used as life rafts, as was the case with the A320 in the Hudson.

Not all airliners have detachable slide rafts; it is a customer option on the A320 series, and is not an option at all on the 737. They are only included standard on widebody aircraft, and formerly on the 757.
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