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Has a life rift ever been successfully deployed in the event of an air accident involving a commercial aircraft?

For the purposes of this question a "life raft" is an inflatable device designed specifically and only to be used as a life raft and normally stored inside the aircraft, not some multi-purpose or makeshift device.

Criteria for inclusion:

  • A commercial jet flight after 1945
  • Carrying paying passengers
  • Minimum aircraft capacity 50 people, although fewer may have been on-board at the time
  • Raft stored inside the aircraft prior to deployment
  • Raft designed for this purpose, i.e. not just something a passenger was randomly carrying
  • The raft actually worked as intended, i.e. people were able to float on the water in it and not drown

In short I'm asking about the rafts often seen stored away on commercial flights. The raft may have been used on rivers or the ocean.

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(Image source) A Boeing 737 ceiling compartment where such raft can be stored.

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  • $\begingroup$ huffpost.com/entry/mircale-water-landings-be_b_11969142 $\endgroup$ – abelenky Jun 17 at 13:53
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    $\begingroup$ Are you excluding the inflatable emergency exit slides that deploy from doorways and which are explicitly designed to detach and function as life-rafts? $\endgroup$ – RedGrittyBrick Jun 17 at 14:32
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    $\begingroup$ @RedGrittyBrick yes $\endgroup$ – user Jun 17 at 15:12
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    $\begingroup$ Just to save other folks some time: the rafts used during the "Miracle on the Hudson" appear to have been the inflatable emergency exit slides. $\endgroup$ – Michael Seifert Jun 17 at 21:41
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    $\begingroup$ And those do not count?? $\endgroup$ – Harper Jun 17 at 21:49
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Passengers used rafts to get off the plane; news.com.au

Miami Air Flight 293 (3 May 2019)

More than 140 passengers have managed to escape from a plane crash as a Boeing 737 jet slipped off a runway and into a river. (news.com.au)

There is a list on Wikipedia for water landings, not counting non-jet and not counting overruns, and by checking photos, it seems none used cabin-storable-rafts. The accident shown and linked above is a runway overrun (although it was not excluded from the criteria listed).

This article also confirms the rafts came from inside:

Eric and the pilot wrestled one of the six life rafts out the forward cabin door, down the evacuation chute [i.e., slide] and into the water.

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    $\begingroup$ @user: 90 pounds give or take. $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Jun 17 at 15:15
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    $\begingroup$ US pounds are the same as UK pounds I think, so about 40kg. Not quite as bad as I expected for the size. $\endgroup$ – user Jun 17 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ @MichaelSeifert: A chartered flight is still commercial, just like a scheduled flight. (Different regulations in USA, but both are commercial – for hire.) $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Jun 17 at 22:09
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    $\begingroup$ Good this question hadn't been asked two months ago! :) $\endgroup$ – Pavel Jun 18 at 6:48
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    $\begingroup$ @Pavel the beauty of stackexchange is that even if it had, someone could post a new answer after the Miami Air accident and get full credit for doing so. $\endgroup$ – Dan Neely Jun 18 at 12:43

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