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I want to ask if an overwing exit slide in an Airbus A320 can be opened at all when landing or ditching. Is the exit still usable? Or it is blocked and we have to move the passenger to another one?

And in ditching is the water level one of the reasons why it will not be opened and the reason the exit is blocked? If it was the case, why to consider the primary exit in ditching is the over wing exit? If it is deployed we will not use it in ditching.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's always possible that a door becomes blocked during a landing and that other doors must be used instead. That said, your title and question are a bit confusing and somewhat contradictory. The "Miracle on the Hudson" clearly shows passengers using the wing exits after a ditching, however they did not use the exit slide. Which are you asking about? Also, rising water levels (from holes in the fuselage and from someone opening a rear door) did cause the rear exits to be unusable. A little more clarity will help give a better answer. $\endgroup$ – FreeMan Oct 24 '19 at 14:36
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    $\begingroup$ Related: Why did the US Airways Flight 1549 passengers stay on the wings? $\endgroup$ – fooot Oct 24 '19 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ Let me clarify , our trainer said that in ditching or landing if the overwing slide did't deployed ( if it did not came up from the fuselage at all ) then the exit must be blocked and we have to direct passengers to another exit , and I am not convinced of that , that is the case I am asking about ... is it blocked in this case or not ? ... I saw many videos about ditching and the water level is covering the fuselage where the slide is stored and maybe that is why it doesn't open ... if the water covering the container then It can't be opened why did she said that we have to block the exit? $\endgroup$ – San Oct 26 '19 at 10:02
  • $\begingroup$ And if it is the case of water level preventing the deployment of the slide then we should use the exit not blocking it , right ? Because in ditching we don't use the slide and the primary exits are the over wing' exits , right ? $\endgroup$ – San Oct 26 '19 at 10:08

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