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Questions tagged [evacuation]

This tag can be used for procedures and processes of evacuations, and events leading to an evacuation of an aircraft.

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How do aisle lights show the direction to exits?

Lights in the aisle will guide you towards an exit. I've sat through a lot of safety briefings (for commercial scheduled passenger flights) and always found this sentence especially uninformative. ...
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Do commercial airlines have procedures for evacuating pets from the cabin in an emergency?

I recently got into an offsite discussion about flying with pets in the cabin and what would happen in an emergency on board. I brought up the fact that United Airlines' pet policy states, "In the ...
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Are engines automatically stopped in an emergency landing?

This answer made me wonder if engines are stopped automatically after an emergency landing as soon as one of the exit doors are opened. (...) if the engine is still running, you're about to run ...
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How are disabled passengers evacuated during emergency?

Basically the title. However, I would request if someone can throw some light on how FAA or the airlines train the crew to handle emergency evacuations with a disabled person on board. Are the ramps ...
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Is it a standard procedure to use emergency slides without imminent danger?

On 11 Jun 2017 Easyjet U23246 from Ljubljana to London Stansted diverted to Cologne-Bonn over a "suspicious conversation". All passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides, see BBC Video. ...
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Why evacuate upwind?

Evacuation procedures after a forced landing recommend directing passengers upwind of the aircraft. What is the reason why evacuating upwind is better than other directions?
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Why are lavatories located near the exits of an airplane?

Is there some scientific or technical reason to locate the lavatories near the plane exits? Wouldn't it create problems during evacuation, if the swing open doors gets unlatched etc on forced landing ...
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In what circumstances do passengers or flight attendants have to take their shoes off?

Three shoes-related facts: A passenger and a flight attendant in this Аэрофлот/Aeroflot aircraft have their shoes off or are ready to take them off: It's suggested that shoes are taken off for ...
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Do cabin evacuation tests include passengers with limited mobility?

When doing the evacuation drills to ensure people can leave the plane in 90 seconds, are they tested with disabled people, ones in wheelchairs or, like myself, people who have difficulties walking and ...
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How, typically, do passengers and crew behave in a real-life airliner evacuation?

Two parts to this: Do passengers tend to behave in ideal ways? How do the cabin crew behave? We know what's supposed to happen: the passengers are supposed to follow instructions, leave possessions ...
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Why evacuate wing at the front side after water landing?

When looking at the following Transavia B737 safety cards, I noticed that after a water landing, passengers who evacuate via the overwing exits should leave the wing at the front, while during ...
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How is the emergency exit row handled when there are no passengers aboard eligible to sit in an exit row seat?

Based on Roddy's question about nobody volunteering for the exit row, I can imagine a related but more extreme scenario: what if there are no passengers on the plane who are eligible for an exit row ...
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What are these little things on the evacuation slide?

I marked them with black circles. What are they for? Source (modified)
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Was this a successful deployment of an MD-88 tail cone evacuation slide?

In this video, the tail cone is popped off as part of the evacuation. It stays attached on a lanyard which seems to be more of a hazard than letting it fall free. Additionally, the slide doesn't ...
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Which evacuation incidents were followed by a large fire?

Are there statistics about how many Aircraft emergency evacuation incidents (land-based) in the recent past (say, last 10 years) actually were followed by significant fires? By "significant" I mean ...
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Aircraft Emergency Evacuation slide inflation system: Why is a mixture of CO2 & N2 used instead of pure N2?

I was intrigued knowing from this SE-Aviation post that modern, aircraft Emergency Evacuation-Slide inflation-cylinders are often filled with a CO2+N2 mixture. See here: Which gas is used to fill ...
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Why is the rear seat ejected before the front one?

On aircraft with 2 crew placed one in front of each other (tandem) equipped with ejection seats, the rear seat is ejected before the front one (described here for the F-14). Why is the rear seat ...
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How are evacuation tests made as realistic as possible?

I've seen the video of the A380 evacuation test and similar ones. While the fast evacuation is impressive, a criticism often heard (and read in the comments on YouTube) is that these people were ...
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What risks come from passengers taking baggage during emergency evacuation?

In recent news, the pilot of an aircraft that caught fire was chastising passengers for taking their luggage. What are the major concerns behind his criticism? I like to put this in context: All ...
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Is emergency floor lighting fluorescent?

I just read this question (about emergency lighting) for which nobody highlight the title mention fluorecence. As this lighting's requirements include operability with failure of normal electrical ...
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Is the emergency fluorescent floor lighting strip along the aisle an item on the MEL?

Was travelling on a Airbus A320 (night flight) and during the safety briefing noticed that the fluorescent floor lighting strip referred to in the evacuation instructions was totally absent. Both ...
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Can an armed door be opened from outside an airliner?

This is a continuation from this question, whereby it discussed the meaning and significance of an armed door. Now, is it possible to open an armed door from outside, for example, if for some reason ...
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Which gas is used to fill the evacuation slides of modern aircraft?

We have seen that after an emergency landing when the airplane needs to be evacuated promptly, evacuation slides get deployed immediately. I am not sure if normal air is being inflated in those slides ...
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Where is the safest seat in the plane?

If I'm going on holiday with my family on an airliner such as one of the ones listed on this page, then where is the safest place to sit? The answers to this question seem to imply that the seats at ...
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Are there US guidelines on how aviation is handled during an emergency situation? [closed]

Suppose that we find that a meteor is headed for, say, Dallas, TX, and it's too late to prevent the impact. The USA has 3 days to evacuate the area before the impact. The impact is one of the size of ...
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How does this test flight escape aparatus work?

I was watching this video about the test flight escape systems on a Bombardier flight. In the video, this machine is shown: The yellow box moves up and down in the video. Does it move up and flip the ...
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How often does evacuation happen as shown during the pre-flight safety videos/stewardess instructions?

I believe it is mandatory for airlines to provide passengers with information about evacuation in case of emergencies. However, pretty much every accident I've ever heard off either happens at the ...