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Why evacuate wing at the front side after water landing?

When I worked as a flight attendant back in the 80's we were told that water landings frequently resulted in very damaged trailing edges to the wings. Flaps and spoilers will most likely have been ...
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Why evacuate upwind?

There are two problems linked to the wind after accidents: Inflating the slides. Running away from the aircraft when on the ground @DavidRicherby listed the reasons related to running away upwind to ...
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Why evacuate upwind?

If there is a fire, any smoke and flames will blow downwind. If there is a fuel leak, the fuel vapours will be blown downwind, risking a fire or explosion there and potentially making it hard to ...
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Why did the US Airways Flight 1549 passengers stay on the wings?

Because they were told to evacuate there, if you take a look at the official audio transcript from the accident: place both arms through the straps and hug it to your chest. flight attendants ...
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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?

In such an extreme case, the row would be unoccupied. Nothing says that the row has to have people in it; I've had flights with under a dozen passengers, and if everybody had seats up front, the row ...
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In what circumstances do passengers or flight attendants have to take their shoes off?

Passengers are usually asked to remove their high-heeled shoes during an emergency evacuation as they may damage the slide. In other cases, it is better to leave the shoes on during emergency as once ...
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Why did the US Airways Flight 1549 passengers stay on the wings?

Per the accident report from the NTSB, only the four exit slides (two at the forward doors and two at the aft doors) could be used as rafts, as the aircraft was configured for extended overwater ...
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Why are the 737's rear doors unusable in a water landing?

The bottom of the door opening sits too close to, or below, the water line when the airplane is floating.
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Would a passenger on an airliner in an emergency be forced to evacuate?

This is an extremely hypothetical sort of situation, since most rational people are very easily persuaded to follow flight attendant commands and leave a distressed aircraft. In the moment, the ...
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Why are the 737's rear doors unusable in a water landing?

It all goes back to how the aircraft is designed; the ways different planes float vary. when the 737 ditches on water the tail-section of the plane is deeper in the water than front of it, because the ...
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What and where are "flotation seat cushions"?

It became something of a meme: In the unlikely event of a water landing, your seat cushion can be used as a flotation device. You remove your seat cushion and hold the straps on the back as a ...
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Do airliners have any cockpit indication of open doors?

The Airbus A320 has an ECAM (Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitor) Door Page: (A320 FCOM - Doors - Controls and Indicators) When a door is opened, this will also trigger a caution. According to ...
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Do commercial airlines have procedures for evacuating pets from the cabin in an emergency?

There are no policies because pets are technically cargo/baggage as you note in the question, and treated as such. In other words in case of an emergency evacuating the passengers is a priority and as ...
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Are engines automatically stopped in an emergency landing?

I guess a lot of the emergency landings are because of engine failure so they aren't running anymore. That is not correct - there are many types of emergency landings: inoperative or stuck control ...
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Why evacuate wing at the front side after water landing?

An answer that I once received from a flight attendant (I don't remember the airline or plane model, it was long ago) was that in the event of a water landing passengers would be able to assist each ...
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How are disabled passengers evacuated during emergency?

You can find the full text of the FAA's recommendations in this AC But the flight attendant is responsible for discussing with them whats best. ASSISTING DISABLED PERSONS. The handicapped person ...
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Why are doors 3-left and 3-right not available during water evacuation in an A330?

It depends on the type of door that is installed at position 3L and 3R. Airbus offers the A330 with a type 1 door, which is a smaller emergency exit door, and optionally with a full type A door. Only ...
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Do cabin evacuation tests include passengers with limited mobility?

As @mins said in the comments, the 90 seconds is a limit for a evacuation test. Having equal test requirements means that all planes have a minimum, similar evacuation capability. That said, the ...
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Why are lavatories located near the exits of an airplane?

There could be numerous reasons, Putting them near the galley centralizes non seat related things. It also allows you to run less piping as you can pump the same water to the sink in the lav as you ...
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Are overwing exits still useable if the flaps can’t be lowered?

The 737 doesn't have any special procedure for such a case. It would be the Captain's decision to use or not use the overwing exits. Factors such as the usability of other exits, the nature of the ...
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What and where are "flotation seat cushions"?

To add to fooot's answer, emergency equipment required on aircraft varies based on the routes the aircraft will take. In the most extreme case, if the aircraft will be performing Extended Over-water ...
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How do aisle lights show the direction to exits?

In the typical safety briefing, there is normally a statement to look around you to locate the nearest exits and a reminder that it may be behind you. If you did that, you'll know whether to go ...
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Why evacuate wing at the front side after water landing?

For comparison, here's a picture I've taken of an emergency card onboard an Airbus A319. Slides from the wings are deployed after emergency landings both on land and on water. I guess the slides have ...
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Why evacuate wing at the front side after water landing?

Additionally to @PJnoes answer, I spot that the path to the front of the wing is dangerously close to the (possibly hot) engines. That's less likely an issue when they are immerged into cooling water ...
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Why evacuate wing at the front side after water landing?

It all depends on the design of the exits as well as how the aircraft floats in the water prior to succumbing. It may have been determined that it would be easier for people to deplane at the leading ...
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Where is the safest seat in the plane?

As the wonderful Aviation After-Dinner speaker David Gunson used to say, "You should always sit at the back as no aircraft had yet been known to reverse into a mountain." This was, of course, before ...
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Would a passenger on an airliner in an emergency be forced to evacuate?

The problem is the same as those civilian "holdouts" who refuse to evacuate a combat zone. This person is a huge burden to others, diverting resources needed elsewhere; worst of all ...
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