Recently, an Emirates Airbus A380 emergency slide opened and swelled while the plane was parked at the gate. The accident occurred at Manchester Airport (MAN). The cause of the accident is unknown. From the photos taken inside the station, it appears that only one chip was posted. The slide was attached to one of the outlets connected to a jet bridge. It is unclear when the slide was deployed, whether it was before, after, or during the jet-bridge attachment.
It is likely that the accident was accidental, as there have been no reported issues with the aircraft or the recent flight.
Simple Flying has contacted Emirates Airlines for more details regarding the incident. The airline responded with the following:
“Emirates flight EK022 from Manchester to Dubai, scheduled to depart on 19 December at 08:50 am (Manchester time), has been delayed due to a technical issue. The affected passengers are being offered assistance, and will be reaccommodated onto a replacement aircraft. Depart from Manchester on 20 December at 06:00 am. Emirates Airlines apologizes for the inconvenience caused. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance.”
In May 2020, a Nordwind Airlines Boeing 777 experienced a similar situation where an emergency slide was deployed at an airport. The accident occurred in Lisbon, at Humberto Delgado Airport, Portugal. The plane was parked at the gate when the glider inflated. The unexpected spread damaged one of the doors. Rather than fix the problem, the maintenance crews grounded the plane.
It is not entirely clear if any of the maintenance or cabin crew knew that the door was damaged after the sliding problem was fixed. However, the problem appeared shortly after the plane took off, leaving the LIS behind. While climbing to the specified flight level, the pilots noticed that the cabin failed to pressurize. Instead of diverting, they chose to decompress and fly low.
Flight number NWS9902, operating a Boeing 777-200 registered VQ-BJA, was scheduled to fly between LIS and Moscow, Russia. The aircraft traveled at an altitude of 10,000 above sea level on a cruise for the duration of the flight. Along the flight path, the pilots followed a fairly standard route to Moscow with some modifications. These modifications were likely made to maintain a large distance between the low-flying aircraft and the ground. The flight landed in Moscow safely. There were no reports of any injuries related to this incident.
It is not clear what caused the accident or what the risks of a slide spreading at the gate were, but what is clear is that the subsequent damage posed a great danger to all on board the flight. Airplanes use cabin pressure systems to ensure the safety of passengers and crew on board.
The primary safety hazard during high-altitude flying is hypoxia. When the plane climbs to a higher altitude, the oxygen molecules in the air are farther apart because the air is less dense, which means that each breath taken carries less oxygen to the brain. It is considered unsafe for an aircraft to fly above 14,000 feet without supplemental oxygen supplied in pressurized systems. In this case, the pilots chose to stay at 10,000 feet because that is the point at which they are tasked to fly if they lose cabin pressure.
The decision to continue the flight at a lower altitude is curious, as most airlines prefer their pilots to divert to a nearby airport when a problem is detected. It is not clear if the Emirates A380 could have been damaged by the chipset deployment similar to the 777.
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- IATA / ICAO Code:
- Estonian kroner / United Arab Emirates
- Airline type:
- full service carrier
- Dubai international airport
- Year Founded:
- Executive Director:
- Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
- The United Arab Emirates
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