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Atlas Air Plane Emergency Escape Slide Hits House in Phoenix

A private Atlas Air plane’s emergency escape slide detached mid-air and fell on the top of a house in Mesa, Arizona, Phoenix, on March 30th.

The Boeing 767, heading to Sky Harbor Airport, Phoenix, was mid-air when the crew was told that the emergency slide over the right wing had deployed.

The plane landed safely, whereas the house suffered minor damage.

The incident is under investigation.

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Jet Airways Passenger Opens Emergency Exit Door ‘Just For Fun’

Jet AirwaysA passenger aboard Jet Airways flight 9W 585 opened the plane’s emergency exit just after landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India, on January 24.

According to a Jet Airways spokesperson, “A guest, who travelled from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai by Jet Airways flight 9W 585, opened the emergency exit after the aircraft had parked at the bay at the Mumbai airport. The matter was reported to the security agencies.”

The passenger, who apparently told the crew members that he opened the emergency exit door “just for fun”, was escorted to a local police station by security forces.

Local media identified him as Steve Titschler, of Germany.

Chinese Passenger Pulls Open Emergency Exit for ‘Fresh Air’

Xiamen airlinesA passenger aboard Xiamen Airlines Flight MF8453 opened the emergency exit door, just when the plane was preparing to take off from Hangzhou in Zhejiang province of China, on December 21.

The Chengdu-bound plane was just about to move to the runway when the man pulled open the door, hoping to get ‘some fresh air’. The flight crew immediately closed the door, instructed him not to touch anything and moved him to a seat farther from the emergency exit. The flight departed as per the schedule.

The man was not punished. The authorities said the 50-year-old man did not mean any harm; he was a first time air-traveler and mistook the exit door for a window.

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Emergency Slide Unit Fell Off Midair; Thomas Cook Flight Makes Emergency Landing

Thomas CookThomas Cook flight TCX1638 had to return and make an emergency landing at Gatwick airport in West Sussex, UK, on October 31.

The Boeing 757-3CQ departed from the airport at around 9 a.m. and was heading to Hurghada, Egypt, when its emergency slide unit fell off. The pilot was then instructed to turn back and land at Gatwick.

The flight landed safely and all 237 passengers remained unharmed. The passengers were shifted to another flight.

It is believed that the emergency slide fell near the border of Kent and East Sussex. The local police were informed and they sent search teams to spot the unit.

Thomas Cook and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are investigating.

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UA Flight 1463 Makes Emergency Landing in Wichita

new-united-logoUnited Airlines flight 1463 en route from Chicago to John Wayne Airport, Los Angeles, made a safe emergency landing at Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas, just after 10:30 p.m. on June 29.

A spokesman with the FAA said that an emergency evacuation slide of the Boeing 737-700 opened up in midair. According to reports, the plane dropped from 38,000 ft. to 11,000 ft. in just 12 minutes due to a loss in cabin pressure.

The plane landed safely and the United Airlines confirmed that all 96 passengers and 5 crew members aboard remained unhurt.

Passengers remained seated for about an hour before disembarking. They were taken to their destination on an alternate flight.

United Airline’s maintenance crew is checking the plane to determine the cause.

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Jet Blue Flight Pins Attendant

On Nov 20, 2013, a JetBlue Embraer ERJ-190 to Boston from Fort Myers diverted to Orlando when an emergency slide emitted a loud bang, and deployed itself in the front galley of the plane.

There were four crew aboard and seventy-three passengers aboard flight B6-1266 who set out for Boston and ended up in Orlando. Passengers were evacuated in Orlando and transferred to a plane that didn’t have an emergency slide in the front galley pinning a flight attendant to the wall.

The flight attendant did not suffocate, but was assisted in freeing his head, apparently.

Montreal Airport Fire

A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 767-36NER, Flight 206 from Casablanca, Morocco, had touched down at 4:30 p.m.. While the plane was being loaded, the belt loader caught fire.

Two hundred fifty passengers evacuated by slide. Several were injured in the evacuation, and seven suffered smoke inhalation, five of whom were hospitalized. The plane is out of service.

The fire in the belt located by the jet’s cargo door was reported at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport at 4:47 pm on Nov 4, 2013.

An investigation is underway.

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