Sunday, March 06, 2016

Bomb scare on AI flight, pilot uses chutes to evacuate flyers

New Delhi: The heightened terror alert sounded in the country saw air travellers being evacuated from an aircraft using escape chutes after Air India got a bomb threat for a Delhi-Goa flight on Sunday.
"The pilot deployed the four emergency chutes and the 89 passengers on board were immediately evacuated from the aircraft. The captain did not want to waste time on passenger evacuation thorough the regular way near the terminal," said an AI official.
Every aircraft has an escape slide attached to each door. In the event of an emergency evacuation, these chutes are deployed-inflated with bottled nitrogen to become like a slide to the ground-and passengers are made to alight by sliding on it. This was possibly the first time that flyers were evacuated through chute due to a bomb threat.
The aircraft was later checked and the bomb call proved to be another false scare. But since the emergency chutes had been deployed, the aircraft had to be grounded in Goa for almost eight hours as it could not have taken off without them being restored.
06/03/16 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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