“Cabin crew, prepare for landing, disarm your doors and crosscheck.” Dramatic photos have emerged showing what happened on a recent, very rare, occasion when flight attendants on a British Airways flight forgot to carry out those orders.
After the plane landed and docked at the airbridge, cabin crew opened the plane door – only for the emergency escape slide to deploy with a loud “pop” and block the exit.
A Twitter user with the handle @Toughmutter posted these images of the emergency slide gone horribly wrong at an airport boarding ramp.
The plane is believed to be a British Airways B787 Dreamliner.
When the pilot or chief flight steward gives cabin crew the instruction “disarm your doors and crosscheck” the disarming prevents the escape slide from inflating and deploying. When armed, a slide will automatically deploy the instant its door is opened from the inside, as did the one in the pictures. Disarmed, the slide needs to be deployed manually.
Crosscheck is a generic term used by pilots and flight attendants meaning that one crewmember has verified the task of another.
In the dramatic case pictured, “the flight attendant didn’t disarm the door before opening, and the second flight attendant didn’t crosscheck her, so both are to blame,” @Toughmutter told Britain’s Daily Telegraph.
“If the door had been opened from the outside, the slide would not have blown,” @Toughmutter said. “Since the attendant opened the door from the inside, the slide was activated.”
Written by Peter Needham