Emirates Boeing 777 Slide Accidentally Deployed In Sydney

Emirates B777 was involved in an inadvertent slide deployment incident. Photo: Mike

An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER was involved in an ‘inadvertent slide deployment’ incident at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport on the evening of 1st August in Sydney, Australia.

An image of the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER shared on the internet displayed its passenger door open and an inflated slide, crumpled up against a jetway. Emirates confirmed the incident saying:

“Emirates can confirm that EK2608 had a technical issue where L1 slide deployed inadvertently. The aircraft was operating as cargo only from Sydney to Dubai Airport.”

The aircraft was operating cargo only flight. Photo: Emirates

According to reports, the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER performing flight EK414 from Dubai was probably involved in the incident on the evening of August 1st. 

The aircraft involved was a 3.7 years old Boeing 777-300ER with registration A6-EPX. The aircraft was delivered to Emirates back in December 2016 and is configured in three-class configuration with eight first class seats, 42 business class seats and 306 economy class seats.

After performing the return flight from Sydney to Dubai on 2nd August, the aircraft performed flight EK215 from Dubai to Los Angeles the following day.

Slide deployment can be a matter of life or death. Photo: Emirates

During departure, when a commercial aircraft pushes back from the gate, all passengers hear the familiar onboard announcement: “Flight attendants, arm doors.” Sometimes passengers can also hear “Arm doors and cross-check,” or “prepare doors for departure/arrival.”

Similarly, a flight attendant’s second-most important duty is disarming the aircraft door upon arrival. This is where errors occasionally occur. 

Slide deployment incidents are rare in the aviation incident. Photo: Getty

Although arming an aircraft door is as simple as sliding a lever or inserting a metal bar into brackets, it’s arguably the most important duty of any cabin crew crew member. It can be a matter of life or death.

All the cabin crew members receive Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification to work on a variety of aircraft. For example, I’m qualified to arm/disarm doors on the Boeing 737, 747, 767, 777 and the Airbus 320, 330, 350 and 380.

The Airbus door arming/disarming procedures are similar, but the Boeing procedures vary. Some of the aircraft require the flight attendant to insert or remove a bar into or out of floor brackets. Other aircraft require a lever to be pushed left or right.

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The flight attendants are responsible for such type of incident. Photo: Emirates

An Inadvertent Slide Deployment (ISD) happens when the flight attendant becomes distracted and opens the door in the “armed” mode. Sometimes it also happens when the attendant signals to the agent that the door is disarmed when it isn’t, and the agent opens the door.

An unintentional slide deployment can injure employees and cost the airline thousands of dollars. Such incidents are rare, but they occur at every airline.

Single ISD can cost thousand to the airlines. Photo: Getty

According to the International Air Transport Association a single ISD can cause flight cancellation and the cost for compensation, hotel accommodation, meals etc. can reach up to hundreds of thousand dollar.

As of Emirates case, the aircraft was performing cargo-only flight. The incident could have happened due to as a result of out-of-practice crew during this pandemic period.

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