View Full Version : Passenger opens exit door and deploys slide

7th Jul 2008, 14:07
FOXNews.com - Cops: Angry Passenger Uses Emergency Slide to Leave Plane - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,376858,00.html)

GEORGETOWN, Guyana Guyanese authorities say a first-class airline passenger was so angry at seeing economy passengers leave a jetliner before him that he yanked open an emergency hatch and slid down the chute.
Police spokesman Sealall Persaud says the Guyanese man identified as Satyanand Christopher appeared to be intoxicated after the Delta Airlines flight from New York.
Persaud said Sunday that local police arrested Christoper, who was quickly released on bail after the Friday incident.
Delta spokesman Junior Horatio says the U.S. carrier plans to file charges against the man for interfering with flight crew members.
How easy is this to do and how much does it cost to fix?

7th Jul 2008, 16:10
pretty easy to do but i would have thought the door would have been disarmed when on the ground? maybe some crew can let us know when they disarm doors on the ground.

very expencive to fix just like everything in aviation.

7th Jul 2008, 16:40
Here in South Africa where I fly we had a crew member activate a slide accidentally and it was about a US$4000 excersise. Besides the cost of the plane being grounded for a number of hours for refitment of the new slide etc...

7th Jul 2008, 16:50
pretty easy to do but i would have thought the door would have been disarmed when on the ground?

If he knew what he was doing then he could have armed it. Or perhaps he opened the door and manually operated the chute.

Good job (I assume) it was in an open area and didn't clobber anyone/anything when it activated.

7th Jul 2008, 16:55
It says he opend an emergency hatch, in which case it is permanently armed, the cabin crew cannot disarm it! That is an engineering function should it be necessary.

7th Jul 2008, 16:58
emergency exit(small overwing) stays armed all the times since it's not used on ground

7th Jul 2008, 17:10
But if he's in first class is he going to be near an over the wing exit?

7th Jul 2008, 17:28
Not hard to rearm a door. Remove pin, slide lever, open the latch/press the button and away you go. Hell, even my blonde sister can do it! :}

7th Jul 2008, 18:56
I understand your point with arming a door such like the airbus. However I think it would of been the B757 if it was Delta or B767 both of which I have been trained on. Which or harder to arm for normal pax.Unless he has pushed further up the aircraft to get to an exit. Think a photo and statement from him would help lol. :ugh:

7th Jul 2008, 21:56
Wouldnt it have been easier to push through the queue to maybe L2 than to push through the queue to L3 or whatever...you get me point lol :p