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Tupolev down in Surgut, Russia

Old 13th Jan 2011, 12:45
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Old model TU-154-B2 does not have INFLATED slides which are installed in new version TU-154M.
The fire brigade was awaiting for all PAX leaving the airplane (what they are saying).
PIC did not beleve the fire is real and delayed the evacuation (something like that -still no official info).
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 12:58
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Old model TU-154-B2 does not have INFLATED slides which are installed in new version TU-154M.
Wrong. Slide from 2nd door was not deployed because door was opened by pax who don't know how to open it (proofs from the witness pax on aviaforum.ru). Exits on the wings doesn't have slides. Tail exits was on fire, so deploing slides was prohibited.

PIC did not beleve the fire is real and delayed the evacuation (something like that -still no official info).
There is NO confirmation about that. Besides, two las rows was occuped by spare crew (8 person) who made a lot of evaquation task and without them, it is belived, fatality rate may be dozens.
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 14:08
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I'm not sure why it did not deploy when the exits first popped open about 2:18 into the video, but at 3:44 what appears to be an inflatable slide is visible at door 1L.
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The video seems to confirm that given that you have flame in the cabin, once a door is open you have to move fast due to the chimney effect. The problem is that passengers have no experience in rapid evacuations.

I've seen some cabin interiors where even the cabin roof was locally burned through far foward of a fire origin after the doors were opened, while no burn throughs existed anywhere else in the cabin.
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 16:50
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why it did not deploy when the exits first popped open about 2:18 into the video
There was a panic in the second saloon, paxes pushed FA through to the first saloon and door was open by inexperienced pax.

(From witness: "The the woman to the right of my wife tried to open the door, but was unable to do so (the lever is on the left side). My wife has asked a man with coat in hand, standing left, to help, since she herself was helding our small daughter. Although she was not sure that was he who opened the door. Once the door was open, they try to throw slip, but without success, so they packed it back to avoid interference.")
You can see her and the child at 3:10 at this video.
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Old 13th Jan 2011, 17:09
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Both Tu-154 B and M do not have automatically deploying slides as western airliners have. The slide should be manually taken out of the box, fixed in the doorway, thrown down, and then by pressing the handle its inflation should be activated.

In this case the stewardess was not able for quick decision of required evacuation, and tried to calm down the passengers and asked them to sit back on the seats, however, people from the back side of the plane pressed forward and soon the stewardess was swept far from the exit by the crowd. No one of passengers of course didn't know how to deploy the slide, and when it became really bad, they started jumping from the 3m height.

The slide from the first exit was deployed by the Flight Engineer.
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Old 18th Jan 2011, 13:25
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CCTV video, unedited

YouTube - Surgut Tu-154 on fire Cam-1

YouTube - Surgut Tu-154 on fire Cam-2
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Old 18th Jan 2011, 14:07
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Don't know about this particular model of Tu154, but flew one in China long time ago and was seated a long way aft on the port side. Next to me was the emergency exit, which was very close to the engine and in place of the window seat was a box containing the slide. The procedure said something like:
Remove emergency exit,
Open box containing slide.
Throw slide out.
Open gas cylinder to inflate slide.
Jump, sucker.
Found it amusing at the time.
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