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Air China 777 diverts to Anadyr,,,but...

Old 5th Mar 2019, 22:47
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Air China 777 diverts to Anadyr,,,but...

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It seems PAX are being stranded at Anadyr after almost 24 hours.
Air China 77W B-2040 operating CA983 from PEK to LAX diverted to Anadyr in the Russian Far East due to a cargo fire indication.
The evacuation proved dangerous and did not go as planned as the slides were blown out of position from the aircraft due to high wind gusts.

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Old 5th Mar 2019, 23:33
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Video of the evac from one of the articles linked above:

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Old 6th Mar 2019, 00:10
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Were is the Fire brigade?
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 00:41
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Reported no injuries (at least not for now and pax are on the way to LAX with replacement 777). One thing however comes to a question - I am not anywhere deep into certification requirements but I would expect escape slides to serve the purpose within the winds at or exceeding the max demonstrated crosswind for landing... Anyone have a METAR at the time of landing (sounds like it is a rare occasion when posting METAR is relevant)?
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 00:45
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Without confirmed smoke/fire/burning smell from a lower compartment, I wouldn't be initiating an evacuation after just a warning indication.
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 00:55
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Where are the ABPs? When I was an FA with NW, we were instructed, if evacuation was possible/imminent, to ask for able-bodied passengers to assist. IIRC, the ABPs would go out first, would hold down the slide and would grab the people's hands to slow their momentum/stand them up just before they hit the end of the slide.
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 01:47
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I've seen this phenom before. An Eastern DC8-51into KJFK right MLG wouldn't lock down. On a low flypast I saw the gear sway inboard as the plane banked. Crash and rescue including NYC Fire marshaled and waiting. I was in the Fire Chief's car and we chased him down the runway as he landed. The RMLG walked inboard and he skidded on nbr 4 engine. As he stopped fuel was puddled under it and it caught fire. Three crash trucks arrived in seconds and the engine disappeared under a mountain of foam.
Meanwhile, the cabin crew popped the port side chutes and out they came. Of course they are pretty limp as they start and a very stiff crosswind blew all of them under the fuselage. All useless. F?A's up there stared down in horror. I ran up to the aft door and screamed up to abort the evacuation - I went forward and did the same at every door telling them there was no further danger of fire. The DC-8 was a tall aircraft for its day. If they had jumped there would have been serious consequences with broken bones for sure and maybe fatal. I don't think many people have ever stopped an evacuation of a large aircraft but I have. Of course it was a peculiar situation with crash crews/trucks/fire department too.
I have often thought of the situation and wondered what would have happened if it was a "NO-PRE-WARNING" situation and the number four engine fire had spread no one downstairs -on the ramp, no one to try to pull the chutes out properly - I can tell you it would have been hard - the chutes, once inflated are big - very stiff and with the wind we had that day been real beasts to pull out straight. True, with all the rescue folks we had that day I could have organized it but there was no point in putting the pax at risk of injury which often occurs in using the slides. I was the only person from the airline there at that moment - Iwas also an officer in a Volunteer Fire Company so I could evaluate the situation. Still, I keep on thinking of the real emergency situation and no one there to immediately help - fire and rescue 4 or five minutes away - not good. Never heard any comments on my action from Company or authorities
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Old 6th Mar 2019, 10:55
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I suspect Anadyr aerodrome and RFF does not have thermal imaging cameras available for there crew or on fire tenders?

Having said that, perhaps now is a clear reason Boeing instruct you to "try" stop the jet into wind. . ( for a fire warning)
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