Accidents on airliners occur about once every fifty flights. So we are dealing with a serious issue that affects people’s lives. Nevertheless, all that is required to prevent accidents is the establishment of a system for training pilots on procedures for evacuating passengers from an aircraft in a simultaneous descent situation.
An accident that occurs at any time has serious repercussions that can leave a lasting impression. Flight crew have survived, with severe injuries, after a crash occurs. However, many times these pilots still had to abandon the aircraft. In many cases, it took several hours and no one survived because it took that long for aircraft personnel to evacuate the passengers in the order required by law.
The reality is that many times emergency evacuation is not carried out properly and the number of passengers who die in the crash is much higher than the number of survivors. The result of these accidents is often more passengers remain on board because they were not evacuated in a timely manner.
This is where the passenger evacuation procedure for an aircraft could play a huge role in saving lives. Airlines should establish a proper evacuation procedure. It is true that many times a plane is flying into cloudy weather conditions and it is very difficult to spot potential hazards.
Often a captain’s instructions to maintain altitude and stay low to have little effect on passengers who are standing close to the rear of the aircraft. On the other hand, it is true that a captain’s instructions to avoid turbulence in turbulent weather and instructing passengers to evacuate from an aircraft in time order could make a huge difference.
The passenger evacuation procedure should be determined by the importance of the flight, the likelihood of turbulence and the nature of the aircraft. There should be a plan that states how many passengers should be evacuated in a specific order. The time it takes to evacuate passengers and the time it takes to pick up passengers should be specified as well.
There should also be a detailed procedure that describes exactly what happens after the procedure has been followed. The most important thing is that everyone knows the requirements and procedures. Then there is little room for error and people may think they have missed something vital.
Some people do not like the idea of evacuation procedures. Yet we live in a world where natural disasters happen every day. It is important to set the standard that each person is able to reach a safety zone quickly when a plane is being evacuated.
Evacuation routes should be in a place where the crowd is dense and there is minimal time lost because of traffic. These areas may be on the ground or above the ground. In many airports, the terminal building is used as an evacuation area.
Generally aircraft operators are able to perform these tasks for themselves. Many times a captain of a larger aircraft has the expertise and resources to set up the system and take care of the rest. This could save valuable time and valuable lives.
When there is inadequate public response to a major incident, the result is a big loss of life. Since so many lives are on the line, there must be a standard that aircraft operators can follow. It is time for airlines to step up to the plate and put safety first.
Time is critical and it is only when adequate public response is present that a large loss of life is averted. It is time for airliners to develop a passenger evacuation procedure that can effectively save lives and reduce risk.