Event Details

Title:Loss of overwing slide, Boeing 747SP-100, N204 AE
Micro summary:This Boeing 747SP lost its overwing escape slide on approach.
Event Time:1996-08-24 at 1120 UTC
File Name:1996-08-24-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/C96/8/10
Site of event:Approach
Destination:London Heathrow Airport, London, England
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 747-SP-100
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):Middle East Airlines
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:During final approach to Runway 28R at London Heathrow Airport, the right 'off-wing' emergency escape slide deployed into the slipstream and was ripped from its fixings. The flight crew was unaware of the occurrence and the remainder of the approach and landing was accomplished without incident. After landing, a member of the cabin crew informed the commander that an unusual noise had been heard on the right side of the cabin during the approach. The flight engineer then checked his panel and found that the right off-wing escape slide compartment door warning light was illuminated. An external inspection revealed that the slide was missing and minor damage was found on the wing root fairing immediately aft of the slide compartment. The detached slide was later found, deflated, lying on the canopy of a petrol station forecourt some 3 miles from the runway threshold.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Maintenance
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
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