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Passengers fail to respond to cabin emergency

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Dave Noble

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Passengers on every major flight in Australia are told precisely what to do in an emergency, including what to do with the oxygen masks that drop from ceiling lockers.

But when it really happened on a flight over southern NSW in November last year, only half the passengers responded instantly and donned their masks, a report into the incident said today.
Full story at Passengers fail to respond to cabin emergency - Travel - smh.com.au

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"Stunned mullet" syndrome, perhaps? Natural selection at work in the cabin?

Would be fascinating to know if any very-FFs were among those who sat wide-eyed and watched the mask swinging in front of their faces!
 

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Funny how in the SMH artical they said it was not policy to name the airline yet they name VH-VBI as the aircraft and well i think without even looking it up who operates that aircraft, its mostly a red aircraft. Has Smurfette on the nose of the plane :)

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I think that's a good indication of the level of research this journo was prepared to do! The ATSB report doesn't state the operators name (none of them do) however a tiny amount of checking would have very easily revealed which airline operates VH-VBI (I'd have thought the VB would have been a giveaway).

Then again... if we can all recognise who operates said aircraft based on its rego, shouldn't an "aviation reporter" (I'd assume the journo was one) have been able to do the same :D
 

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People frequenting this board would probably also recognise that there aren't many operators of 737-7Q8 aircraft around!
 

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You would be surprised how many frequenters of this board, because they fly odd routes, odd airlines barely know what plane they are flying in often. I had an assumption that CX wasnt 747.... wrong assumption...
 

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danielribo said:
I think that's a good indication of the level of research this journo was prepared to do! The ATSB report doesn't state the operators name (none of them do) however a tiny amount of checking would have very easily revealed which airline operates VH-VBI (I'd have thought the VB would have been a giveaway)
Why on earth you would expect the journo to do any research? Reporting facts is not core business - selling newspapers is. Personally, can't trust anything I read in newspapers today. You only have to look at paragraph 2 ...

But when it really happened on a flight over southern NSW in November last year, only half ...
Date of incident according to ATSB report: 09 November 2005.
 

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To be fair, the journalist might have written this article last year and it is only been published now - so it is a case of a poor editor than anything else...
 

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To be fair, the journalist might have written this article last year and it is only been published now - so it is a case of a poor editor than anything else...
I think you are spot on for this one; late last year it wasn't considered interesting enough, but with recent events and political mileage to be had, trot the story out!
 

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Tooner said:
I think you are spot on for this one; late last year it wasn't considered interesting enough, but with recent events and political mileage to be had, trot the story out!
Yep hadn't thought of that, but makes sense. In fact also might explain why it added no value to identify the airline involved, as that might have meant the story wasn't as relevant to "recent events and political mileage".
 

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This bit is interesting. One of the issues with different aircraft type in a fleet, different ages and slightly different configurations. Wonder how widespread this issue is worldwide?

The cabin crew reported that they were not prepared for the amount of force needed to be applied on the lanyard to activate the system and that they were not aware of the flow indicator. The CS also reported that the oxygen mask fitted to the aircraft was different from those that they regularly used during the pre-takeoff safety briefing.
now of course to the pax:

For over half of the passengers to be prompted to put their masks on following the depressurisation, indicated that they may have been unprepared to deal with the emergency. A pre-takeoff safety briefing was mandated and served to prepare passengers for situations such as the one experienced in this occurrence.
Natural selection? Maybe. Or perhaps they were expecting to be told to put them on. Dunno really.


novacatz said:
To be fair, the journalist might have written this article last year and it is only been published now - so it is a case of a poor editor than anything else...
This is quite possible. ATSB release draft reports at various times, and then finalise them and publish them. From the draft report, this type of article is quite easily written.
Another possibility is that the ATSB notification alert that accompanied this report (emails are sent out and maybe faxes etc) had the incorrect year and the journo's didn't notice the discrepancy.
 
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