Passengers fail to respond to cabin emergency

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  1. Dave Noble

    Dave Noble Senior Member

    Oct 10, 2005
    From smh

    Full story at Passengers fail to respond to cabin emergency - Travel -


  2. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

    Jun 30, 2002
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    And a link to the ATSB report.

  3. "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!
  4. Evan

    Evan Established Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    SIN / MEL
    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 :)

  5. N860CR

    N860CR Established Member

    Nov 30, 2004
    Brisbane & Sydney
    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
  6. oz_mark

    oz_mark Enthusiast

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

    simongr Enthusiast

    Jul 10, 2006
    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...
  8. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

    Jul 1, 2002
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    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 ...

    Date of incident according to ATSB report: 09 November 2005.
  9. novacatz

    novacatz Junior Member

    Mar 29, 2006
    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...
  10. Tooner

    Tooner Active Member

    Nov 7, 2006
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    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!
  11. bigjobs

    bigjobs Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    this is pretty standard stuff from human beings during emergencies/disasters. the psychology of human beings during these disasters/emergencies etc is fascinating stuff. if anyone is interested a good book is called 'Deep Survival: Who lives, who dies and why'
  12. dajop

    dajop Senior Member

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    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".
  13. Mal

    Mal Enthusiast

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    #13 Mal, Feb 7, 2007
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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?

    now of course to the pax:

    Natural selection? Maybe. Or perhaps they were expecting to be told to put them on. Dunno really.

    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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