What aircraft maintenance team does to ensure passenger safety?
The concerns about cabin safety does not begin and end with pre-flight safety demonstration. There are many safety equipment on-board aircraft which are crucial in an emergency. Airlines pre-flight safety checklist is quite long, from life vest & vest box, oxygen masks, escape slide among other necessary equipment.
Aircraft Pressure and Oxygen mask
Aircrafts hover above 30,000 feet, where the atmospheric pressure is just about 1/4th of the atmospheric pressure at sea level. The lack of pressure will lead to difficulty in breathing and if unattended, may even result in death in less than a minute. To avoid such a situation, aircrafts pump air into the aircraft to maintain the interior pressure at a comfortable level for passengers. However, depressurization can still occur due to the malfunctioning of the ventilation system or through leaks in the hull. When the aircraft’s sensors detect such decrease in pressure, breathing equipment (oxygen mask) is triggered to drop automatically in front of the passenger.
As part of the safety equipment on-board, all aircrafts have life vests used in emergency situations involving landing on water. Life vests are generally kept under the passenger seat. It does not deter an enthusiastic passenger from adding the life vest to his ‘Collections’. Periodic checking is carried out on these life vests to ensure availability and condition.
Other important life saving devices
An aircraft’s lifesaving equipment is not just limited to life vest and an oxygen mask. Some of them are Halon fire extinguisher, which is a non-conducting, a gaseous fire extinguisher that does not leave a residue upon evaporation, smoke hoods that protect against smoke inhalation, crash axe for access during emergency to inaccessible parts of the airplane such as behind electrical panels, the emergency radio beacon which is used to alert search and rescue team.
Alongside First Aid kit, there is also an Emergency Medical Kit containing essential medical supplies in the event of life-threatening medical emergency.
For people suffering from sudden cardiac arrest, a lightweight, portable device checks the heart rhythm and send a shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm. Fireproof gloves and full-face oxygen mask are some of the other devices.
Emergency Descent Device allows pilots and crew members to descend safely on the tarmac during an on-ground emergency situation when ramps or stairs are unavailable. Portable Emergency Location Transmitter, Supplemental survival kit and polar kit, Child Restraint system, Escape slide, Reservoir assembly and bracket for PBE are some of the other devices on an aircraft, while life rafts are used during emergency water landing.
While airports and airlines have state of the art systems for the prevention of carrying dangerous goods by passengers or crew, the long list of pre-flight inspections is manual, time-consuming and not 100% efficient. There is a visibility gap in the effectiveness of the safety check, as the manual approach of pre-flight safety audit does not effectively demonstrate, as proof of carrying out the audit in compliance with the safety policy. Human screening is also not error-free.
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