Don’t Bring Bags in Emergency Evacuation, Canada Tells Flyers

Jul 12, 2018

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Back in January, a WestJet Flight 2425 evacuation was poorly executed after a collision occurred with a Sunwing jet at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Passengers reaching for their carry-on luggage held up the deplaning, and now Canada’s Transportation Safety Board is reminding passengers to evacuate without bags in case of emergency.

The Sunwing aircraft was being towed when it crashed into the WestJet plane that was waiting for an arrival gate with 169 passengers and six crew on board. The collision sparked a fireball near the point of impact.

That’s when the WestJet plane was evacuated and ground crew pulled the Sunwing aircraft away. According to the Transportation Safety Board, some passengers escaped through the emergency exit and onto the wing before instruction was given. Once it was, flight attendants told passengers to refrain from bringing carry-on luggage with them, but the Safety Board said that, “despite these instructions, numerous passengers brought carry-on baggage with them, which slowed down the evacuation process.”

Altogether, the evacuation took two minutes and 23 seconds from the time the captain made the evacuation call.

In its recent report about the incident, the Transportation Safety Board is calling for more explicit instruction against taking luggage during evacuation during safety briefings. Here’s what they said:

“The Board believes that passenger safety briefings that instruct passengers not to bring their carry-on bags with them during an emergency evacuation would complement any existing measures to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of an emergency evacuation. Therefore, the Board recommended that the Department of Transport require that passenger safety briefings include clear direction to leave all carry-on baggage behind during an evacuation.”

Two people involved had minor injuries in the process of deplaning: one flight attendant from the WestJet aircraft and one technician from the Sunwing plane.

H/T: The Star

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