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Abstract This paper describes deficiencies in regard to the proper evacuation of aircraft Since the late 60s the airliners have been evacuating aircraft in the same manner they are today The old technology of evacuating aircraft needs to be updated in the areas of evacuation slides over-wing exits and passenger education It is known fact that many passengers are still alive after most survivable and minor accidents but end up perishing due to improper evacuation procedures The National transportation safety Board NTSB has conducted an extensive investigation to find out why minor accidents still have large fatality rates In the investigation the NTSB found nineteen different areas that need improvement such as training escape hatches crew communication and evacuation slides Hopefully in the future the FAA will raise their standards and sacrifice space in airliners for the safe evacuation of passengers Problems With Emergency Evacuation According to a 1999 article in TR News a publication of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council the airliner hull loss rate in the US is about one for every 2 million departures In contrast NTSB investigators found that emergency evacuations occur at an average rate of about one every 11 days or once for every 330000 departures The rate of emergency evacuations is nearly six times greater than wipeout crashes In other words most of the events involving emergency evacuations are short of the instantly catastrophic non-survivable category If a landing can be effected and the evacuation conducted promptly the chances for survival are
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