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Cabin crew understanding of shallow descent angle

Issue number: AO-2008-053-SI-04
Who it affects: Operators of pressurised passenger transport aircraft.
Issue owner: Qantas Airways
Operation affected: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-053
Date: 22 November 2010

Safety issue description

Some cabin crew-members did not have an appropriate understanding of the aircraft's emergency descent profile, leading to misapprehensions regarding the significance of the situation.

Proactive Action

Action organisation: Qantas Airways
Action number: AO-2008-053-NSA-093
Date: 22 November 2010
Action status: Closed
The operator advised the ATSB that material used during emergency procedures training has been enhanced to improve awareness of likely emergency descent profiles.

ATSB response:

Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Status justification:

Training material has been enhanced.

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Last update 04 February 2014