Aviation safety issues and actions

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
Transport function: Aviation: Air transport
Background: Investigation Report AO-2008-053
Issue release date: 22 November 2010
Current issue status: Adequately addressed
Issue status justification:

Training material has been enhanced.

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 number: AO-2008-053-NSA-093
Action organisation: Qantas Airways
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 comment:

Last update 04 February 2014