Chutes on side of fire were opened for ventilation: MIAL
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 05, 2009, 18:11
  
Mumbai: Airport authorities on Saturday defended the decision to open chutes on the side of the fire in the Air India plane here yesterday, saying it was done to ensure ventilation in the aircraft.

The clarification by Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) came in the wake of criticism of the decision to open the chutes on the side of the fire exposing the passengers to hazard.

A MIAL spokesperson said the passengers were evacuated from the chutes on the other side of the Boeing 747-400 aircraft as per the standard practice.

"Chutes on the left side of the aircraft, where the fire occurred were opened by the firemen only after the evacuation process was fully completed to ensure ventilation and no passenger was trapped inside," the spokesperson told PTI here.

When fire was extinguished, two of the firemen went inside the aircraft to check if there was any person trapped inside, he said, adding jet fuel smoke and fume were noticed in the aircraft.

"They opened the left chutes to ensure ventilation in the aircraft," he said.

Air India had yesterday said that it was not correct to say that chutes on the side of fire were opened to evacuate the passengers against the standard practices.

Bureau Report


First Published: Saturday, September 05, 2009, 18:11


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