Oops – another airline has had an embarrassing case of ‘accidental slide deployment!’ The incident appears to have taken place on the evening of August 1st at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in Australia and involves an Emirates Boeing 777-300ER.
Details of the accidental slide-deployment
A post on Twitter surfaced from user ‘Mike’ with handle @Seymoresky. The post includes an image of a Boeing 777-300ER with its passenger door open and an inflated slide, crumpled up against a jetway.
While the photo itself does not clearly identify the airline, the Twitter user’s caption says that the picture involves an Emirates aircraft in SYD – otherwise known as Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport.
This will become more common the with increased cargo-only pax flights happen & perhaps crew out of practice for so long…Emirates in SYD pic.twitter.com/VWla12rHw6
— Mike (@Seymoresky) August 2, 2020
As the post was made public at 04:10 UTC on August 2nd, it is highly probable that this incident involves incoming Emirates flight EK414, which would have arrived at approximately 21:35 local time the night before (August 1st). As the photo appears to have been taken at night or early in the morning, this would also support our theory.
If this were indeed the flight and time of the incident, then the aircraft involved would be A6-EPX, according to FlightRadar24.com. Data from Airfleets.net indicates that this aircraft is a 3.6-year-old Boeing 777-300ER configured to have 356 seats in a three-class