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September 11th, 2007

night vision plane evacuation

Hamburg, Germany, 26 March 2006. With only 8 of the 16 exits opened, the task for this evacuation certification was to get 853 passengers and 20 crew out of the plane within 90 seconds. This all happened in darkness, with only cabin emergency lights switched on. The footage is from night vision cameras. The crew and passengers did not know which exits would be blocked.

The regulations say that:

– 35% must be aged over 50,
– a minimum 40% must be female,
– 15% female and over 50.

Airbus A380. 873 people in 77 seconds.