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@ canucklad – 10/09/2015 10:31 BST

I guess the imperative here is to open as many doors as possible to expedite the evacuation process. Since the emergency arose whilst the aircraft was accelerating into a presumed headwind, then the fire and smoke would have been blown away from the forward doors once the aircraft had stopped. The clear guidance about not using the over-wing exits for such an emergency would have been followed.

I always keep my shoes on until after take-off, to avoid risk of foot injury (notably the heel) if an event occurred that required evacuation via the escape slides. Some airlines (e.g. SIA) do not hand out flight socks in J/F class until after take-off, presumably for this very reason. I wonder how widely this practice is followed?

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