A380 sails through its evacuation drill

The final hurdle for the air certification of the A380 was sailed through yesterday. The CAA and FAA require that 650 passengers can be evacuated in 90s with half the emergency exits closed. Airbus managed 852 passengers and 20 crew in 80 seconds. The spread was 30% over the age of 50 and 45% women with 3 carry-on babies (represented by dummies).
32 people were injured and one person broke a leg. That's about average for these checks.


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