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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233130
Last updated: 20 May 2020
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Date:15-FEB-2020
Time:morning
Type:Silhouette image of generic B744 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-41R
Owner/operator:Virgin Atlantic Airways
Registration: G-VAST
C/n / msn: 28757/1117
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Manchester International Airport, Ringway, Manchester -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Destination airport:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO)
Narrative:
On 15 February 2020, a Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-41R (G-VAST "Lady Bird") was parked at Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC) and about to load catering supplies for flight VS75 from Manchester, United Kingdom to Orlando, United States. As one of the aircraft’s doors wasn’t properly disarmed (or possibly a malfunction of the door’s slide system), the emergency slide was activated. The slide also hit the catering truck that was parked beside the aircraft, which punctured the slide, making it necessary to replace the entire emergency slide and its associated mechanisms.

No injuries were reported, and it is thought that there were no passengers or crew on board at the time of the above incident. The aircraft finally departed to Orlando with a delay of 6 hours and 16 minutes.

Sources:

1. https://www.aviation24.be/airlines/virgin-atlantic/six-hours-delay-after-inadvertent-emergency-slide-deployment-boeing-747/
2. https://www.airlive.net/incident-a-virgin-atlantic-boeing-747-400-emergency-slide-was-accidentally-deployed-at-manchester-airport/
3. https://simpleflying.com/virgin-atlantic-747-slide-deployment/
4. https://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-b747-28757.htm
5. https://www.radarbox24.com/news/incident-a-virgin-atlantic-boeing-747-400-emergency-slide-was-accidentally-deployed-at-manchester-airport
6. http://newsinflight.com/2020/02/16/a-door-on-virgin-atlantic-boeing-747-400-was-not-properly-disarmed/
7. http://mikesaviation.co.uk/news/incident-a-virgin-atlantic-boeing-747-400-emergency-slide-was-accidentally-deployed-at-manchester-airport
8. https://www.facebook.com/MikesAviation/posts/2942044482495286
9. https://flywith.virginatlantic.com/gb/en/on-the-flight/cabin-and-seats/meet-our-fleet/boeing-747s.html


Images:

Photo of G-VAST courtesy AirHistory.net


Glasgow - International (EGPF / GLA)
21 September 2019; (c) David Unsworth

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Feb-2020 13:32 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Feb-2020 13:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Feb-2020 13:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Feb-2020 13:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]
21-Feb-2020 20:34 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
20-May-2020 17:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
20-May-2020 17:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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