[jhb_airlines] Re: Lights out

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 17:06:04 +0100

I forget the accident that triggered this change although I can recall some
of the reasons for the rules being revised. It was an overrun accident on
landing which, despite structural break up, most passengers had managed to
exit the aircraft. There were more passengers injured running away from the
aircraft than in the accident - mainly by colliding with ground objects they
couldn't see in the dark (enhanced by a state of panic).

A number of passengers ran down a gully and got stopped by a wire fence.
They couldn't get away from this and, tragically, they got trapped by
escaping fuel also running down the slope.

The investigation was puzzled by so many deaths/injuries and concluded that
the passengers were unable to see properly because of the rapid change from
a bright cabin to almost pitch black outside. Tests showed that lowered
cabin illumination increased the ability of the eyes to acclimatise to night
conditions substantially and so the lowered cabin lighting became a
statutory requirement for arrival and departure.

The aisle lighting was brought in around the same time - partly to guide
passengers in a dimmed cabin but also to assist exit from smoke filled
aircraft. This because you are told to get as low as possible in smoke
filled areas and should crawl to the exits..


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[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kev Townsend
Sent: 17 August 2005 12:26
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Lights out

Night Vision.
I always believed that the passenger cabin lights are dimmed so that your
iris is open wider, so that in the event of incident, with total loss of
light, evacuation would be those few seconds quicker! Less groping around
getting in peoples way when seconds count.
Cockpit lighting is dimmed for the same reason, this is why most switches
are illuminated and less iris adjustment is required from the pilots when
throwing focus between inside and outside the cockpit at night.


At 11:30 8/17/2005, you wrote:
>"Light pollution" it often gets called. I thought of that one, and
>assumed that the wings (the only reflective surface visible from inside
>the aircraft) were so far aft of the cockpit that it wouldn't be a
>problem, so discounted it, but then i thought about reflection off
>cloud. It might be that that is more significant.

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