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|Local Time Of Day||1201 To 1800|
|Locale Reference||airport : zzz.airport|
|Altitude||agl single value : 0|
|Controlling Facilities||tower : zzz.tower|
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||MD-80 Series (DC-9-80) Undifferentiated or Other Model|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 121|
|Flight Phase||ground : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
|Qualification||flight attendant : currently qualified|
flight attendant aircraft qualified on : 4
|Experience||flight attendant time airline total : 5|
flight attendant time total : 5
flight attendant time type : 2.5
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other other : 1|
|Resolutory Action||aircraft : evacuated|
flight crew : declared emergency
Flight took off and landed uneventful. After welcome announcement was made and short taxi; aircraft stopped to wait for traffic. Passenger started ringing call button one after another. Grey-white smoke started to appear and get thicker. It appeared to me that it was coming from the middle of the aircraft. I rang the captain to inform of issue. #1 flight attendant had already made contact with captain. I stood on hold for a few seconds. Saw the cockpit door being opened. Captain said he wanted to see the smoke. I hung up. In the meantime; #4 flight attendant and I attempted to see what or where the smoke was coming from without venturing far from our doors. We checked lavs and galley. Could not find source or any fire. It was coming too quickly and choking us. Smoke was getting very thick at this point. We were walking and talking around in it. The smoke was very dry and it smelled electrical. It tasted and smelled much like crushed up chalk. It was not black like fire. The cabin was filling up very quickly and my breathing was short. I could see the panic in the faces of our many passenger. They were staring at me wondering what to do. I was starting to cough and wanted to evacuate; but I could still hear the engines rumbling beside me. During this time; the captain and first officer were in the process of their checklist. I heard the engines cease followed by 'evacuate/evacuation' 3 times; no exits were mentioned. I opened my door and the slide jettsioned without a hitch. I dropped the strap and began evacuating my last row and so on and so forth. We had at least three or four elderly passenger that did a great job getting out. Many passenger wanted to bring carry-on seriously worried about their connections! In shock; I guess; or just oblivious to the fact that this was an emergency. The traffic to the doors was constant. The people were great and cooperative; as if they had done this before! No pushing or chaos; until almost everyone was off. There was a short bottleneck of the last people trying to exit the forward doors. People grabbing carry on held up the flow. We redirected towards the back. I ran up to passenger and insisted they leave carry on and exit immediately. Cabin then was clear. #4 flight attendant and I checked lavs for passenger and then exited out the tail cone exit. We helped gather up passenger and direct towards the terminal; which was very close by. Authorities were already present and controling crowd. Everyone was quickly gathered up and brought into the terminal.callback conversation with reporter revealed the following information: reporter stated that hydraulic fluid had entered the air conditioning pack; causing a grey smoke in the cabin. The first person to exit on fwd left slide was injured with cuts and broken toe. The slide seemed shorter than all other slides.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: MD80 CREW EXECUTED AN EMER EVACUATION AFTER LNDG BECAUSE OF WHITE SMOKE IN THE CABIN CAUSED BY HYDRAULIC FLUID ENTERING AN AIR CONDITIONING PACK.
Narrative: FLT TOOK OFF AND LANDED UNEVENTFUL. AFTER WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE AND SHORT TAXI; ACFT STOPPED TO WAIT FOR TFC. PAX STARTED RINGING CALL BUTTON ONE AFTER ANOTHER. GREY-WHITE SMOKE STARTED TO APPEAR AND GET THICKER. IT APPEARED TO ME THAT IT WAS COMING FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE ACFT. I RANG THE CAPT TO INFORM OF ISSUE. #1 FLT ATTENDANT HAD ALREADY MADE CONTACT WITH CAPT. I STOOD ON HOLD FOR A FEW SECONDS. SAW THE COCKPIT DOOR BEING OPENED. CAPT SAID HE WANTED TO SEE THE SMOKE. I HUNG UP. IN THE MEANTIME; #4 FLT ATTENDANT AND I ATTEMPTED TO SEE WHAT OR WHERE THE SMOKE WAS COMING FROM WITHOUT VENTURING FAR FROM OUR DOORS. WE CHKED LAVS AND GALLEY. COULD NOT FIND SOURCE OR ANY FIRE. IT WAS COMING TOO QUICKLY AND CHOKING US. SMOKE WAS GETTING VERY THICK AT THIS POINT. WE WERE WALKING AND TALKING AROUND IN IT. THE SMOKE WAS VERY DRY AND IT SMELLED ELECTRICAL. IT TASTED AND SMELLED MUCH LIKE CRUSHED UP CHALK. IT WAS NOT BLACK LIKE FIRE. THE CABIN WAS FILLING UP VERY QUICKLY AND MY BREATHING WAS SHORT. I COULD SEE THE PANIC IN THE FACES OF OUR MANY PAX. THEY WERE STARING AT ME WONDERING WHAT TO DO. I WAS STARTING TO COUGH AND WANTED TO EVACUATE; BUT I COULD STILL HEAR THE ENGS RUMBLING BESIDE ME. DURING THIS TIME; THE CAPT AND FO WERE IN THE PROCESS OF THEIR CHKLIST. I HEARD THE ENGS CEASE FOLLOWED BY 'EVAC' 3 TIMES; NO EXITS WERE MENTIONED. I OPENED MY DOOR AND THE SLIDE JETTSIONED WITHOUT A HITCH. I DROPPED THE STRAP AND BEGAN EVACUATING MY LAST ROW AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. WE HAD AT LEAST THREE OR FOUR ELDERLY PAX THAT DID A GREAT JOB GETTING OUT. MANY PAX WANTED TO BRING CARRY-ON SERIOUSLY WORRIED ABOUT THEIR CONNECTIONS! IN SHOCK; I GUESS; OR JUST OBLIVIOUS TO THE FACT THAT THIS WAS AN EMER. THE TFC TO THE DOORS WAS CONSTANT. THE PEOPLE WERE GREAT AND COOPERATIVE; AS IF THEY HAD DONE THIS BEFORE! NO PUSHING OR CHAOS; UNTIL ALMOST EVERYONE WAS OFF. THERE WAS A SHORT BOTTLENECK OF THE LAST PEOPLE TRYING TO EXIT THE FORWARD DOORS. PEOPLE GRABBING CARRY ON HELD UP THE FLOW. WE REDIRECTED TOWARDS THE BACK. I RAN UP TO PAX AND INSISTED THEY LEAVE CARRY ON AND EXIT IMMEDIATELY. CABIN THEN WAS CLEAR. #4 FLT ATTENDANT AND I CHKED LAVS FOR PAX AND THEN EXITED OUT THE TAIL CONE EXIT. WE HELPED GATHER UP PAX AND DIRECT TOWARDS THE TERMINAL; WHICH WAS VERY CLOSE BY. AUTHORITIES WERE ALREADY PRESENT AND CTLING CROWD. EVERYONE WAS QUICKLY GATHERED UP AND BROUGHT INTO THE TERMINAL.CALLBACK CONVERSATION WITH RPTR REVEALED THE FOLLOWING INFO: RPTR STATED THAT HYDRAULIC FLUID HAD ENTERED THE AIR CONDITIONING PACK; CAUSING A GREY SMOKE IN THE CABIN. THE FIRST PERSON TO EXIT ON FWD L SLIDE WAS INJURED WITH CUTS AND BROKEN TOE. THE SLIDE SEEMED SHORTER THAN ALL OTHER SLIDES.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of January 2009 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.