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    Life Line

    The life line can assist in evacuation in a ditching.  You would not use the lifeline for an overland evacuation.  If you think about why the lifeline is there, it is for the evacuee to hold onto so they can make their way safely through the overwing exit and along the wing to the liferaft.  In a ditching, the wing will be wet and waves may make the wing unstable - and you need get into the liferaft without falling of the wing and getting wet if at all possible.

    Therefore, you will find the lifeline near the overwing emergency exit.  There is not point in putting it anywhere else!

    This picture shows the lifeline stowage on a Flacon 2000.  It is situated under the seat by the emergency overwing exit where it is readily accessible during a ditching and evacuation.

    To use, first launch the liferaft, so you don't get it tangled in the lifeline or (even worse) puncture the liferaft on the pin!  Next, take the lifeline from its stowage.  One end may already be attached to the interior of the aircraft, but if it isn't then one end of the lifeline will have an attachment to enable you to do this - DO THIS FIRST!  If you don't, you will nothing to hold onto as you climb on to the wet wing!.  The other end will have a pip-pin which you have to attach to the wing.  If you look through your overwing exit, you will see an attachment point marked 'Lifeline' - this is the place you push the pip-pin in to.

    This photo shows the pip-pin end and the wing attachment point. Ensure both ends of the lifeline are attached before using it!

    Here is the picture from the Falcon 2000 Safety Card showing the use of the lifeline.

     You can see how the lifeline is fixed to the wing once the life raft has been inflated.  The next picture shows the full sequence of events, however in the very last picture in the sequence the life line seems to have disappeared!

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