What special survival supplies (if any) do planes the fly the polar route carry in the event of a crash in the frozen North? Also, would a rescue be possible even if the plane came down something like intact, and with survivors?
Please hold cannibal jokes until later in the thread.
As I understand it, there are no special provisions. The airliners that fly the Arctic Circle don’t have any special thermal clothing for hypothermia or carry any special provisions different than airliners that don’t fly in the Arctic Circle. So if an airplane ditched in Alaska, the passengers and crew might be frozen dead before long.
(At least, I had asked this exact same question elsewhere, and that’s what I was told.)