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Flights13.02.2014 18:39

How many times we heard about fire on board of some aircraft. But detailed this theme covering only on aviation specialists courses.

 

Il-76 on fire

 

Il-76 on fire

 

What is it – fire on board?

Fire – is the most dangerous situation in flight due to incredibly rapid development.

According to statistics, crew has about 15 minutes to land aircraft in case of fire. I.e. plane will crash without competent and timely crew’s actions.  

There are three factors causing fire onboard:

  1. External factor (birdstrike, lightning, etc.);
  2. Technical factors (electrical system problem, short-circuit, etc);
  3. Human factor (crew error, passenger’s fault, technical staff error).

Fire may result in:

  • Engine failure;
  • Depressurization;
  • Poor readability due to oxygen masks.

We have only 3 types of fire on board:

  • Engine fire
  • Fire in the cabin or cockpit
  • Hidden fire

Hidden fire is the most dangerous. Hidden fire resulted in SwissAir Flight111 crash.

 

SwissAir 111 Memorial

 

SwissAir 111 Memorial

 

Normally, pilot will declare emergency situation in case of fire on board and he will be provided with necessary assistance by air traffic controllers, technical staff and emergency services.

In most cases, fire on board does not results in people death. This is the result of good training of staff.

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