RoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 10568 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 4500 times:
Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 1): How can smoke from forest fires enter the a/c? I'm guessing the intakes.
Yes airplanes recycle the air constantly with fresh outside air. Since this flight was at night, they probably had no idea that they were flying through smoke. Smoke in the cockpit can be very dangerous. It's the only sign of danger that happened early enough to do something on Swissair 111 when it crashed before it could make an emergency landing. It's good that the crew was being safe.
If you have never designed an airplane part before, let the real designers do the work!
LongHauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 5719 posts, RR: 43
Reply 4, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4314 times:
If you look at historical data on in flight smoke and fires; you will see that on average from the time the flight crew smells smoke until the time they lose control of the aircraft, approximately 14 minutes have passed. That's right, only 14 minutes.
So when you smell smoke in the cockpit, even if you are 95% sure it is externally caused ... you land!
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!