Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
The ignition of the oxygen canisters was spontaneous, from what I remember reading in the reports. It was reported that if the canisters had been empty, there would have been no way for them to ignite.
Stlbham From United States of America, joined May 1999, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1078 times:
Also to add to what was said, I dont think sabretech put safety caps on each of the canasters to prevent them from spontaneously combusting. The chemical reaction required to make the oxygen causes the canister to become extremely hot which of course unfortunatly caused the fire to bring down Valu Jet 592.
ValujetDC-9 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1061 times:
They were not supposed to be shipped on the plane full, But they were packaged in the wrong box dislabeled & packed on the plane, When the plane was taxiing one of the generators activated itself & got to temperatures up to 500 degrees By the time it lifted off the runway the cargo deck was already burning, but they did not have a fire alarm so the pilots had no way of knowing, as they lifted off, smoke started to come throgh the back tail exit & into the cabin, This is what you would refer to as a "Smoking Flight " but anyway it started to burn the back moving to the front & from then on I don't know the rest except it crashed in the florida Everglades 45 seconds--2 minutes after takeoff. from then on all smoke detectors had to be tested before flight takeoff... there now you know JACK SCHITT