I enjoy my job everyday, but what really scares me is fire on board. No matter where, but when there is a fire warning a F/A tells us it smells burnt, then I am scared indeed. I mean fire on board is deadly serious...
bj87 From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2314 times:
Quoting 330Guy (Thread starter): According to Lee it was just a precaution and the fire wasnt serious, id imagine any cockpit fire is VERY Serious
Quoting wilco737 (Reply 1): I enjoy my job everyday, but what really scares me is fire on board. No matter where, but when there is a fire warning a F/A tells us it smells burnt, then I am scared indeed. I mean fire on board is deadly serious...
Fire on a plane is one of the biggest problems you can have. Fire can take out critical flight control systems, cause an enormous amount of smoke in the cockpit that prevents the pilot from seeing the runway or his instruments. In the worst case the fire reaches a half empty fuel tank filled with fumes and then you will be meeting your favourite religious figure in person instantly.
One of the best known fire related crashes was the McDonnell Douglas MD11 Swissair 111 flight that had a fire on board and crashed. There were no survivors.
tommytoyz From Tonga, joined Jan 2007, 1353 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2265 times:
I was thinking about the fatal UPS 747F crash thinking if it would not have been better for the pilots to have ditched the 747 into the sea, rather than trying to make it back to an airport with smoke and heat in the cockpit from the fire and an eroding ability to control the plane with every minute. I'm sure that's not on any check list, but I can think of no other action that would have saved the lives on board.
When there is a fire, time is not on your side as so many accidents have shown.
330Guy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2209 times:
Yes fire is the one thing you dont want on board, Its one of the only scenarios I can think of where desperate measures need to be used. The SAA 747 comes to mind that had a fire in the cargo hold (Combi) and the crew decided to open the doors as the smoke got too thick.
If I was flying anything and had a fire.. espically over water.. I probably wouldnt care what the checklist said ditching at times can be the only option
(When I say dont care about the checklist I mean in a sense that if it was certian that an airport was too far away then id ditch and wouldnt think twice about it)