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Smoke Related Emergeny Evactuations

Wed Apr 18, 2001 6:44 pm

Are the "smoke in the cabin" related emergency evacuations that took place on a KLM 767 and a Sri Lankan Airlines A330 normal practice or extra precautionary measures taken after the Saudia Tristar fire in 1979 in which more than 300 people were killed due to unneccessary delays and mistakes by the cockpit crew even though the aircraft had landed safely on the ground Confused
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RE: Smoke Related Emergeny Evactuations

Wed Apr 18, 2001 6:50 pm

I also want to know what measures are taken now onboard aircraft which are inflight and there is a case of smoke/fire detection, considering the procedures followed on SR111 also led to disaster.Do a/c land at the nearest airport with full load of fuel Confused
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RE: Smoke Related Emergeny Evactuations

Wed Apr 18, 2001 8:03 pm

Procedures vary from airline to airline, but the final decision always rests with the pilot in command. If he has reason to believe that there is an actual fire on board, an immediate descent, landing and evacuation is called for. If there is reason to believe that the smoke is from an alternate source, dumping fuel and other standard procedures come into play. Every situation is different and it is very easy to play monday morning quarterback with the benefit of hindsight.
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