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Airplane Tire Fire Fighting....

Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:01 am

A certain airline has been asking pilot applicants this question....

One of your main aircraft tires is on fire. How should you go about fighting this fire?

Points of interest include... should the pilot even attempt to fight this fire themselves? if they do, what kind of extinguisher should be used? what area of the tire should the extinguisher be pointed at?

Any other comments welcome.


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RE: Airplane Tire Fire Fighting....

Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:45 am

The answer is No. If a passanger flight, make sure everyone gets away from the plane, do not get anywhere near the tires or the plane itself and wait for the professional fire fighters to arrive. No loss of life is worth even trying....
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RE: Airplane Tire Fire Fighting....

Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:25 pm

The Pilots job is to Fly the Aircraft not Fire Fight.Leave that to the Experts.Top Priority is get the Aircraft Evacuated as fast as possible.
Keep people away from the Hot Wheel.
Normally Chemical Dry powder Fire Extinguisher is used.
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