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Cabin Fire Smoke

Fri May 17, 2013 1:54 am

Hi, I was reading an article on South African Airways flight 295 in which a fire had broken out in the cargo hold on board. The whole plane fills with smoke and everyone on board has difficulty breathing. One of the crew members opened a cabin door to let the smoke out.


Is this standard emergency procedure?
I know that deploying oxygen masks won't help in a situation like this.
 
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RE: Cabin Fire Smoke

Fri May 17, 2013 1:46 pm

Once the smoke source has been found, or in some cases even when not found, a "Smoke Evacuation" procedure is done. It varies by aircraft type, but I have heard that in the B747, a part of that procedure is slightly opening the rear two passenger doors L5 and R5, after the cabin is depressurised, to allow smoke to clear.

In the case you mention, the SAA B747, the aircraft was in a combi configuration, so I assume it would be the two rear most doors that are accessable to F/A's.
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