SomebodyInTLS wrote:AA100 wrote:I can't help but wonder if the decision to delay and not evacuate was partly down to image.
They landed with known engine issues and fire crews at the ready... while taxiing, and knowing the fire crews were nearby, there's a flashover and flames appear... they come to a halt, start shutting down and running through checklists - while remaining in contact with the fire chief and airport tower... meanwhile fire crews have already arrived, doused the ground and are attacking the blaze... within moments, the fire is brought under control.
At what point in this rapid series of events would they have decided to evacuate - let alone have the luxury to discuss considerations of corporate image?!?
I imagine they were only just ready to *start* assessing go/no-go of evacuation when the flames were practically out - and during that time the fire chief was probably advising to hold since the situation wasn't deteriorating.
Then based on your series of events... I think that the crew were slow to react?! There was raging fire... unless a call from either the captain or fire crew said don't evacuate yet... they were too slow. If you look at events like CX780 or the BA Las Vegas flight - an even more similar situation - evacuation was ordered almost as soon as fire was seen - because fire spreads quickly. Which is why my 'image' question came up because the captain may have decided to 'wait and see' if the fire could be put out before evacuating. I my mind, wait and see is not good enough.
If I had been at a window seat on the side of the fire, I would have certainly got up and stood in the aisle to await evacuation orders... rather than try and scramble over 2 other people to exit.