|Quoting Yakflyer (Reply 35):|
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the picture was this is very likely an oxygen fire. It doesn't have to have canister O2 generators to have an oxygen fire that destroys the airplane. The Egypt Air 777 that was a hull loss was a fire in the copilot's O2 system which is fed by a bottle. In 1990 Delta lost a 727 in SLC do to an O2 leak. Because of the need for a pressure O2 system for the flight crew, I am not aware of any airliner that does not have a bottle O2 system for the cockpit. With a bottle system you have a highly pressurized system that can feed a fire for a relatively long time. A leak in the cockpit system is much more destructive than a canister fire which in it self is capable to destroy a plane as you pointed out.
lets not forget the value jet ooops in the everglades.....