July 2015 Issue

In-Flight Fires

How you cope with one depends on its source, but an emergency descent and landing should be in your immediate future.

Combustion requires an appropriate fuel and an ignition source, plus air. When were airborne, we have lots and lots of air available, some of it moving quite fast, enabling and perhaps worsening a fire. Depending on the source, location and intensity of an in-flight fire, it can have catastrophic effects on the airframe, engine(s), electrical system and, of course, the occupants. So, its not much of a stretch for us to say an in-flight fire is one thing all pilots should respect.

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