From: email@example.com (RD Rick) Organization: Netcom Date: 07 Sep 96 17:09:05 References: 1 2
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In <airliners.1996.1749@ohare.Chicago.COM> firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >>Re: Engine fire extinguishers...do they exist? >>Could anyone tell me if there are any fire extinguishers mounted >>inside or close to the engines in modern airliners? If there are >>any - how do they work? Any special gas, different to those used >>in regular fire extinguishers? This thread brought back memory of an even about fifteen years ago. I was in jumpseat of a DC8-51 on a revenue flight on a third world airline. Two fire bottles indicated low pressure on our approach to an intermediate stopover. Upon landing I offered to help troubleshoot, which the captain accepted. A mech opened the access panels to the fire bottles near the leading edge of the wing, and verified two bottles had discharged. I observed that the leading edge of the wing was awfully hot, and mentioned it. To that, they went back to the cockpit and found the wing anti-ice lever still set to Open. The Captain had ordered anti-ice as we were passing through a minor cloud layer in our climb, and never ordered the engr to turn it off.. RD God is only second in command in some cockpits.