From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 08 Jan 96 01:37:27 Followups: 1
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In the case of Tower Air, the crew supposedly decided that an evacuation was not necessary since fire did not errupt immediately after the crash and they could wait inside the plane instead of evacuating. QUESTION: in the event of an incident such as the Tower Air (fully fueled, and probably leaking due to engine damage), if fire does not erupt immediatly, is it safe to assume that it will not erupt at all ? QUESTION: in the event of an incident such as Tower Air, is it safe to use any of the plane's electrical systems (intercoms, lights etc) after it has been decided to stay indoors ? Or must FA and pilots use portable equipment such as walki-talky and megaphones ? QUESTION: Assuming that in such an incident , the pilots would not have survived, would he plane's systems (engines, APU, generators etc) automatically shutdown or would they continue to operate if they were not damaged ? QUESTION: In such an incident, I assume that some doors would have had to be opened to provide fresh air while the whole plane was waiting for the airstairs to arrive. How long can a fully loaded 747 go without any ventilation and all doors closed ? When when they do open doors for ventilation, would they deploy the slides, or disarm the mechanism ? In the later case, if a door is opened without the slide, if slide needs to be deployed, does this require that door be closed, mechanism armed and then door re-opened ?