Date: 31 Dec 99 02:09:40 From: "P. Wezeman" <email@example.com> Organization: The University of Iowa Followups: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
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Following the ValueJet fire and crash in Florida there was an article published in a magazine, it might have been the Atlantic Monthly, in which the author stated that at any given time there was a maximum atainable level of safety in aviation. There was a point of diminishing returns in adding safety features and equipment, since the safety equipment could itself malfunction, as had happened in the case of the ValueJet. The author also stated that emergency oxygen systems on airliners had never saved a single life. Is this true? Any counterexamples? I know of at least three explosive decompressions where most of the passengers survived: the DC-10 where the cargo door blew out over Canada, the Aloha Air 737 where the top of the forward fuselage came off, and the 747 that lost a cargo door over the Pacific. Did oxygen systems help in any of these cases? thank you, Peter Wezeman, anti-social Darwinist "Carpe Cyprinidae"