Date: 07 Aug 99 01:22:26 From: email@example.com (William Mac Gree) Organization: SkyPoint Communications, Inc. Followups: 1
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There is still much oppositions to the ETOPS diversion time extension. I'm quite amazed because I used rely heavily on ETOPS flights and it has proved to be quite safe up to 180 minutes. Many opponents argue about the number of engines, which is quite ridiculous since the most significant risk is fire rather than the engine failing. That's why a single argument has really impressed me and made me a little more unwilling: the cargo aircraft's lack of fire suppression systems ! I didn't think about it before but now it's clear that, in the case of federal Express flight 1406 in september 1996, its close proximity to an airport at which it could make an emergency landing was critical to saving the lives of its crew and jumpseat riders when a fire broke out in the aircraft's main cargo deck while it was 200 miles from its destination.