Re: All-Cargo aircraft's lack of fire suppression systems!

Date:         16 Aug 99 19:02:51 
From: (STeveC01e)
Organization: AOL
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> the cargo aircraft's lack of fire suppression systems !

   Huh?  FedEx aircraft do have a fire suppression system.  But it is only for
the Hazardous cargo Containers(Haz-Cans) only.  There are portable fire bottles
that are hooked to the Haz-cans and the flight crew manually actives them.  The
cargo decks have a fire detection.
   All of this is changing since recent Flight 800.

>  in the case of
>federal Express flight 1406 in september 1996,
>. . . . when a fire broke out in
>the aircraft's main cargo deck.

   True.  The fire originated on the main cargo deck, towards the aft end of
the aircraft.  After landing safely, the emergency crew could not figure out
how to enter the aircraft with all the containers in the way.  For some reason
they did not know to cut a hole in the fuselage.  When they were informed that
this flight carried hazardous material, they exited the aircraft and waited for
haz team.  After 45 minutes, the fire burned through the fuselage and the tail
section broke off.
   The hazardous material turned out to be contaminated blood products.  The
suspected source of the fire was a medical equipment that supposedly was not
properly purged of flamable fuels.
   But the flight crew carried out their emergency procedures and saved the
aircraft just to watch it burn on the ground.

Steve Cole