Date: 08 Jan 2000 13:39:09 From: JF Mezei <email@example.com> References: 1 2 Followups: 1
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Someone asked whether there was any accident where ogygen generators/supply would have save lives. In the summer of 1999, that small plane with the famous golfer is perhaps an example. While the true cause may never be known, assuming proper behaviour by pilots, they were not able to don the oxygen masks in time. But such incidents are rare, aren't they ? Have they ever considered changing the whole "oxygen" thing with just ample supply of clean air ? Should there be a fire/smoke in the cabin, by stopping the cabin ventilation system and just feeding air through such masks, would this not provide the passengers with breathable air and would this not leave the fire with less oxygen to burn/survive ? (or at least slow it down). In other words, don't recycle any cabin air, and feed passengers only fresh air from outside through a mask, at a pressure similar to what the individual air vents would supply. Since it was shown that in most accidents, passengers die from smoke inhalation, shouldn't that be more of a priority than to provide a few minutes' worth of oxygen during a descent ?