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Aircraft Accidents Involving Fire
A look at how aircraft fires complicate the reporting and investigating of accidents.
# 149149 | 2,309 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 27, 2011 in Chemistry (General) , Aviation, Aeronautics (General)

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The paper looks at the federal and privates agencies that are charged with investigating aircraft crashes and discusses how investigators have a limited time period to compile a report. The paper explains the chemistry of fire, identifies the factors that investigators must learn and take into consideration in determining the cause of a crash and shows how fire is a deadly factor in accident investigation, whether it be the cause of the accident or a result from the accident. The paper emphasizes that understanding fire chemistry can help save more lives from fires in aircraft accidents. This paper contains a figure.

Federal Agencies
Accident Reports
Fires and Airplane Accidents
Aircraft Fires and Fire Chemistry
The Chemistry of Fire
What Investigators Need to Know

From the Paper:

"In recent months there have been several major airplane incidents involving both commercial airplanes and military aircraft. One of the most infamous airplane accidents came in the beginning of the year when US Airways Flight 1549 an Airbus A320 landed in the Hudson River shortly after take off. In this instance all 155 passengers survived and there was no fire.
"However other aircraft accidents have been far more tragic in recent years. For instance, February of 2009 a Colgan Air flight involving a Bombardier DHC-8 airplane crashed when the de-icing mechanism either failed or was not properly implemented. In this case the crash resulted in a fire and killed all 54 passengers and one person on the ground (Wald & Robbin, 2009). The fire did pose some issues for investigators attempting to determine the cause of the crash. One of the primary reasons why fires pose a problem is because of the time required to reconstruct the scene of the crash. First fire fights and first responders must look for survivors and attempt to extinguish the fire as quickly as possible. This is particularly true when a crash occurs in a residential area. In some cases it can take a great deal of time to such a fire under control."

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  • Moore, M.T. McCoy, K., Levin A. and Hampson R. (2009) Retrieved June 6 2008 from; Landing hailed as 'Miracle on the Hudson,' probe begins. USA TODAY

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