posted on Jun, 1 2009 @ 11:27 AM
reply to post by putiplot
Human error could be somewhat of a factor (usually during some sort of air disaster there are multiple scenarios and events that take place to cause
them...sometimes not) but more likely these days its not.
The crew would only being doing that one leg before a mandatory 72 hour layover period for international flying and even during that period they have
plenty of "rest" periods. Its regional flying (a la last month's Colgan Air disaster) that it what you have to worry about when it comes to
It is sooo very highly unlikely it was just lightning that caused this. It has happened in the past though; for example Pan Am Flight 214:
Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707-121 registered as N709PA, was a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Baltimore to Philadelphia, which crashed on
December 8, 1963 near Elkton, Maryland, after being hit by a lightning strike while in a holding pattern, killing all 81 persons on board
But to the best of my knowledge such a fuel leak is highly improbably with today's aircraft....
On December 17, 1963, nine days after the crash of Flight 214, Leon H. Tanguay, director of the CAB Bureau of Safety, sent a letter to the FAA
recommending several safety modifications as part of future aircraft design. One modification related specifically to volatile fuel vapors that can
form inside of partly empty fuel tanks, which may be ignited by various potential ignition sources and cause an explosion. Mr. Tanguay's letter
suggested reducing the volatility of the fuel/air gas mixture by introducing an inert gas, or by using air circulation. Thirty three years
later, a similar recommendation was issued by the NTSB (the CAB's successor) after the TWA Flight 800 Boeing 747 crash on July 17, 1996, with 230
fatalities, which was also determined to have been caused by the explosion of a volatile mixture inside a fuel tank.
Any pilots out there with any insight to volatile mixtures in fuel tanks?
Anyone know the insides of an Airbus? Could severe turbulance cause structural damage so severe there was a fuel leak somehow?
Ignited by lightning....?
[edit on 1-6-2009 by awake_awoke]