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Terror in the Skies sees aeronautical engineer Brendan Walker taking a look at different shocking footage of aviation incidents and near misses, and tells stories of survival and bravery in the sky.
Airbus is activating what it is calling “Plan B” and dropping lithium-ion batteries from its newest composite airliner even as Boeing continues investigating why the technology has created epic problems for its flagship 787 Dreamliner.
Why is it the case that they don't have fire detection equipment of even a basic level, where obvious gaps in factory systems exist? Is the system for aircraft so tight and absolute that nothing will be permitted that isn't run through a long, complex and exhaustive testing system? Even a $15 smoke detector that could at least be stuck to make enough racket to be heard?
The real question here though is why these fires burn at all, when not in the Passenger Compartment? The Cargo holds can be pressurized or not..is that right? If not, can they be 100% and entirely cut off from air circulation into the cabin? If SO...the tail recirculation system for cabin air could be engaged (as they had to do back when smoking was allowed in-flight) to insure plenty of fresh air to the people...while the fire is handled below?
Why don't they have Halon or similar systems covering all non-human occupied areas of an aircraft, which can or by design are shut off from the air space of people onboard? Fire can't live if it can't breathe...so wouldn't Halon end the problem before it began? Maybe even C02, since it tends to settle and wouldn't want to rise into the compartment above..while still displacing oxygen to starve it? (C02 wouldn't destroy the cargo hold and everything in it, either..lol)
Thanks for your indulgence on my curiosity. You're great on that.
IS there anything the aviation industry could be doing more to prevent these fires?