The American Chemistry Council says the Asiana Airlines 214 crash in San Francisco on July 6 is not the first time that flame-retardant materials inside the cabin have been credited with saving lives by giving passengers valuable extra time to escape the aircraft. The group’s North American Flame Retardant Alliance said materials the alliance helped create also saved the lives of 309 people during a 2005 Air France accident in Toronto.
Bombardier CL600-2B19 CRJ, Asheville, N.C., March 19, 2006 – The NTSB found that company maintenance personnel improperly installed the pilot’s windshield on the Pinnacle Airlines jet, which resulted in flame and smoke in the cockpit and the subsequent emergency landing.
Fire is the sharpest two-edged sword in man’s bag of tools. When under control it was a formidable tool that warmed, comforted, cooked food and kept wild beasts at bay for prehistoric man. Today, it fulfills those and many other needs, yet out of control it is man’s worst nightmare. What greater fear can a pilot have than being at altitude with a fire in the cabin?