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Document ID (ISN)67859
CIS number 96-2265
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Li G., Baker S.P., Dodd R.S.
Title The epidemiology of aircraft fire in commuter and air taxi crashes
Bibliographic information May 1996, Vol.67, No.5, p.434-437. 18 ref.
Abstract Data on commuter air carrier and air taxi crashes for the period 1983-1988 were examined. Aircraft fire was recorded in 153 (17%) of the 888 crashes identified. Factors associated with increased likelihood of fire were non-airport location, twin-engine aircraft and nighttime flying. The majority of fires occurred during impact sequence and the most frequent source of ignition was the engine. Fire sensing and extinguishing systems were installed in only 19% of aircraft. Rescue and firefighting efforts were hampered most commonly by terrain, weather and darkness.
Descriptors (primary) USA; air transport; fire hazards
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiologic study; sources of ignition
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Fires