Posted on 15/09/2015 in News 32 2015
Aircraft fire safety success

170 people escaped safety from a British Airways Boeing 777-200 plane whose engine caught fire during preparation for take-off at Las Vegas airport, Tuesday 8th September. Only minor injuries mainly resulting from the escape slides were incurred. The rapid evacuation of the plane and the fast arrival of the airport’s fire services showed the effectiveness of the airline company and airport staff.

After extinction of the fire, the plane showed no structural damage to the body. The incident indicates, once again, that despite the unavoidable risks of highly flammable jet fuel, aircraft offer life-saving fire-safety performance. High material fire safety standards, including through use of flame retardant, contribute to this fire safety performance.

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