Questions tagged [fire]

Questions about airport or aircraft fires/firefighting, including engine and cabin fire suppression systems and equipment, in-flight fire procedures, and ground firefighting procedures.

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What kind of insulation is used on commercial aircraft?

How are commercial aircraft insulated and what kind of fire barrier material is being used? How much insulation is required in a typical Boeing 747 vs. a Boeing 787?
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When the brakes are checked, what do the firemen actually do?

Watching this video (at 06:58 mark), this plane had just made a mayday landing, due to a bird-strike. Because of the right engine being shutdown, it was forced to land immediately, with a full load of ...
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Why do jet engines sometimes spit out flames after ingesting birds?

After seeing this video of a 757's engine catching fire because of a bird, I wonder: What happens to the engine? Why does it periodically exhaust fire? Is this some safety feature?
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Why don't aeroplanes automatically put out engine fires?

When an engine fire is detected the fire handle lights up and the pilot pulls it to extinguish the fire. Why doesn't it do that automatically? Why does the pilot have to pull the handle?
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Should depressurization be considered in the event of an inflight cabin fire?

Uncontrolled cabin fires only need a few minutes to spread throughout the cabin of an aircraft, killing everyone onboard and destroying the airframe. Now, we all know that depressurization and fire ...

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