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In-Flight Fire: Guidance for Flight Crews

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I've experienced three smoke and fumes events on the C130, two of them airborne. In all three cases, the source of the smoke was in the avionics racks underneath the flight deck and in all three cases the smoke came from the top or side panels on the flight deck. The worst event occured at low level (250 ft); thick white smoke poured out of the overhead panel filling the flight deck with thick white smoke. the engineer frantically began pulling circuit breakers associated with the top panel but of course this had no effect because the source was actually the autopilot, which was located below the flight deck - the smoke was working its way up behind the sound panelling and exiting through the top panel. The aircraft was already depressurised and the captain ordered the flight deck escape hatch be removed. I can't remember if I did that or not, but someone did, and the effect was immediate - the smoke cleared instantly - noisy and we still had a problem to solve, but at least everyone could see. I made an emergency call and they gave us a straight in landing on the most convenient runway for us, which was not the runway in use at the time. --JB 11:03, 20 October 2008 (CEST)


This article is self-evidently principally about fuselage fires or suspected fires and it might therefore be worthwhile to consider re-titling it accordingly. It would be useful to have a separate article specifically about engine fires and their origin, propagation, detection and suppression.--Chris.stewart 16:09, 14 October 2008 (CEST)