Firefighting

Responding to commercial Aircraft Haz-Mat Incidents

Issue 11 and Volume 154.

By JOHN CARR AND LES OMANS The aircraft itself-full of fuel and hazardous systems fluids-represents a serious potential haz-mat event. Clearly, these are perilous times for the commercial aviation industry. First responders must shoulder new responsibilities with respect to various aviation incidents. Not only are there concerns about hazardous materials in the cargo holds of commercial aircraft as well as enormous amounts of dangerous goods carried aboard freighter aircraft, but a new dragon has lifted its ugly head: The aircraft itself-full of fuel and hazardous systems fluids-represents a serious potential haz-mat event. Most importantly, as we have seen with the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, commercial aircraft have become instruments of death and destruction. You must prepare for safe, effective response to these types of incidents. CASE STUDIES Case study #1. A Boeing 707 cargo freighter took off from a major eastern airport with…

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