Remember the China Airlines Boeing 737 that exploded on the ground at Naha, Japan in August 2007? Well, the final accident report is out and you can read just how astonishing it is that everybody got out alive.
There was a huge piece of luck in that the wing with the initial fire was on the downwind side of the fuselage. Correction, it’s even more remarkable because the wing with the initial fire was on the upwind side of the fuselage. The final occupants, including the pilots, got out with literally seconds to spare.
Some of you will recall how in the similar 737-200 accident at Manchester, UK way back in August 1985, 55 occupants died in a truly terrible accident partly because the fire was upwind of the fuselage. As my colleague David Learmount later wrote, the wave of research and rulemaking that it sparked made it one of the accidents that changed the world.
The extraordinary evacuation of the Boeing 737 that exploded
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