Seven Regional Jet Fires Prompt NTSB Action

Seven aircraft fires, six of them within the past six months, on the Bombardier CRJ-200 aircraft have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to issue recommendations for repairs/redesign of certain aircraft systems or components to the Federal Aviation Administration. Four of the seven recommendations are classified "urgent" by the NTSB. Although none of the fires resulted in any loss of life, the NTSB said "the potential exists for an uncontained fire to compromise the oxygen line, which could develop into an even more critical situation." Four of the fires resulted in at least temporary loss of all Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) displays, preventing the pilots from using their primary flight instruments and increasing their workload during an emergency situation. NTSB said the problems it has identified in the aircraft's design should be corrected as soon as possible, noting the potential consequences of any future onboard fire could be catastrophic.

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