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NTSB makes recommendations
More crew training, modifications needed
The Daily News
Transportation Safety Board investigator Don Enns displays Mylar insulation from the cockpit wreckage of Swissair Flight 111.

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board made a series of recommendations Friday to improve fire safety aboard aircraft.

The board is calling for better fire-fighting training of air crew and modifications to aircraft to allow access behind hidden panels where fires are more likely to spread.

In December 2000, the Canadian Transportation Safety Board made five recommendations aimed at detecting and suppressing in-flight fires. It also recommended revising the cockpit crew’s emergency procedures to save time in the event of a fire.

In August 2001, the board made three more recommendations calling for tougher flammability standards in aircraft material and the enhancement of certification requirements for aircraft electrical wiring and components.

It also called for automatic or crew activated fire suppression devices in hidden areas.

In August 1999, the board also recommended the removal of metalized mylar insulation from aircraft because of flammability concerns.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration followed suit with a directive ordering the removal of the insulation but gave airlines five years to comply.

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