Last week, Plastics Today published “How advanced plastics saved lives on Asiana Flight 214” about the role of advanced plastics in plane crashes. The article examines how slower burning and less toxic plastics can improve survival in plane crashes.
The article points out that a major goal of the U.S. Aviation Safety Research Act, which was enacted in 1988, is to develop a fireproof cabin, In addition, the article reports 40% of deaths in impact-survivable aerospace accidents are due to smoke and fire. Since the 1998 crash of Swissair Flight 111, where all 229 passengers died on board due to a fire that started in an air-conditioning unit, significant efforts have been put forth to improve fireproofing of aircraft cabins.
According to the article, some of the improvements to cabin interiors include the use of “thermoplastics for thermoformed parts, thermosetting polymers for liners and composite panels, rubber for seat cushions, and fiber-forming polymers for textiles.”
To learn more about fire-resistant material improvements and the Asiana Flight 214 crash read the article on the Plastics Today website.