New Fuel Tanks Introduced in Aftermath of Crash




New Fuel Tanks Introduced in Aftermath of Crash

On the anniversary of TWA’s flight 800 crash, the government has announced new regulations that are hoped to prevent such accidents from occurring in the future.

Flight 800 blew up over Long Island after taking off due to exploding gas tank fumes.

New Safety Regulations Implemented

According to reports, airlines in the U.S. have to modify their existing and future fuel tanks in order to eliminate the possibility of a wiring malfunction in the years to come.

Although the rule doesn’t get into specifics about how the change should be made, airlines and manufacturers are being required to have empty tanks with nitrogen on hand.

The tanks of nitrogen are expected to prevent the explosion of jet fuel vapors.

Airline Accident Provokes New Rule

On July 17, 1996, a Boeing 747 blew up minutes after taking off from Kennedy Airport.

All 230 passengers on the plain, which was Paris bound, were instantly killed by the explosion.

An investigation revealed that an electrical short ignited vapors in the empty fuel tank on the plane, causing the deadly explosion.

Researchers claim that fuel tank explosions have destroyed four Boeing aircrafts since 1989.

(Source: Newsday)

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