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11 injured as smoke fills plane in Cologne

The Local · 3 Sep 2012, 15:40

Published: 03 Sep 2012 15:40 GMT+02:00

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The 186-person Öger Türk Airways plane had set off from Hannover and was making a brief stopover at Cologne-Bonn airport before heading to Turkey when smoke filled the aircraft.

The plane was quickly evacuated, and while most escaped unharmed, four sustained serious injuries from the smoke and seven others were “moderately injured,” a spokesman for the Cologne fire service told the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger paper.

He added that 40 fire engines were present at the scene, along with three emergency medics.

It is not known what caused the smoke and an investigation has been started.

The airline is now organising a replacement vehicle, which should be available for the passengers later in the evening, the paper said.

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16:49 September 3, 2012 by brooklyite
Wait, are the 40 fire engines or the three emergency medics under suspicion of causing the smoke? Is this what the Cologne spokesman meant? if true this would be highly unusual behavior. Maybe they were at a fire previously and happened to bring the smoke with them, perhaps it became attached to one of the trucks in some way, and was dragged there by mistake. Is that even possible?
22:01 September 3, 2012 by wood artist

I' m actually more concerned about the "replacement vehicle." That's gunna be a REALLY BIG bus or something. I don't know if I'd want to travel all the way to Turkey that way, and likely with only a single restroom too.

Usually, although I suppose there can be exceptions, they just use a replacement plane in situations like this. But...this is a relatively small airline, so maybe they don't have another plane. Could be like "Mayberry" in the old US TV series, where the police only had one bullet and they drew straws to see who got to carry it each shift.

While the story might be completely innocent, the wording sure is unique. Might be part of the denial of service thingy going on in Sweden. For now, let's just blame Wikileaks and go with that.

22:02 September 3, 2012 by ciprian
Were the 40 fire engines coming from the fire engine factory nearby? How do 40 engines help more than just 4 or 5? Can't they spend all that taxpayer's money on something else?
01:43 September 4, 2012 by wood artist

I think you missed the point. There are usually no more then 4 or 5 firefighters on any piece of apparatus, and this incident had the potential to involved nearly 200 victims. In addition, if the plane had a reasonable load of fuel to make it to Turkey, and a fire actually broke out, FRA almost couldn't have too many firefighters present. The money is spent regardless, because you're not paying firefighters to work, you're paying them to be available when you need them, and this was one of those times.

The only real out of pocket cost that could be saved would be the minimal cost of the fuel the engines used to get to the scene, and that's probably not a total of 100 Euros. In short, with the potential for disaster, you can't have "too big" a response. If you'd been on the plane, I'll bet you'd be happy to see every available firefighter when your life might be hanging in the balance.

02:13 September 4, 2012 by lenny van
Brooklyite is right. Smoke can attach itself to a fire truck and get dragged along. I've seen it myself on a number of occasions, especially in hot humid climates.
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