Aircraft Fire Survival – Manchester British Airtours Flight 28M

Lessons Learned from British Airtours Flight 28M

On 22 August 1985, British Airtours Flight 28M caught fire on the runway after an engine failure on takeoff, the engine failure punctured a fuel cell and caused a massive fire that killed 52 of the of the 131 passengers aboard.

Forensic investigation later deduced toxic smoke was the main killer, and that most passengers would have survived had they had some form of respiratory protection. Most died from smoke inhalation of carbon monoxide and  hydrogen cyanide which are common constituents of combustion gases.

Survivors stated that:

The effect of the smoke was shocking one breath of the toxic gases made them feel debilitated and they knew that a second or third breath would likely kill them.

Workplace Fire Warden TrainingI personally now always take an Xcaper Kit as carry on baggage. Knowing it will provide the exact type of protection the investigators recommended, without the disadvantages of a smoke hood. Not only am I protected when traveling, but while staying in foreign hotels with less reliable fire safety.


To see where they discuss the cause of death go to 33:00 minute point

An Xcaper Kit can provide life saving time to escape almost any situation.

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