An aircraft fire in flight is one of the most deadly aviation hazards imaginable. The earlier you can detect the fire, the faster you can snuff it or get the burning airplane safely on the ground, the better the situation. Last year was a signal one for high-profile aircraft fires. In June, a Milan-bound Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER experienced engine problems en route from Changi Airport (SIN) and returned as a precaution. The engine and wing caught fire on final approach, a ...

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