A flight crew’s timely response to a loss of cabin pressurization or to smoke or fumes is critical and certainly not the time to discover that your supplemental oxygen system isn’t working. This BCA author conducted a search of 100 recent NASA Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) records that were submitted in 2016 and 2017 involving incidents in which oxygen masks were employed. Of the total, 71 involved a loss of pressurization or suspected smoke or fumes. The good ...

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