emergency call was received by the FAA tower at Hartsfield Atlanta
International Airport at 07:10 p.m. on June 8, 1995. A fire had started
between the interior and exterior walls of a DC-9 just prior to takeoff. The
live of 55 passengers and 5 crew members were at stake. Fully loaded wing
fuel tanks created the risk that an explosive and fatal engine fire could
develop within a matter of seconds.
less than a minute, the airport's one-of-a-kind crash truck, the K-15
Jaguar, was on the scene to extinguish the fire and cool the plane
sufficiently to allow passenger evacuation. Except for a couple of minor
injuries sustain during evacuation of the plane, the crew and passengers
escaped safely. Both airport and fire officials credited the Jaguar's quick
response and rescue capabilities for the
fact that no lives were lost.
This actual airport emergency is a perfect example of how the capabilities
of ground rescue equipment make the critical difference in a life-and-death
Exactly what is the function of
the airport crash vehicle, and why is the K-15 Jaguar being hailed as such a
revolutionary fire fighting "system?"
News media from across the country covered
a near fatal airline fire in June at Hartsfield Atlanta International
Airport in which the K-15 Jaguar quickly extinguished the fire and saved