December 3, 2012 - The National Transportation
Safety Board issued three recommendations to
reduce the impact of in-flight fires aboard
cargo airplanes, saying current fire protection
regulations are inadequate.
The recommendations urge the Federal Aviation
Administration to require active fire
suppression systems in all cargo containers or
compartments of cargo aircraft. They also
recommend improving early detection of fires
within cargo containers and pallets and urge
that cargo containers provide better fire
The NTSB has participated in the investigation
of three fire-related accidents involving cargo
aircraft in the past six years.