The danger in taking flammable, volatile cargo on aircraft has been illustrated too many times. South African Airways Flight 295 was lost in the Indian Ocean in November 1987 after an in-flight fire in the cargo hold. The holds of most airliners are now equipped with automated halon fire-extinguishing systems to combat any cargo or baggage fire. In May 1996, ValuJet Airlines Flight 592 crashed into the Florida Everglades a few minutes after take off, when a fire broke out in the forward cargo hold. All 110 aboard were killed. These tragedies also refocused attention on screening to prevent dangerous goods from being carried on aircraft. Dangerous goods control is an ever-changing game.
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