On the 11th Anniversary of TWA Flight 800, Phyre Technologies Inc.
Offers Safer Technology for Passenger Planes
SAN DIEGO, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Eleven years after the in-flight
breakup of Trans World Airlines Flight 800 over the Atlantic Ocean, San
Diego- based technology development company Phyre Technologies Inc. has
successfully tested a system designed to prevent fuel tank explosions such
as that on TWA Flight 800.
Called the GOBIGGS(TM), this cutting-edge green technology is the
result of several years' development in the anticipation of the pending FAA
ruling which will require improved fuel tank safety systems on commercial
Since 1960, there have been 17 worldwide airplane fuel tank explosions.
Of these 17 explosions, three involved a heated center wing fuel tank for
which no ignition source could be determined: Philippine Airlines
(5/11/90), TWA Flight 800 (7/17/96), and Thai Airways International
Prior to the TWA 800 accident, most aviation experts believed that
minimizing ignition sources was the best way to avoid a fuel tank
explosion. However, these three mysterious accidents altered this
assumption. The FAA, airlines, manufacturers, and the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) now believe that the solution to
avoiding airplane fuel tank explosions is twofold: eliminate ignition
sources and reduce the flammability of the tank.
With the GOBIGGS(TM), Phyre Technologies Inc. has developed the first
environmentally friendly on-board fuel tank inerting system for large
passenger jets. This closed-loop system reduces tank flammability by
replacing the oxygen in the fuel tank with an inert gas, such as nitrogen.
This prevents the potential ignition of fuel vapor such as that which
occurred during TWA's Flight 800 11 years ago.
Phyre Technologies, Inc. is a closely held San Diego company,
specializing in de-oxygenation, thermal stability, and fire prevention
technologies for stationary, mobile, air, and maritime industries.
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