“It’s a watershed event in aviation safety,” says Andreas Spaeth, an aviation journalist and co-host of a podcast that examines historic plane crashes.
“This was an aircraft that was absolutely full. So to see that everyone escaped safely is a miracle.
“Even then, it was a fairly long time before a big fire emerged. We have never seen a fuselage made of carbon fibre burn. And the structure held up pretty well.”
Well, yes, but. If that same fuselage were made of the more usual aluminium alloys then it wouldn’t have burnt at all…..