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Old 16th Dec 2007, 09:29
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Dr Ian Millar, hyperbaric medicine unit director at The Alfred hospital, said: "If there was an emergency and the pilot took nitrogen instead of oxygen, instead of gaining control of the aircraft he would black out and it would be all over. It's a pretty serious mistake."
Is Dr Millar assuming the tanks were 100% full of Nitrogen?

When oxygen tanks are serviced, are they not simply topped up? Therefore would it not be fair to say that the tanks would be something like 95% Oxygen, and 5% Nitrogen?

Considering air is 78% Nitrogen, and 21% Oxygen, perhaps claiming that instant death would be inevitable is overstating it somewhat.

Of course I am not saying it is a serious matter, of course it is! I'm just pointing out that it may not be AS bad as first thought. (The partial pressure of oxygen is still 95% of what it would have been had it been serviced with oxygen bottles).

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