Pannet / Rhylanor / Spinward Marches
Downport Dome Recovering After Disaster
It's now been one week since a merchant ship crashed into the largest city
on Pannet (2519 Spinward Marches; E9C5677-7), precipitating a massive
disaster that threatened to destroy the entire city.
Downport Dome is no longer in danger of complete failure. While isolated
pockets of air still cause violent fires to break out at random in the ruins
of the commercial district, the safety interlocks have been reinforced and
secured. Structural supports have been shored up to prevent further
collapse of the dome, and the remainder of the city is safe from further
danger. Nevertheless, a full two-thirds of the city breached containment
before the conflagration could be controlled.
While some residents did manage to reach containment shelters, there was
a widespread failure to heed the breach alarms. A series of false alarms
over the last three months is being blamed for the complacency that cost
several thousands their lives. When used -- as at all the schools and
industrial plants -- the shelters held up as designed, and all those were
rescued within three days of the disaster.
The death toll stands at 8,367, including 54 rescue workers from Downport
and 31 more from Treefish Dome who turned out to assist with the emergency.
Conditions on Pannet make any operations in the native atmosphere
an extremely dangerous prospect, and officials are calling the rescue effort
It will still be at least a month before the debris can be cleared. Aside
from the danger of fires from oxygen pockets, the area is covered with lethal
combustion products, and it will take some time before the residue breaks
down and disperses. Only then can reconstruction begin.
The government is offering excellent rates for workers with experience in
insidious atmospheres, but warn that even seasoned pros may be surprised
by Pannet's exotic mixture. Benefits include excellent pay with
full medical care and state of the art decontamination facilities.
As for the inquiry into the reasons why the subsidized merchant Youghi's
Pocket suffered a major systems failure on final approach, initial efforts
will focus on the ship's maintenance record. While all ships landing
at the downport are required to have an insidious atmosphere inspection with
every annual maintenance, no extra checks are made during the year. Obtaining
the records from Rhylanor (2716 Spinward Marches; A434934-F) will,
however, take some time. Also taking into consideration the extent
of destruction at the crash site, the inquiry is expected to take up to a
There are still no downport facilities at Pannet, and although there
are limited highport services still available those are being reserved for
insystem traffic for the duration. Incoming ships are currently being
diverted to the H-class insystem port in orbit P5-25.