Event Details

Title:Cabin smoke, Airbus A340-642, G-VGOA, December 30, 2005
Micro summary:This Airbus A340 encountered a white, oily mist on climb.
Event Time:2005-12-30 at 1528 UTC
File Name:2005-12-30-2-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2005/12/19
Site of event:After takeoff from London Heathrow Airport
Departure:London Heathrow Airport, London, England, United Kingdom
Destination:Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A340-642
Flight Phase:Takeoff
Operator(s):Virgin Atlantic
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:During takeoff part of the cabin filled with a light white mist and an accompanying ‘oily’ smell. The flight crew declared a PAN, dumped fuel and then made an uneventful return to the airport. The mist was probably caused by the ingestion of oil or other contaminant into the APU inlet which passed into the bleed air duct and cabin air conditioning system. The fluid contaminant probably emanated from a drain hole forward of the APU inlet. This drain hole was found blocked some time after the incident and, once cleared, it released almost a litre of an oil-water mixture.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Cabin or Cockpit Smoke
Operations - Maintenance
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