Event Details

Title:Cockpit fire—precautionary landing, Air France Boeing 777-228ER, F-GSPZ, Churchill, Manitoba 290 nm NE, 17 October 2002
Micro summary:This Boeing 777 had an electrical fire at a window heater, resulting in a diversion.
Event Time:2002-10-17 at 1459 UTC
File Name:2002-10-17-CA.pdf
Publishing Agency:Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)
Publishing Country:Canada
Report number:A02C0227
Site of event:290 nm of Churchill, Manitoba
Departure:Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport), Paris, France
Destination:Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 777-228ER
Flight Phase:Cruise
Operator(s):Air France
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:
Executive Summary:On 17 October 2002, Air France Flight 062, a Boeing 777–228ER, serial number 32310, departed Paris, France, on a scheduled flight to Los Angeles, California, United States, with 172 passengers and 17 crew members on board. At 1459 Coordinated Universal Time, while cruising at flight level 360, the cabin crew smelled an abnormal odour in the cabin. The captain went to the cabin to investigate, and shortly thereafter, a fire started in the area of the left front cockpit windshield. The fire was extinguished by the relief first officer; however, two large cracks developed in the windshield.

The crew diverted the flight to Churchill, Manitoba, and landed and stopped the aircraft on Runway 33, which was snow covered. The aircraft was subsequently moved to the terminal ramp area, and the passengers were deplaned through the aircraft’s right front emergency egress slide. No injuries to passengers or crew were reported. The only damage to the aircraft was to the forward left windshield and the forward left glareshield area.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Cabin or Cockpit Fire
Operations - Cabin or Cockpit Smoke
Operations - Evacuation
Other - Manufacturing Issues
Other - Post-Crash Survivability
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