Event Details

Title:Smoke emergency, Boeing 747-436, G-BNLC
Micro summary:A smoke emergency prompts the diversion of this Boeing 747.
Event Time:2003-04-20 at 1200 UTC
File Name:2003-04-20-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G2003/04/27
Diversion Airport:Riga International Airport, Riga , Latvia
Site of event:Cruise
Departure:Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, Calcutta, India
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 747-436
Flight Phase:Cruise
Operator(s):British Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:Riga International Airport, Riga , Latvia
Executive Summary:During cruise the crew became aware of fumes and smoke in the cockpit. The crew went onto oxygen, declared a MAYDAY and diverted to Riga, Latvia. Subsequent investigation revealed that the smoke and fumes were as a result of an overheated cockpit door lock solenoid, which had failed due to spring clip being incorrectly installed during the manufacture of the unit.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Cabin or Cockpit Smoke
Other - Manufacturing Issues
Close match:Engine failure and evacuation, Airbus A319, November 2, 2001
Smoke emergency over North Atlantic, Boeing 747-436, G-BNLL, 13 April 1996
In-Flight Fire Leading to Collision with Water, Swissair Transport Limited, McDonnell Douglas MD-11 HB-IWF Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia 5 nm SW, 2 September 1998
Cockpit fire—precautionary landing, Air France Boeing 777-228ER, F-GSPZ, Churchill, Manitoba 290 nm NE, 17 October 2002


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