Event Details

Title:Windscreen sparks, Airbus Industrie A310, 5B-DAX, 1 October 1998 at 0920 hrs
Micro summary:Sparks on the windscreen on this Airbus A310.
Event Time:1998-10-01 at 0920 UTC
File Name:1998-10-01-UK.pdf
Publishing Agency:Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB)
Publishing Country:United Kingdom
Report number:EW/G98/10/01
Diversion Airport:London Heathrow Airport, London, England
Site of event:Parked, London Heathrow
Departure:London Heathrow Airport, London, England, United Kingdom
Airplane Type(s):Airbus A310
Flight Phase:Parked
Operator(s):Cyprus Airways
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Diverted to:London Heathrow Airport, London, England
Executive Summary:The aircraft was parked on Stand E38 at Heathrow Airport. As the passengers were about to board, the First Officer noticed smoke and sparks from his windscreen. The fire services were alerted but the fire self-extinguished and it could then be seen that the windscreen was cracked in a number of places.

It was expected at the time that the windscreen heating controller had malfunctioned, allowing high current to remain applied after the aircraft touched down. The controller, P/No 6664157, was removed and returned to the manufacturer for examination which showed that its temperature detection thresholds were out-of-tolerance. After adjustment of the thresholds and embodiment of modifications, the unit was returned to service.
Learning Keywords:Systems - Windows
Consequence - Damage - Airframe or fuselage
Close match:Windshield failure on a MD-11F at Seattle, May 31, 2002


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