Nottingham East Midlands Airport, Leicestershire, England
Edinburgh Airport, Edinburgh, Scotland
Boeing 727 F (Freighter)
Type of flight:
The aircraft was being operated by a USA based company under contract to an operator based in Brussels. It had just arrived on stand at Edinburgh Airport after an uneventful flight from East Midlands Airport. After the brakes had been set and while the crew were shutting down, the flight deck filled with smoke. The crew were unable to identify the cause and therefore shutdown all electrical power, including ground power, opened the flight deck windows and evacuated the aircraft. The Airport Fire Service attended the aircraft and found that the main battery, located below the underfloor E3 electronic rack in the forward fuselage, was 'hot and smoking'. They removed the battery, which was of the nickel-cadmium ( 'Ni Cad' ) type, and took it to a safe area. Damage was limited to the battery and battery charger; there was no damage to the aircraft. The battery and charger were replaced and the aircraft then departed for Aberdeen.