China Southern B738 near Changsa on Nov 13th 2017, cargo smoke indication

Last Update: November 14, 2017 / 17:07:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 13, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
CZ-6406

Destination
Guilin, China

Aircraft Registration
B-5836

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A China Southern Airlines Boeing 737-800, registration B-5836 performing flight CZ-6406 from Nanjing to Guilin (China) with 151 passengers, was enroute at 7800 meters (FL256) about 90nm southwest of Changsa (China) when the crew received a cargo smoke indication and decided to divert to Changsa. The aircraft landed safely on Changsa's runway 36 about 20 minutes later. The crew initiated an emergency evacuation via slides, one passenger received injuries (sprained ankle) as result of the evacuation. Emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration B-6255 reached Guilin with a delay of 4 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Changsa about 27 hours after landing.

On Nov 14th 2017 China's CAAC reported the aircraft was enroute at 7800 meters when the crew received a cargo smoke indication as well as a fire bell. The crew discharged fire agent into the cargo bay, the indication did not cease however. Later, during the approach to Changsa, the indication and fire bell ceased, however, activated again prior to landing. The aircraft touched down in Changsa 21 minutes after the first cargo smoke indication. Observing the principle of human safety first and considering the active cargo smoke indication the crew decided to evacuate the aircraft via slides, during which one of the passengers received an ankle injury. The CAAC annotated that crew, ATC and emergency services cooperated very well, emergency services were in their positions five minutes after the first alert while the aircraft was conducting a high speed descent reaching up to 903kph (488 knots) over ground and ATC re-arranged the arrival sequence to permit CZ-6406 descend, approach and land as quickly as possible. Emergency services were immediately available after landing to assist the evacuation. A post flight examination revealed no evidence of fire, heat or smoke.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 13, 2017

Classification
Accident

Flight number
CZ-6406

Destination
Guilin, China

Aircraft Registration
B-5836

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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