Smartwings B738 at Budapest on Mar 23rd 2018, smoke from tug prompts evacuation

Last Update: May 15, 2018 / 15:27:19 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 23, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Smartwings

Flight number
6H-716

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
OK-TVP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

A Smartwings Boeing 737-800 on behalf of Israir Airlines, registration OK-TVP performing flight 6H-716 (scheduled dep Mar 22nd) from Budapest (Hungary) to Tel Aviv (Israel), was preparing for departure from Budapest when a nearby tow tug began to emit thick black smoke, which entered the aircraft cabin through the engines and air conditioning system prompting an immediate evacuation via slides. A female passenger (39) missed or fell off the evacuation slide, fell down onto the apron, received serious head injuries and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

The airline reported the smoke came from a nearby vehicle, not the aircraft itself, and entered the aircraft cabin via the engines and air conditioning system causing commotion on board despite the captain's repeated announcements that the smoke was coming from the outside of the aircraft and everything was okay on board of the aircraft. These announcements however did not prevent the emergency slides being deployed unnecessarily. One passenger needed to be taken to a hospital with head injuries, the others were taken to hotels to await yet another replacement aircraft.

The intiially assigned aircraft, a Travel Service Boeing 737-800 registration OK-TVO, had been unable to depart the previous evening. OK-TVP therefore had been positioned to Budapest and was about to depart in the wee morning hours of the next day.

OK-TVP positioned from Budapest to Prague (Czech Republic) about 8 hours after the evacuation.

OK-TVO was able to position to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) about 105 minutes prior to the evacuation and re-entered service about 5 hours after landing in Paris.

On May 15th 2018 Czechia's UZPLN reported that following boarding and engine start thick smoke develope in the cabin causing panic amongst the passengers, who flocked to the aft doors. Cabin crew was unable to cope with the "unexpected onslaught" of the passengers, who opened the aft doors activating the emergency slides, and an uncoordinated evacuation took place. The smoke originated from a heavily smouldering ground security vehicle, the smoke entered the air conditioning systems. The captain observed both aft door open indications illuminated, at the same time the chief flight attendant advised of the situation. The captain restarted the APU, shut down both engines and requested stairs and coaches for the passengers. One of the passengers did not manage the uncoordinated evacuation and ended up below the left hand evacuation slide with serious injuries. Emergency services initiated treatment.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 23, 2018

Classification
Accident

Airline
Smartwings

Flight number
6H-716

Destination
Tel Aviv, Israel

Aircraft Registration
OK-TVP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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