Baltic B733 over Baltic Sea on Jun 13th 2018, suspected fire on board prompts intercept by fighter aircraft

Last Update: June 14, 2018 / 15:00:06 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 13, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Baltic

Flight number
BT-619

Departure
Riga, Latvia

Aircraft Registration
YL-BBX

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

An Air Baltic Boeing 737-300, registration YL-BBX performing flight BT-619 from Riga (Latvia) to Amsterdam (Netherlands), was enroute at FL360 over the Baltic Sea about 150nm eastnortheast of Copenhagen (Denmark) when the crew initiated an emergency descent advising they had discovered some fire on board. The crew decided to divert to Copenhagen at FL100. Swedish armed forces dispatched a Saab Gripen to intercept the Boeing and inspect the aircraft from the outside, no traces of fire or smoke were discovered from the outside by the fighter crew. The Boeing landed safely at Copenhagen's Kastrup Airport about 40 minutes later.

Swedish armed forces reported an Air Baltic 737 had discovered some sort of fire on board south of Gotland and declared emergency. The armed forces decided to dispatch a JAS aircraft from Kallinge (Sweden) to escort the Boeing and inspect the aircraft from the outside. No smoke was seen emanating from the 737. The armed forces received a big thanks from Air Baltic for the escort and support in inspecting the aircraft from the outside.

A passenger reported that the captain informed them about a fire warning on board. Emergency services received the aircraft in Copenhagen and inspected the aircraft without finding anything abnormal.

The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Copenhagen for 12.5 hours, then positioned back to Riga. The aircraft returned to service about 5 hours after landing back in Riga and about 19 hours after landing in Copenhagen.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jun 13, 2018

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air Baltic

Flight number
BT-619

Departure
Riga, Latvia

Aircraft Registration
YL-BBX

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-300

ICAO Type Designator
B733

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