Austrian A321 at Vienna on Nov 18th 2018, fumes and smoke on board

Last Update: November 20, 2018 / 11:09:42 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 18, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OS-125

Aircraft Registration
OE-LBC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

An Austrian Airlines Airbus A321-100, registration OE-LBC performing flight OS-125 from Vienna (Austria) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 161 passengers and 6 crew, was in the initial climb out of Vienna's runway 29 when at about 2000 feet AGL the crew noticed a strong odour in the cockpit almost immediately followed by cabin crew reporting an acrid odour and smoke in the cabin and declared PAN. Both flight crew donned their oxygen masks, at least one cabin crew donned the smoke hood. The aircraft was vectored for a return to Vienna and landed safely on runway 34 about 15 minutes after departure. The aircraft stopped on the runway for inspection by emergency services, cabin crew reported there was no visible smoke anymore, the aircraft taxied to a remote apron, where passengers disembarked via stairs. There were no complaints by passengers about any health issue, the crew went to a hospital for precautionary checks after all passengers had disembarked.

The Aviation Herald received information that following the occurrence the left hand engine (CFM56) was immediately replaced.

On Nov 20th 2018 the airline reported the cause of the smell and light smoke was an engine detergent. The left engine had undergone specific maintenance, a compressor wash was subsequently conducted with the detergent to remove possible soiling from the compressor area. An engine run up was done, it appears however the detergent was more persistent and entered the air ducts.
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OE-LBC
Country of Registration
Austria
Manufacturer
Airbus Industries
Aircraft Model / Type
A321-111
ICAO Aircraft Type
A321
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Nov 18, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
OS-125

Aircraft Registration
OE-LBC

Aircraft Type
Airbus A321

ICAO Type Designator
A321

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