Indigo A20N at Kolkata on Dec 10th 2018, smoke on board
Last Update: December 21, 2018 / 15:48:58 GMT/Zulu time
India's DGCA reported the crew declared emergency due to smoke in cockpit and cabin and landed safely. On request by the captain the aircraft proceeded to an isolation bay where the aft slides deployed and some passengers evacuated. Other passengers disembarked via the stairs at the forward door. There were no injuries. The DGCA have opened an investigation.
The airline reported there was smoke in cockpit and cabin, the aircraft performed a safe emergency landing into Kolkata. On reaching the bay a few passengers evacuated via the aft slides, most passengers disembarked via the stairs. There had been no technical malfunction of the aircraft prior to the flight.
On Dec 19th 2018 India's DGCA reported that the smoke was traced down to the engines (PW1127) of the aircraft. The engine manufacturer informed the DGCA in the meantime that the engines are going to be modified to lower the temperature in the combustion chamber by about 40 degrees C.
The airline reported the engine manufacturer is working to improve the reliability of the bearing seals. The reduction in temperature is going to be achieved by a software upgrade that is being rolled out to all Indigo aircraft within 3 weeks.
On Dec 21st 2018 India's AIB reported the crew received a lavatory smoke indication while descending through FL170, while descending through FL100 an avionics smoke indication occurred at which point the crew declared Mayday. The occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated by the AIB.
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