Indigo A20N at Kolkata on Dec 10th 2018, smoke on board

Last Update: December 21, 2018 / 15:48:58 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 10, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
6E-237

Departure
Jaipur, India

Destination
Kolkata, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-ITR

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320-200N

ICAO Type Designator
A20N

An Indigo Airbus A320-200N, registration VT-ITR performing flight 6E-237 from Jaipur to Kolkata (India) with 136 people on board, was descending towards Kolkata about 38nm from Kolkata when smoke developed in cabin and cockpit of the aircraft prompting the crew to declare emergency. The aircraft continued to Kolkata for a safe landing on runway 01R and taxied to a remote stand on the apron. A number of passengers opened the aft exits and slid down the evacuation slides, most of the passengers disembarked normally via stairs.

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.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 10, 2018

Classification
Incident

Flight number
6E-237

Departure
Jaipur, India

Destination
Kolkata, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-ITR

Aircraft Type
Airbus A320-200N

ICAO Type Designator
A20N

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