Transat B738 near Newark on Mar 9th 2019, cargo smoke indication

Last Update: March 13, 2019 / 22:15:50 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 9, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
TS-942

Aircraft Registration
C-GTQG

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

An Air Transat Boeing 737-800, registration C-GTQG performing flight TS-942 from Montreal,QC (Canada) to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA) with 189 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 40nm north of Newark,NJ (USA) when the crew received a cargo smoke indication and diverted the aircraft to Newark for a safe landing on runway 04R about 16 minutes later. The aircraft was evacuated, two people received minor injuries as result of the evacuation, one of them was taken to a hospital.

The airport reported there was no fire in the cargo hold, however, there was a lot of smoke. Two people received minor injuries unrelated to the smoke, one person of them was taken to a hospital.

The airline reported the crew received a cargo smoke indication and diverted to Newark, where the aircraft was evacuated. No injuries occurred.

The FAA reported the aircraft diverted to Newark's runway 04R due a possible fire in the cargo hold, the aircraft was evacuated.

Passengers reported there was no unusual odour and no smoke in the cabin.

The occurrence aircraft was still on the ground about 8 hours after landing.

On Mar 13th 2019 the Canadian TSB reported the crew received an aft cargo smoke indication, worked the related checklists, the indication ceased for a few seconds and came on again, now permanently. The crew discharged Halon into the cargo hold, declared Mayday and diverted to Newark. The aircraft landed and stopped on runway 04R, tower reported seeing no smoke, however, when fire fighters opened the aft cargo hold, smoke was visible and an electrical burning odour was observed. All aboard evacuated via slides. Maintenance examined the aircraft, removed all panels in the cargo hold, inspected all luggage in the cargo hold, but found no trace of fire, heat, smoke or odour. The smoke detector was identified defective. The smoke and odour observed by the fire fighters is believed to have been caused by the Halon discharged into the cargo hold. The aircraft was returned to service after all parts requiring replacement were replaced.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 9, 2019

Classification
Accident

Flight number
TS-942

Aircraft Registration
C-GTQG

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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