Transat B738 near Newark on Mar 9th 2019, cargo smoke indication
Last Update: March 13, 2019 / 22:15:50 GMT/Zulu time
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.
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