British Airways B772 over Atlantic on Mar 19th 2019, cargo smoke indication

Last Update: April 1, 2019 / 21:27:15 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 19, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BA-174

Aircraft Registration
G-ZZZA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

A British Airways Boeing 777-200, registration G-ZZZA performing flight BA-174 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 196 passengers and 13 crew, was enroute at FL370 over the Atlantic Ocean about 420nm eastnortheast of St. John's,NL (Canada) when the crew received a cargo smoke indication, declared Mayday and diverted to St. John's advising ATC that both forward and aft fire bottles had been discharged. The aircraft descended to FL240 for the way back, due to winds about 200 knots slower westbound than it had been eastbound, and landed safely on St. John's runway 29 about 90 minutes after turning around. Emergency services did not find any trace of fire, heat or smoke.

A passenger reported the captain announced there was an alarm, a potential fire indication, for the forward cargo hold.

A replacement Boeing 777-200 registration G-VIIJ was dispatched from London Heathrow to St. John's as flight BA-9156 but has not yet departed from St. John's about 5.5 hours after landing.

The occurrence aircraft was still on the ground in St. John's about 18 hours after landing.

On Apr 1st 2019 the Canadian TSB reported after receiving the forward cargo fire indication the crew worked the related checklist, declared Mayday and descended off the North Atlantic Tracks towards St. John's. The fire bottles (plural) were discharged, the fire indication however persisted. After landing emergency services did not find any trace of fire, heat or smoke. The TSB reported the fire warning detector was considered faulty and was replaced. The fire extinguishers were replaced, too.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Mar 19, 2019

Classification
Incident

Flight number
BA-174

Aircraft Registration
G-ZZZA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

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