British Airways B773 near Shannon on Aug 24th 2019, suspected fire on board
Last Update: February 14, 2020 / 17:43:52 GMT/Zulu time
Passengers reported an acrid burning odour developed in the aft cabin, it was believed a galley oven in the aft galley emitted the odour and smoke, cabin crew disconnected electrical power from the galleys. They were taken to hotels and rebooked onto other flights.
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 5 hours, then positioned to London Gatwick,EN (UK).
On Feb 13th 2020 the AAIB released their brief bulletin stating (in its entirety):
Whilst in the initial part of the cruise, the captain was called by the senior cabin crew member informing him that there was a suspected fire in the aft galley. Shortly afterwards the cabin crew member confirmed that blue smoke was emanating from the oven unit. The cabin crew carried out their fire drill and the flight crew completed the ‘smoke, fire or fumes’ checklist. The flight crew then informed ATC of the event.
After electrically isolating the aft galley the rate of smoke production reduced; however, smoke remained in the area. The captain made the decision to divert to Shannon, where an uneventful overweight landing and disembarkation took place. There were no injuries to any of the passengers.
Examination of the aft galley oven by the operator’s engineers found that an electrical fault in an oven fan unit had caused the smoke. The fan unit was replaced and the aircraft returned to service. No further investigation of the oven fan unit was conducted by the operator.
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