Cathay Pacific B773 near Vancouver on Feb 1st 2020, fumes in cockpit and cabin

Last Update: February 24, 2020 / 21:48:14 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 1, 2020

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CX-865D

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
B-KPQ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

A Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300, registration B-KPQ performing flight CX-865D from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Hong Kong (China) with no passengers and 18 crew, had just levelled off at FL320 after departure from Vancouver when the crew detected smoke in cockpit and cabin, declared emergency and returned the aircraft to Vancouver. The aircraft dumped 84 tons of fuel and performed a safe landing 11 tons over maximum landing weight about 45 minutes after departure.

The aircraft had arrived in Vancouver on Jan 30th 2020 as flight CX-865 from New York JFK. The aircraft was to position onwards to Hong Kong, returned to Vancouver however. Another attempt to position to Hong Kong on Feb 8th also prompted the crew to return to Vancouver. The aircraft finally departed for and reached Hong Kong on Feb 14th 2020.

The Canadian TSB reported: "Maintenance conducted an overweight landing inspection with no faults found. They verified that the smoke was in fact oil fumes/haze caused by an oil contaminated air conditioning system. They traced the origin of the oil source to the aircraft's APU. Numerous components of the air conditioning system were replaced and the ducting was removed and cleaned. The APU was deactivated for the return flight to VHHH and the aircraft has returned to service."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Feb 1, 2020

Classification
Incident

Flight number
CX-865D

Destination
Hong Kong, China

Aircraft Registration
B-KPQ

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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