France B773 near Goose Bay on Oct 16th 2020, cargo smoke indication

Last Update: November 2, 2020 / 15:34:59 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 16, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-347

Aircraft Registration
F-GSQH

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

An Air France Boeing 777-300, registration F-GSQH performing flight AF-347 from Montreal,QC (Canada) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France) with 100 people on board, was enroute at FL380 about 280nm northeast of Goose Bay when the crew received a forward cargo smoke indication, declared Mayday Mayday and decided to divert to Goose Bay receiving a direct vector to the approach fix for RNAV approach to runway 26, the crew decided not to dump fuel. Upon inquiry by ATC the crew reported they did not smell any unusual odour and did not have any smoke, just the smoke indication, the crew requested emergency services on arrival and requested that first all passengers and crew would disembark before the cargo door was opened. The aircraft landed safely in Goose Bay about 53 minutes after turning around and leaving FL380. The aircraft vacated the runway and stopped on the parallel taxiway for an inspection by emergency services. The passengers disembarked via mobile stairs. Emergency services did not find any trace of fire, smoke or heat, the indication was identified false.

The operator diverted flight AF-349 Montreal to Paris CDG also to Goose Bay to pick up the passengers of AF-347. The passengers of flight AF-347 reached Paris with a delay of 7.5 hours and the passengers of AF-349 with a delay of 4.5 hours.

The occurrence aircraft positioned to Paris Charles de Gaulle on Oct 18th 2020, remained on the ground in Paris for 4 days and returned to service on Oct 22nd 2020.

On Nov 2nd 2020 the Canadian TSB reported the crew declared emergency due to a cargo fire indication and diverted to Goose Bay for a landing without further incident with emergency services (ARFF) standing by. The TSB then wrote: "Several news reports indicated that ARFF did not find any trace of fire, smoke or heat, and that it was determined to be a faulty indication."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Oct 16, 2020

Classification
Incident

Airline
Air France

Flight number
AF-347

Aircraft Registration
F-GSQH

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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