Kalitta B744 near Saskatoon on Dec 15th 2022, cargo fire indication
Last Update: December 22, 2022 / 20:21:01 GMT/Zulu time
The airport reported a sensor went off inside the aircraft suggesting a possible fire on board. The fire suppression system activated. It is unclear however, whether or not it was a false alarm.
The Canadian TSB is looking into the occurrence.
On Dec 22nd 2022 the TSB reported, that the crew received multiple status messages Cargo FWD 1 and Cargo FWD 2, fire protection loops A and B. The EICAS subsequently displayed a FIRE FWD Cargo warning together with the audible fire bell and a Master Warning. The crew completed the fire drill and discharged the fire suppression system into the forward cargo compartment. The crew declared emergency and initially intended to divert to Cold Lake,AB (Canada), upon ATC advisory that Saskatoon was closer, the crew agreed and set course for Saskatoon. Enroute to Saskatoon the crew dumped fuel and landed safely in Saskatoon. Emergency services did not find any heat sources using thermal sensors and the aircraft taxied to the apron. After the crew had disembarked, the cargo department was opened, the discharge of fire suppression was confirmed however no damage detected. Maintenance subsequently detected a fault in the fire suppression system due to AFOLTS cards shorted due to water damage. The cards were replaced.
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