Swiss A333 enroute on Jul 11th 2023, unusual odour in cockpit and cabin

Last Update: October 11, 2023 / 14:30:26 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 11, 2023

Classification
Incident

Flight number
LX-18

Aircraft Registration
HB-JHL

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration HB-JHL performing flight LX-18 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Newark,NJ (USA), was enroute at FL340 about 70nm southeast of London Heathrow,EN (UK) when the crew decided descend the aircraft to FL100 and turn around due to unusual odour in cockpit and cabin. The aircraft levelled off at FL100 about 15 minutes later and subsequently diverted to Paris Charles de Gaulle, where the aircraft landed without further incident about 50 minutes after leaving FL340.

The airline reported the aircraft diverted due to an unusual odour in cockpit and cabin.

The aircraft is currently still on the ground in Paris about 3 hours after landing.

On Oct 11th 2023 Switzerland's SUST reported they opened an investigation into the occurrence rated a serious incident stating: "During an inflight emergency due to a smell event of unknown nature, the cabin crew had to wear protective breathing equipment (PBE) as a precautionary measure. Some of the respirators were damaged after difficult removal from the vacuum packaging and could no longer fulfill their protective function."
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
HB-JHL
Country of Registration
Switzerland
Date of Registration
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Certification Basis
Airworthyness Category
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Legal Basis
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Manufacturer
AIRBUS S.A.S.
Aircraft Model / Type
A330-343
ICAO Aircraft Type
A333
Year of Manufacture
Serial Number
Aircraft Address / Mode S Code (HEX)
Max. Operational Passenger Seating Capacity (MOPSC), indicative
Minimum Crew
Maximum Take off Mass (MTOM) [kg]
Engine Count
Engine
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Main Owner
Main Operator
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 11, 2023

Classification
Incident

Flight number
LX-18

Aircraft Registration
HB-JHL

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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