BAW A388 at Johannesburg on Jul 12th 2023, smoke in cockpit and cabin
Last Update: July 21, 2023 / 19:54:09 GMT/Zulu time
According to information The Aviation Herald received the occurrence was a "fume event". A number of members of the crew were complaining about dizziness and nausea and were sent to be assessed at a hospital. The aircraft had had a fuel leak about one week prior to that occurrence.
Passengers reported there was a burning odour in the cabin that became stronger and stronger, the crew told them about a hydraulics and landing gear problem.
Another passenger reported later that there had been smoke in the cabin obviously due to a fire/fault in the cabin, the flight crew instructed cabin crew to prepare for immediate landing, hence cabin crew did not attend to passengers. The passenger observed a trail of vapour of the wing tips, obviously the aircraft was dumping fuel. After landing the aircraft remained on the runway for a long time - during that time the people in the cabin began to feel unwell and hot due to lack of oxygen/air conditioning.
The aircraft remained on the ground in Johannesburg for about 30 hours, then departed for the flight again as flight BA-56D and reached London with a delay of about 30:20 hours.
On Jul 21st 2023 South Africa's CAA reported the occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated. The crew declared Mayday, Mayday, Mayday reporting smoke in cockpit and cabin and requested an immediate descent to 10,000 feet.
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