Air India B773 near Bucharest on May 12th 2012, Mangos cause cargo smoke indication

Last Update: May 13, 2012 / 14:38:33 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 12, 2012

Airline
Air India

Flight number
AI-121D

Departure
Delhi, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-ALP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

An Air India Boeing 777-300, registration VT-ALP performing flight AI-121D from Delhi (India) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 303 passengers and 17 crew, was enroute at FL360 about 70nm northeast of Bucharest (Romania) when the crew received a cargo smoke indication and decided to divert to Bucharest's Otopeni Airport. On approach to Otopeni Airport the crew reported the fire warning had extinguished and advised they were ready for evacuation but would only evacuate if there is smoke or fire visible, otherwise would deplane using stairs. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway 26L about 22 minutes after leaving FL360 and vacated the runway via taxiway G and stopped on the taxiway. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke. The passengers disembarked normally via stairs and were taken to hotels.

The airline initially suspected a faulty smoke detector produced a false alert, an examination later revealed a load of Mangos in the cargo bay. The reasons for the fumes setting off the smoke detector probably were chemicals used to ripen the fruits, the airline explained.

The aircraft departed Bucharest 28 hours after landing and reached Frankfurt with a delay of 29 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
May 12, 2012

Airline
Air India

Flight number
AI-121D

Departure
Delhi, India

Aircraft Registration
VT-ALP

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-300

ICAO Type Designator
B773

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