Etihad B773 over Indian Ocean on Feb 17th 2014, repeated arson in lavatories
Last Update: February 20, 2014 / 17:12:54 GMT/Zulu time
The aircraft continued the flight after about 4 hours on the ground with all passengers aboard and reached Abu Dhabi with a delay of 4:15 hours, however, not without three more fire incidents after which the captain ordered cabin crew to stop all cabin service and guard the lavatories instead until landing in Abu Dhabi.
The airline confirmed multiple disruptions on the flight prompting the diversion to Jakarta. No arrests have been made, about a dozen passengers were detained by UAE police after arrival in Abu Dhabi however for further interviews.
Passengers reported there were sirens and flashing red lights going on and odour of smoke was noticed throughout the aircraft, with smoke visibly coming from first one then another lavatory. Breakfast service was stopped while the aircraft diverted to Jakarta. Passengers were upset about the flight being continued without the arsonist being identified and removed from the flight. Gossip amongst passengers indicated a female had set the lavatories alight.
On Feb 20th 2014 the airline reported that the 12 detained passengers were all released again, as there was no conclusive evidence. There had been two fire incidents after takeoff resulting in the diversion to Jakarta, three more fire incidents occurred while enroute from Jakarta to Abu Dhabi.
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