United B772 near Halifax on Aug 5th 2014, burning odour in aft cabin

Last Update: August 12, 2014 / 18:51:00 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 5, 2014

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-999

Aircraft Registration
N780UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

A United Boeing 777-200, registration N780UA performing flight UA-999 from Newark,NJ (USA) to Brussels (Belgium) with 233 people on board, was enroute FL370 about 80nm westnorthwest of Halifax,NS (Canada) when the crew decided to divert to Halifax due to a burning odour observed in the aft cabin. The aircraft landed safely on Halifax's runway 23 about 18 minutes later. Fire fighters entered the aircraft and inspected the aft galley, the passengers subsequently disembarked normally.

Passengers reported there was odour of burning plastics near the aft galley, presumably originating from a galley oven possibly as result of a short circuit. Two cabin crew arrived with fire extinguishers, shut the galley down and examined the galley. A short time later the captain announced that a fire in the aft galley had been put out and they were diverting to Halifax.

A replacement Boeing 777-200 registration N783UA was dispatched to Halifax and reached Brussels with a delay of 7.5 hours.

Neither Transport Canada (Transport Ministry), NAV Canada (Air Traffic Service Provider) nor the Canadian TSB (Accident Investigation) have yet reported the occurrence in Canada's reporting system, even though the occurrence made global media headlines reported as an open/raging fire in the cabin (without these media reports The Aviation Herald would not even have mentioned the occurrence until the Canadian TSB reported the circumstances of the occurrence).

On Aug 12th 2014 the Canadian TSB reported that the internal fan of the oven showed signs of overheating, after the inspection the aircraft ferried back to Washington. The crew had reported a fire in the aft galley oven, fire extinguishers were discharged, the aircraft diverted to Halifax for a safe overweight landing.
Aircraft Registration Data
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N780UA
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United States
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Aircraft Model / Type
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B772
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Aug 5, 2014

Classification
Incident

Airline
United

Flight number
UA-999

Aircraft Registration
N780UA

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

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