WDL B462 at Cologne on Dec 18th 2014, autopilot failure and smoke in cockpit

Last Update: December 20, 2014 / 19:51:30 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 18, 2014

Classification
Incident

Aircraft Registration
D-AWUE

ICAO Type Designator
B462

A WDL Flugdienst British Aerospace BAe 146-200 on behalf of HOP!, registration D-AWUE performing positioning flight A5-8212 from Cologne/Bonn (Germany) to an unknown destination with 4 crew, was climbing through FL230 when smell of smoke was noticed on the flight deck shortly followed by the autopilot disconnecting by itself. Both flight crew donned their oxygen masks, the aircraft stopped the climb and returned to Cologne for a safe landing about 45 minutes after departure. There were no injuries, the two flight attendants were taken to a hospital however.

Germany's BFU dispatched an investigator on site.

Preliminary examination suggests the computer of the autopilot, located in the electronic compartment of the aircraft, suffered a technical fault.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 18, 2014

Classification
Incident

Aircraft Registration
D-AWUE

ICAO Type Designator
B462

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