Delta B744 near Shannon on Jul 3rd 2015, cargo smoke indication

Last Update: July 3, 2015 / 16:58:22 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 3, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
DL-73

Aircraft Registration
N671US

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

A Delta Airlines Boeing 747-400, registration N671US performing flight DL-73 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Atlanta,GA (USA) with 392 people on board, was enroute at FL320 about 100nm northnortheast of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew declared emergency reporting an aft cargo smoke indication, dumped fuel, activated the cargo fire suppression system and diverted to Shannon. The crew indicated they still had an active cargo fire indication but were dumping fuel and needed delay vectors. Air Traffic Control in the meantime, while advising emergency services, were unsure whether the flight was a cargo flight or passenger flight, Shannon Center subsequently requested the number of souls on board, thereafter Shannon Tower advised emergency services of a passenger flight with 392 people on board. In contact with Shannon Approach the crew advised they were planning to vacate the runway after landing and stop just off the runway. ATC became concerned with a survey aircraft at 1500 feet MSL as the Boeing 747-400 still dumping fuel was inbound at 4000 feet near the survey aircraft. The aircraft landed safely on Shannon's runway 06 (winds from 140 degrees at 19 knots) about 30 minutes later, vacated the runway and stopped past the hold short line, shut the engines down and instructed emergency services to not yet open the cargo doors. A tow truck was dispatched to the aircraft and towed the aircraft to the apron about 25 minutes after landing. Emergency services did not detect any trace of fire, heat or smoke.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 3, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
DL-73

Aircraft Registration
N671US

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

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