American Eagle CRJ7 at Peoria on Jul 18th 2012, smoke in cabin

Last Update: April 12, 2013 / 08:59:59 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 18, 2012

Classification
Accident

Flight number
MQ-3773

Aircraft Registration
N502AE

Aircraft Type
Canadair CRJ-700

ICAO Type Designator
CRJ7

An American Eagle Canadair CRJ-700, registration N502AE performing flight MQ-3773 from Denver,CO to Chicago O'Hare,IL (USA) with 53 passengers and 4 crew, was on approach to Chicago O'Hare at 11,000 feet when the crew decided to divert to Peoria,IL due to weather conditions at O'Hare. The aircraft turned around and following a left base established on final approach for Peoria's runway 13 when the crew declared emergency due to smoke in the cabin, a number of aircraft also diverting from O'Hare to Peoria immediately switched to other diversion fields upon hearing about the emergency. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 13 and vacated the runway, the aircraft was then evacuated. One passenger received an ankle injury during the evacuation through the overwing exit.

On Feb 12th 2013 the NTSB released their brief factual report stating that the aircraft was on a 3nm final to Peoria's runway when smoke was detected in the aircraft. After landing the crew commanded an evacuation, the main door and both overwing exits were used for the evacuation. One passengers received a fractured ankle as result of the evacuation. A post landing examination did not identify any obvious source of the smoke. The aircraft had been dispatched under minimum equipment list requirements with one air conditioning system inoperative, the remaining air conditioning system failed on final approach to Peoria, so that the cabin was supplied with ambient air. On final approach the aircraft overflew a large house fire.

On Apr 12th 2013 the NTSB released their final report concluding the probable cause of the accident was:

The emergency ground egress during which a passenger broke her ankle. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the environmental system, which allowed smoke from a nearby house fire to enter the airplane.
Aircraft Registration Data
Registration mark
N502AE
Country of Registration
United States
Date of Registration
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Manufacturer
BOMBARDIER INC
Aircraft Model / Type
CL-600-2C10
Number of Seats
ICAO Aircraft Type
CRJ7
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Engine Manufacturer
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 18, 2012

Classification
Accident

Flight number
MQ-3773

Aircraft Registration
N502AE

Aircraft Type
Canadair CRJ-700

ICAO Type Designator
CRJ7

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