Arabia A320 near Riyadh on Mar 17th 2016, cargo smoke indication, delayed emergency services prompt evacuation
Last Update: May 15, 2018 / 15:30:06 GMT/Zulu time
The airline reported the cargo smoke indication was identified false.
On Mar 25th 2016 the French BEA reported that Saudi Arabia's Accident Investigation Board (SAAIB) rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation. The crew had received a cargo smoke indication for the aft cargo bay and diverted to Riyadh where the aircraft was evacuated.
In 2018 the SAAIB reported that the crew received numerous smoke indications for the forward and aft cargo bays. The captain discharged a fire bottle into the cargo area and diverted to Riyadh for a safe landing. The SAAIB stated however: "The aircraft landed safely but the Fire Rescue Service (FRS) was not readily available to meet the aircraft resulting in the emergency evacuation of the aircraft, deploying the emergency slides. No injuries were reported." The investigation determined that all indications were false, however, led the flight crew to believe there was an ongoing fire in the cargo holds. Due to the delay in the response of emergency services as well as what was believed to be a strong odour in the aft galley the captain initiated the evacuation. The odour originated from a galley cart that was missing a lid allowing a strong odour to escape near the R2 door.
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