Lufthansa B744 near Ufa on Apr 18th 2012, smoke in cabin

Last Update: April 20, 2012 / 11:03:59 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 18, 2012

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-729

Aircraft Registration
D-ABVS

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

A Lufthansa Boeing 747-400, registration D-ABVS performing flight LH-729 from Shanghai (China) to Frankfurt/Main (Germany) with 311 passengers, was enroute at FL340 about 80nm northeast of Ufa (Russia) when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and diverted to Ufa for a safe landing about 20 minutes later. Responding emergency services found no trace of fire, the smoke was identified as electrical as result of some faulty wires. No injuries were reported.

The airline's website estimated the flight to depart Ufa at 04:45L Apr 19th and continue to Moscow Domodedovo (Russia), those flights were all cancelled on Apr 19th. The website then did not show how the passengers would get to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa dispatched two Airbus A320-200, registration D-AIZJ and D-AIQB, from Moscow to Ufa as flights LH-9875 and LH-9879, which arrived in Ufa around 11:30L (05:30Z), the aircraft are currently enroute as flights LH-9877 and LH-9881 obviously heading for Germany, current position (11:00Z) already over Belarus 270nm west of Moscow. D-AIZJ landed on Frankfurt's runway 25C at 15:08L (13:08Z) and D-AIQB on runway 25C at 15:21L (13:21Z) delivering the passengers to Frankfurt with a total delay of about 20.5 hours.

The incident aircraft positioned to Germany on Apr 20th leaving Ufa about 44 hours after landing.

The airline reported the aircraft diverted because of an unusual odour on board adding later that the source of the smell was identified to be an overheating lamp in the crew rest bunk.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 18, 2012

Airline
Lufthansa

Flight number
LH-729

Aircraft Registration
D-ABVS

Aircraft Type
Boeing 747-400

ICAO Type Designator
B744

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