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Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 19 April 2007
Time:04:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic A306 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300B4-622R
Operator:Qatar Airways
Registration: A7-ABV
C/n / msn: 690
First flight: 1993-03-11 (14 years 1 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW4158
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) (   United Arab Emirates)
Phase: Standing (STD)
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Narrative:
Airbus A.300 A7-ABV was undergoing maintenance at Gamco in Abu Dhabi. At night a fire broke out in the airplane. The fire was put out and further damage to the hangar and two other planes was averted. Nevertheless the A300's fuselage was gutted by the fire.

Probable Cause:

The fire was probably caused by either an electrical spark, or arc from a faulty light, or by an electrostatic discharge from paint spraying equipment while the aircraft was in interior painting works.
Contributory factors:
(i) The painting process could have generated a layer of flammable vapor close to the cabin floor which may have led to creating flammable vapor pockets under the polythene sheets.
(ii) The spread of the fire was probably exacerbated by the lack of fire extinguishers and the quantity of used paint cans, rags, polythene sheets and chemicals existent in the aircraft.
(iii) The non-adherence to the company procedures and standards pertinent to aircraft painting by personnel involved in the aircraft painting works.

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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