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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188893
Last updated: 25 July 2017
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Date:24-JUL-2016
Time:15:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-232
Owner/operator:TransAsia Airways
Registration: B-22317
C/n / msn: 2376
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 107
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: None
Category:Incident
Location:betwen Taichung and Macau -   Taiwan
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taichung Airport (TXG/RCLG)
Destination airport:Macau Airport (MFM/VMMC)
Investigating agency: Aviation Safety Council (ASC)
Narrative:
TransAsia Airways flight GE367, an Airbus A320 aircraft, registration number B-22317, took off from Taichung Airport at 14:48 Taipei local time for Macau Airport. After level flight, a cabin crew member saw smoke emanating from the water heater with burnt odor in rear galley. She pulled out the circuit breakers (CB) of water heater and other galley appliances right away, then applied the Halon extinguisher to the suspected fire/smoke area. Then the smoke stopped. The Captain checked the status with cabin crew then confirmed that no more safety concern. The flight continued and landed at Macau at 16:04 without further incident. All 2 pilots, 6 cabin crew members and 99 passengers in total 107 on board were safe.

Findings related to probable causes:

The water heater emanating smoke was primarily caused by the thin external conductors of the water heater printed circuit board (PCB) resulting in a higher resistance and heat generation, and manually correction of the misaligned Faston connectors after wave soldering process may make flawed connection. The combination of higher resistance and flawed connection could have made the PCB accumulating high temperature then resulting in heat damage and smoke under normal operation.

Sources:

http://www.asc.gov.tw/main_en/docDetail.aspx?uid=318&pid=318&docid=766

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ASC
Status: Final
Accident number: ASC-AOR-17-07-001
Duration of investigation: 12 months
Download report: ASC-AOR-17-07-001

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jul-2016 09:20 harro Added
17-Jul-2017 06:18 harro Updated [Time, Narrative]
17-Jul-2017 10:55 harro Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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