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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58461
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Date:11-JAN-2009
Time:12:10 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic A343 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A340-313X
Owner/operator:Virgin Atlantic Airways
Registration: G-VELD
C/n / msn: 214
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 156
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Shannon (SNN) -   Ireland
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London LHR
Destination airport:Chicago ORD
Investigating agency: AAIU
Narrative:
The aircraft was routing from Heathrow to Chicago on a scheduled flight. At approx 12.13 hrs, some 140 nm west of Galway, the cabin crew reported a small fire in the bottom of the waste bin storage compartment of the bar unit in the Upper (First) Class area. The fire was located in a hole in the floor of the compartment. The crew noted that a damaged electric cable loom appeared to emanate from this hole. Arcing was observed in the hole.
The cockpit crew turned off the Galley and Commercial power circuits, but the fire and arcing persisted. The Captain declared an emergency and diverted to Shannon, where the aircraft landed safety some 30 minutes later. During the diversion, the cabin crew used five 1 kg BCF extinguishers. These subdued the flames but the arcing persisted. After each application, the fire restarted after approximately five minutes. The observed flames were not large and were described as u201Clicks of flameu201D. After landing, the Airport Fire Service tackled the fire with a 5 kg BCF extinguisher, but a glow continued to be observed at the bottom of the hole. The Fire Crew Watch Leader discussed the situation with the crew and a decision was made to de-power the aircraft. When this was done the glow disappeared and no further arcing was observed.

Sources:

http://www.aaiu.ie/upload/general/11300-0.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of G-VELD courtesy AirHistory.net


Tokyo - Narita International (RJAA / NRT)
8 November 2013; (c) Danny Grew

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jan-2009 06:28 Alessandro Added
11-Jan-2009 06:34 harro Updated
11-Jan-2009 10:19 Certosino Updated
13-Feb-2009 10:27 harro Updated

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