Cockpit smoke had caused emergency landing of EasyJet flight

Published on : Friday, September 15, 2017

easyjetSmoke suddenly appeared inside the cockpit of an EasyJet flight on account of an electrical fault that was known to the manufacturer of the airplane, according to an investigation.


However, EasyJet was absolutely unaware that 10 similar failures had been reported previously, as per the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).


The captain and co-pilot became aware of smoke and fumes just about 11 minutes after its take-off from Edinburgh with 172 passengers on board. They were compelled to out on oxygen masks, issue a mayday alert as well as divert the Airbus A320 to Newcastle.


The AAIB has discovered that the source of the smoke was connected to an overheated device converting voltage in the cockpit.


Airbus carried out certain transmit warnings about the issue.


However they were in a format utilized for ‘information’ rather than ‘instructions’. The inquiry also brought to light that another ‘large UK operator’ also failed to regularly study the messages.


EasyJet feels that the defect might have been classified as a safety issue and had to be communicated to air-carriers in higher-profile alerts.


Both the airline and the aircraft manufacture wished to intend ‘further safety action’ as declared by the AAIB. In addition, there had been a three-minute delay in the co-pilot being capable of communicating to the cabin crew owing to challenges using the aircraft’s phone system.


The incident had taken place on flight EZY6931 from Edinburgh to Hamburg in Germany on 28th November, 2016.


Finally, the plane had landed safely in Newcastle and the passengers were able to disembark safely.


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