Suspected Fire in Galley, Smoke Forces Emergency Landing
While en route from London Heathrow Airport to JFK Airport, New York, in the initial part of British Airways flight BA-179, the captain of a Boeing 777-36 was called by the senior cabin crew member to inform him of a suspected fire in the aft galley
• • •
The incident began on August 24, 2019, at 5:40 p.m. The flight was a commercial air transport (passenger), with a crew of 17 and with 302 passengers onboard the aircraft. The crew declared PAN PAN, as they suspected the fire was in the aft cabin.
Shortly afterward, a cabin crew member confirmed that blue smoke was emanating from the oven unit. The cabin crew carried out their fire drill, and the flight crew completed the “smoke, fire, or fumes” checklist. The flight crew then informed ATC (Air Traffic Control) of the event.
After electrically isolating the aft galley, the rate of smoke production reduced; however, smoke still remained in the area
The captain made the decision to divert to Shannon, Ireland, where an uneventful overweight landing and disembarkation took place.
VisionSafe.com reports that:
The crew decided to divert to Shannon and dump fuel while heading direct toward to Shannon’s approach fix for the ILS runway 24. The aircraft entered a hold at FL060 to complete dumping fuel and continued for a safe landing on runway 24 about 35 minutes after leaving FL340. Emergency services checked the aircraft, but found no trace of fire, heat or smoke. The aircraft taxied to the apron.
Passengers reported an acrid burning odor developed in the aft cabin. It was believed a galley oven in the aft galley emitted the odor and smoke. Cabin crew disconnected electrical power from the galleys. They were taken to hotels and rebooked onto other flights.
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 5 hours, then positioned to London Gatwick.
There were no injuries to any of the passengers. Examination of the aft galley oven by the operator’s engineers found that an electrical fault in an oven fan unit had caused the smoke. The fan unit was replaced and the aircraft returned to service. No further investigation of the oven fan unit was conducted by the operator.
Founded in 1988, the TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis System solves hurdles every investigator faces
TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Training System takes an investigator beyond his or her knowledge to think outside the box. Backed with extensive research in human performance, incident investigation, and root cause analysis, TapRooT® is a global leader in improved investigation effectiveness and productivity, stopping finger-pointing and blame, improving equipment reliability, and fixing operating problems.
System Improvements, the creator of the TapRooT® System, has a team of investigators and instructors with years of extensive training ready to offer assistance worldwide. We also offer ongoing support to our clients through free newsletters and root cause tip videos, the root cause analysis blog, and our annual Global TapRooT® Summit.
Register for a TapRooT® Course
Register for one of our TapRooT® courses. We offer a 2-Day TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course and a 5-Day TapRooT® Advanced Root Cause Analysis Team Leader Course. Contact us or call us at 865.539.2139 about having a course at your site or for further root cause analysis training opportunities. We’re here to help you find solutions.
Join Us at the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit
Look through the 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit SCHEDULE to browse the tracks. We invite you to learn more about the Summit below:
- View the 2020 Summit Brochure.
- Peruse and take advantage of the Pre-Summit Courses (March 9–10).
- Read the Summit FAQ.
- Check out the Summit venue—Horseshoe Bay Resort, near Austin, Texas.
- Save money! Register 3 or more attendees simultaneously for a discount. Also, save when you register for the 3-day Summit plus a 2-day Pre-Summit course.
- Use the Summit hashtag #taprootsummit to share your TapRooT® experiences—before, during, and after the Summit.