Event Details

Title:Cargo Bay Fire, Air Canada Boeing 767-300 C-GHML, Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario, 13 May 2002
Micro summary:This Boeing 767-300 experienced a cargo fire on approach.
Event Time:2002-05-13 at 2132 CUT
File Name:2002-05-13-CA.pdf
Publishing Agency:Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB)
Publishing Country:Canada
Report number:A02O0123
Site of event:Approach to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport
Departure:Vancouver International Airport, British Colombia, Canada
Destination:Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 767-300
Flight Phase:Approach
Operator(s):Air Canada
Type of flight:Revenue
Serious Injuries:0
Other Injuries:0
Executive Summary:The Boeing 767–300 aircraft (C–GHML, serial number 24948), operating as Air Canada Flight 116 with 8 crew members and 177 passengers on board, was on a scheduled flight from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Toronto/Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Ontario. At 2132 Coordinated Universal Time, while on final approach, approximately 10 miles from the airport, the flight crew received an aft cargo bay fire warning. The flight crew followed emergency checklist procedures, activated the cargo bay fire extinguishers, and declared an emergency. The fire warning light extinguished approximately 50 seconds after activation of the fire extinguishers. Flight 116 landed on runway 06L and stopped to allow airport firefighters to inspect the aircraft for indications of fire.

Firefighters, using infrared sensing equipment, did not detect any sign of fire, but an odour of smoke was noted by both the cabin crew and flight crew. The flight crew taxied the aircraft to the terminal but stopped approximately 40 feet back from the gate to allow firefighters to open the aft cargo compartment for a detailed inspection. When firefighters entered the cargo compartment, they encountered a significant amount of smoke but did not detect any other signs of fire. During this time, the flight crew had prepared the aircraft for emergency evacuation. However, the situation was secured and passengers were deplaned using portable stairs. The aircraft was taken to a hangar for further inspection; company maintenance personnel discovered substantial soot and fire damage on the floor of the cargo bay.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Cabin or Cockpit Smoke
Operations - Cargo - Fire or alarm
Operations - Maintenance


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