Incident at Gander Oceanic


2000-02-16: COA55 DC10 enroute Paris to Newark declared emergency and requested a diversion to St. John's due to a fire indication in the forward cargo hole. Both extinguisher bottle set-off and indication remained intermittent. Aircraft landed in St. John's on runway 29 and was closed for approx. one hour. Aircraft taxied to terminal ramp where passengers disembarked. TSB Case Closed. Update: The crew fired both Fire Extinghisher bottles and the fire warning stopped momentarily but then became intermittent. The aircraft was cleared direct to St. John's and landed 32 minutes later on runway 29 with ERS in position. The aircraft was brought to a stop on the runway and the evacuation slides were deployed because of the detection of a Heat Signature in the lower nose area of the aircraft which was picked up by the ERS Infrared equipment. However, this Heat Signature rapidly dissipated when the aircraft engines were shutdown. The evacuation was then cancelled. An external inspection of the aircraft was carried out and no evidence of fire was found. The aircraft was then taxiied to the ramp and the passengers were deplaned. No evidence of smoke of fire was found during the inspection of the Cargo Bay. The Heat Signature detected by the ERS was probably coming from the Air Conditioning PAC's. TSB file #A00A0021


CADORS Number 2000A0079
Occurrence Type Incident
Reported By NAV CANADA
Occurred At 2000-02-12 - 21:23
Day or Night?
Fatalities 0
Aerodrome ID
Aerodrome Name
Geographic Location Gander Oceanic, Atlantic Region, Gander Oceanic
TSB Occurrence Number
TSB Class of Investigation
AOR Number
Reported By NAV CANADA
Categories Other

Aircraft Details (1 aircraft)

Type Aeroplane
 Silhouette image of Aeroplane
Canadian Registration
Foreign Registration
Country of Registration Canada
Occurrence Type Incident
Make  Silhouette image of MCDONNELL DOUGLAS
Model DC 10
Year Built
Engine Type
Engine Make
Engine Model
Gear Type Land
Private No
Amateur Built No
Flight Number N12089
Flight Rule
CARS Subpart
Phase of Flight Cruise
Damage Unknown
Fatalities 0
Injuries 0
Events Fire/smoke (warning)

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