Incident at GANDER INTL NL (CYQX)
2005-08-16: CBA Ottawa Update: The airline was transporting an F1 Race Car. The initial report was of an ?Acetone? smell; then, it was thought that the smell was of ?Methanol?. After the diversion, and the car located, it was confirmed that the smell was from the car. Car was removed and will be trucked to New York. American Airlines investigating as to whether the car was properly prepared for flight.
2005-08-31: C&BA Update: Dangerous Goods Inspectors are conducting an investigiation into the incident and will be forwarding the results to the appropriate authorities.
2005-08-15: At 1657Z AAL90 Boeing 777-200 enroute from Chicago (KORD) to London (EGLL) reported an odor present throughout the aircraft and requested to divert to Gander (CYQX). Cleared as requested. At 1712Z AAL90 declared an emergency. Aircraft requested, after landing, to be parked away from the terminal building and to have someone standby to open the doors and cargo space. Fumes appeared not be smoke or fuel related. Aircraft landed safely at 1729Z. Passengers deplaned normally. TSB Closed.
2005-08-16: TSB Update: A05A0104: The American Airlines Boeing 777-200, operating as AAL90, was 45 NM North West of St. Anthony, NL at 1657 UTC when the crew contacted Gander ACC and requested to divert there due to an unidentified odor throughout the aircraft cabin. The aircraft was cleared as requested. At 1712 UTC the crew declared an emergency and requested that after landing they be parked away from the terminal building and to have someone present to open the doors and cargo space. The crew stated the fumes did not appear to be smoke or fuel related. The aircraft landed safely at 1729 UTC and the passengers deplaned normally. It was determined that the smell was coming from a miniature racecar located in the forward cargo hold. Maintenance located some residual racing fuel in the area of the filling port and it is likely that the tank was not completely purged before shipping. Fuel vapors were detected after the aircraft passed through turbulence. The car was offloaded in Gander and the aircraft departed for original destination
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