AAIB investigation to Airbus A320-214, G-EZWM
Smoke in the cockpit en-route Liverpool to Naples on 28 August 2014.
During the en-route climb, the caption AVIONICS SMOKE was displayed on the Electronic Centralised Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM) display and the crew could see smoke emanating from the right side of the centre console inside the co-pilot’s footwell. The aircraft diverted to London Gatwick Airport and, during the descent, the smoke stopped. It landed without further incident.
It was found that a component in a static inverter, powering electrical outlet sockets in the cockpit, had overheated.
Published: 16 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 28 August 2014