Boeing 747-436, G-BNLW
The aircraft was about 2 hours from its destination, when the flight crew and some members of the cabin crew smelt an “acrid, electrical burning smell”. Flames and smoke were then reported to be emanating from an item of IFE equipment located in the Galley 4 area. The cabin crew tackled the fire with BCF extinguishers but had difficulty due to continual re-ignition of the fire. It was subsequently considered that the unit had not been electrically isolated during the event and the operator has accordingly made several internal safety recommendations regarding both cabin and flight crew procedures and training.
Boeing 747-436, G-BNLW 04-14.pdf (295.50 kb)
Date of occurrence: 14 October 2013