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At approximately 0400 Eastern Standard Time today the Australian Transport Safety Bureau was notified of a in-flight windscreen fire in an Airbus A330 aircraft that was en route from Osaka, Japan to Coolangatta, Australia.

The incident occurred at about 0220 and the flight crew diverted to Guam where the 13 crew and 185 passengers disembarked safely. There are no reported injuries.

The ATSB has commenced an investigation in accordance with International Civil Aviation Organization Annex 13 on the understanding that the event took place over international waters. The ATSB has notified the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the French Bureau dEnquétes et dAnalyses pour la sécurité de laviation civile (BEA).

A team of investigators including operations, electrical engineer and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer will travel to Guam this morning to commence the investigation.

Any further inquiries should be directed to the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

Media contact: 1800 020 616
 
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Last update 01 April 2011