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While the aircraft was descending to land at Canberra the forward toilet smoke detector activated, the flight deck smoke annunciate light illuminated and a small amount of smoke was visible on the flight deck. The flight attendant confirmed there was no evidence of fire in the toilet. A slight haze was visible in the cabin with wisps emanating from the airconditioning vents. The crew continued with the landing and a normal disembarkation ensued. Oil was found to be dripping from the engine which was removed for rectification. The number 1 air/oil seal was found to have delaminated allowing engine oil to permeate into the airconditioning ducts. The seal had previously been repaired at the manufacturers facility. After this incident the operator determined to use only newly manufactured seals and introduced an in-situ pressure test of the seal.
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General details
Date: 25 October 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 20:02 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Smoke 
Release date: 22 October 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: The Boeing Company 
Aircraft model: 737-376 
Aircraft registration: VH-TJD 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Melbourne Vic
Destination:Canberra ACT
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