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While returning to Adelaide from Moomba, the crew of a Dash 8 detected smoke coming from around the weather radar. They immediately turned off the equipment, donned oxygen masks and made a PAN call requesting RFF services to be placed on standby. To dissipate the smoke, the crew requested a descent to 10,000 feet where the aircraft was depressurised and the forward outflow valve was opened. After ensuring that there was no smoke or flame coming from the radar unit, the crew made the decision to continue to their destination and briefed the passengers accordingly. Upon arrival in Adelaide the aircraft made a normal approach and an uneventful landing. The flight attendants were later sent for medical attention due to the effects of smoke inhalation. Maintenance investigation by the operator traced the fault to the radar indicator unit. This was replaced and the aircraft returned to service.
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General details
Date: 05 May 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:13 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Smoke 
Release date: 27 May 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-8-315 
Aircraft registration: VH-JSQ 
Sector: Turboprop 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Moomba SA
Destination:Adelaide SA
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