At top of descent to Los Angeles, the cabin crew of the Boeing
747 aircraft reported smoke and fumes emanating from the cabin
ceiling located in the vicinity of the rear right side (R5)
emergency exit door. Smouldering paper tissues were found in an
overhead light fitting. Cabin crew removed the tissues and
discharged a fire extinguisher onto the light fitting, tissues, and
surrounding area. The cabin crew remained in the vicinity and
monitored the area until passengers disembarked at Los
The company reported that the light fitting is a "night light" and is always "on". The light has a blue plastic cover that should always be in place, but was not fitted on this occasion.
The investigation was unable to determine why, or by whom, the tissues were placed in the light fitting.
The company issued an "Important Information" bulletin to flight attendants advising that any visible cabin light fitting must have a protective grill or glass covering the bulb.
|Date:||22 February 2001||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||0500 hours UTC|
|Location:||111 km E Los Angeles, Aero.|
|Release date:||08 August 2001||Occurrence class:||Operational|
|Report status:||Final||Occurrence category:||Incident|
|Highest injury level:||None|
|Aircraft manufacturer||The Boeing Company|
|Type of operation||Air Transport High Capacity|
|Damage to aircraft||Nil|
|Departure point||New York, USA|
|Destination||Los Angeles, USA|