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On 21 August 2005, the Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission (ARAIC) of Japan notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) of an air safety occurrence involving an Australian-registered and operated aircraft, which occurred earlier that day at Kansai International Airport. The ATSB appointed an accredited representative to participate in the investigation into the occurrence, in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

On 20 August 2005, an A330 aircraft, registered VH-QPE, was being operated on a scheduled passenger service from Narita International Airport, Japan, to Perth International Airport, Western Australia. The aircraft departed Narita at about 1238 Coordinated Universal Time, with 13 crew and 181 passengers on board. At 1405, while the aircraft was in cruise, the crew received an Electronic Centralized Aircraft Monitoring (ECAM) warning indicating that there was smoke in the forward cargo hold. The crew activated the fire extinguishing system, and diverted the aircraft to Kansai International Airport, Japan. At 1551, immediately after the aircraft had landed, emergency services personnel reported that there appeared to be smoke in the vicinity of the nose landing gear. The flight crew initiated an emergency evacuation of the aircraft. During the evacuation, one passenger sustained serious injuries and eight passengers sustained minor injuries.

The ARAIC is the independent Japanese government authority responsible for the safety investigation of aviation accidents and incidents in Japan. The ARAIC will publish the final report related to the investigation of this occurrence.

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