Aviation safety investigations & reports

Smoke related event involving a Boeing 737, VH-YFP, Sydney Airport, NSW on 17 November 2013

Investigation number:
Status: Discontinued


On 26 November 2013, the ATSB discontinued the investigation as further information revealed that the source of the reported smoke was external to the aircraft affected and the crew considered it prudent to expedite a normal disembarkation of passengers. There were no anomalies found with the aircraft and the event was minor in nature.



The ATSB has commenced an investigation into an incident involving a Boeing 737, VH-YFP at Sydney Airport, New South Wales on 17 November 2013.

During unloading, the flight crew detected smoke in the cockpit. The flight crew requested assistance from the aviation rescue and fire fighting services (ARFF) and passenger disembarkation was expedited.  Ground staff were not initially notified of the event and continued with their duties. Soon after, they were advised and instructed to move clear of the aircraft. Engineering personnel inspected the aircraft, with nil issues found.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew and obtain relevant information.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 17 November 2013   Investigation status: Discontinued  
Time: 13:45 ESuT   Investigation level: Short - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Sydney Airport    
State: New South Wales   Occurrence type: Smoke  
Release date: 26 November 2013   Occurrence category: Incident  
Report status: Discontinued   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company  
Aircraft model 737  
Aircraft registration VH-YFP  
Serial number 41011  
Operator Virgin Australia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Nil  
Departure point Brisbane, Qld  
Destination Sydney, NSW  
Last update 14 November 2018