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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  
Location   (show map):Sydney Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Smoke 
Release date: 26 November 2013 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Discontinued Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
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
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Last update 06 June 2014