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The ATSB is investigating in-flight smoke in the cockpit involving Virgin Australia ATR-GIE Avions de Transport Régional ATR72, VH-VPJ, near Williamtown Airport, New South Wales, on 22 February 2017.

While in the cruise at flight level 180, the flight crew detected smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft diverted to Williamtown Airport. There were no injuries.   

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the flight crew, obtain an engineering report and gather additional information.

A report will be released within several months.

 
General details
Date: 22 Feb 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 14:56 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Williamtown Airport, NNW 77 km Occurrence type:Smoke 
State: New South Wales  
 Occurrence category: Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: Jun 2017  
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: ATR-Gie Avions de Transport Régional 
Aircraft model: ATR72-212A 
Aircraft registration: VH-VPJ 
Serial number: 1169 
Operator: Virgin Australia Airlines 
Type of operation: Air Transport High Capacity 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Nil 
Departure point:Port Macquarie, NSW
Destination:Sydney, NSW
 
 
 
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Last update 22 February 2017