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The ATSB is investigating a smoke in the cockpit event involving Cessna Citation 560 aircraft, VH-PSU, 296km north of Brisbane Airport, QLD, that occurred on 26 January 2018.

The aircraft was passing through flight level 320 on climb, when the crew observed smoke in the cabin and cockpit. The crew conducted an emergency descent to 10,000 ft., and the aircraft was returned to Brisbane.

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

A final report will be released at the end of the investigation.

Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify those affected and seek safety action to address the issue.

General details
Date: 26 January 2018 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 6:28 EST Investigation phase: Final report: Internal review 
Location   (show map):296 km north of Brisbane Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Smoke 
 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Incident 
Anticipated completion: 3rd Quarter 2018 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 560 
Aircraft registration: VH-PSU 
Serial number: 5600515 
Operator: State of Queensland - Public Safety Business Agency 
Type of operation: Charter 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Brisbane, Qld
Destination:Townsville, Qld
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Last update 12 July 2018