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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143731
Last updated: 16 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-236
Owner/operator:British Airways
Registration: G-CPEM
MSN: 28665/747
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 183
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Barcelona Airport, Barcelona -   Spain
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London-Heathrow (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:Barcelona Airport (BCN/LEBL)
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
On August 2, 2009, at about 0750 UTC, a British Airways Boeing 757-236, registration number G-CPEM, declared an emergency during descent into Barcelona International Airport, Barcelona, Spain. The flight had originated at the London Heathrow International Airport, London, England. It was reported that, during the top of descent into Barcelona, a status message was seen on the flight deck along with smoke in the cabin. An acrid smoke was also smelled on the flight deck. The flight crew went on oxygen and declared a MAYDAY. The flight landed normally and the passengers were evacuated by emergency slides. There were 183 people on board and no injuries were reported.

3.2. Causes
The cause of the incident involving aircraft G-CPEM, a Boeing 757, was a fire in the static inverter caused by overheating of one of its components, resistor R-170, which affected adjacent capacitors. The fire in this element generated smoke in the cabin that led the crew to order an emergency evacuation. The fire source was contained within the protective box of the static inverter and did not spread or ignite any further equipment.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

13 Oct 2008 G-CPEM British Airways 0 London Heathrow airport non


Photo of G-CPEM courtesy

London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
11 April 2010; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

14-Feb-2012 13:09 harro Added
27-Nov-2016 21:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2020 14:10 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2020 14:11 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report, ]

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