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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 219362
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic E190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer ERJ-195LR (ERJ-190-200 LR)
Registration: G-FBEM
MSN: 19000204
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 80
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Serious incident
Location:near Dublin Airport (EIDW) -   Ireland
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Cardiff Airport (EGFF)
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (EIDW)
Investigating agency: AAIU
The aircraft was on a scheduled passenger service from Cardiff Airport, UK (EGFF) to Dublin Airport, (EIDW). During its final descent towards EIDW, the flight crew noticed a burning smell, which they described as “sulphurous”. The commander contacted the cabin crew, who informed him that they had also noticed a smell. The commander noted that the smell appeared to be getting more intense. The flight crew donned their oxygen masks, which had integrated smoke goggles, and declared a PAN-PAN (state of urgency) to Air Traffic Control (ATC). During the approach the flight crew experienced difficulties communicating with each other and ATC. They also experienced restricted visibility through the smoke goggles.
The aircraft continued its approach and landed safely at EIDW, where it was met by the emergency services. There were no injuries.

Probable Cause
Smell of smoke in the aircraft, necessitating the donning of oxygen masks by the Flight Crew, which compromised crew performance due to communications difficulties and obstructed visibility through the mask lenses.

Contributory Cause(s)
1. Smoke from wildfires on the Iberian Peninsula drawn towards Ireland and the United Kingdom.
2. Lack of a formal method to notify flight crew of such atmospheric conditions.
3. Propensity of the surface of oxygen mask lenses to suffer ‘blooming’.
4. Inspection frequency insufficient to detect blooming and environmental contamination on the surface of mask lenses.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation IRLD2018009 issued 11 December 2018 by AAIU to ICAO
Safety recommendation IRLD2018010 issued 11 December 2018 by AAIU to FAA


Photo of G-FBEM courtesy

Toulouse - Blagnac (LFBO / TLS)
May 2019; (c) T.Laurent

Revision history:

12-Dec-2018 08:31 harro Added

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