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29 February 2024

Smoke alarms on Etihad flight from Melbourne

By Bindu Suresh Rai

An Etihad Airways flight incident is currently being investigated after smoke was detected on a flight after take-off from Melbourne.

In a statement, an Etihad spokesperson described the incident, saying: “When smoke was detected in two of the toilets on flight EY 461 from Melbourne to Abu Dhabi on 17 February, the captain decided to divert the aircraft as a precautionary measure and land in Jakarta in order to allow the authorities to assist him conduct a security assessment of the situation.

 “The flight landed normally.”

The spokesperson continued: “The flight resumed after a security search of the aircraft, passengers and their carry- on luggage.

“The captain implemented strict controls over passenger movement in the cabin, particularly passenger access to the toilets.”

The spokesperson added: “A further toilet smoke alarm occurred two hours before arrival in Abu Dhabi as the cabin crew were preparing the meal service.

 “The smoke was detected and dealt with immediately by the crew.

 “The captain decided to position crew members at each of the toilets which meant that normal cabin service was not possible.

“Service was discontinued and the crew continued to monitor and secure toilet access for the remainder of the flight.”

The spokesperson added that upon arrival at Abu Dhabi Airport, the passengers and the crew were interviewed by the local authorities after disembarkation.

He added: “The events that occurred during the flight remain under investigation and Etihad Airways is assisting the authorities to complete this as soon as possible.”