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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||0601 To 1200|
|Locale Reference||airport : sat|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Operator||common carrier : air carrier|
|Make Model Name||Large Transport, Low Wing, 3 Turbojet Eng|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Affiliation||company : air carrier|
|Function||flight crew : captain|
oversight : pic
|Qualification||pilot : atp|
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 175|
flight time total : 9700
|Function||flight attendant : on duty|
|Qualification||other other : other|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
non adherence : far
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||flight crew : overcame equipment problem|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
During taxi out at sat, smoke started coming out of an oven in the aft galley and filled the aft cabin with smoke. The flight service manager felt that it smelled like an electrical fire. She pulled the oven circuit breaker and the smoke cleared up. The circuit breaker remained out and there was no other problem with the oven for the rest of the flight. She did not notify the captain until 2 hours into the flight and at that point in time, her purpose was to let me know so I could write up the oven in the maintenance log. I explained to here that she must let me know as soon as possible anytime she has smoke in the cabin, even if it is during the sterile period and even if it begins to dissipate. I pointed out that good communication is essential to a safe flight operation and that I need all information regarding abnormal situations in the cabin that could affect safety of flight. An investigation by maintenance at our next stop showed that the smoke was caused by tape attached to the top of the oven insert (probably by catering as some type of label).
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: SMOKE IN AFT CABIN OF ACR LGT FROM TAPE ON OVEN INSERT.
Narrative: DURING TAXI OUT AT SAT, SMOKE STARTED COMING OUT OF AN OVEN IN THE AFT GALLEY AND FILLED THE AFT CABIN WITH SMOKE. THE FLT SVC MGR FELT THAT IT SMELLED LIKE AN ELECTRICAL FIRE. SHE PULLED THE OVEN CB AND THE SMOKE CLRED UP. THE CB REMAINED OUT AND THERE WAS NO OTHER PROB WITH THE OVEN FOR THE REST OF THE FLT. SHE DID NOT NOTIFY THE CAPT UNTIL 2 HRS INTO THE FLT AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME, HER PURPOSE WAS TO LET ME KNOW SO I COULD WRITE UP THE OVEN IN THE MAINT LOG. I EXPLAINED TO HERE THAT SHE MUST LET ME KNOW ASAP ANYTIME SHE HAS SMOKE IN THE CABIN, EVEN IF IT IS DURING THE STERILE PERIOD AND EVEN IF IT BEGINS TO DISSIPATE. I POINTED OUT THAT GOOD COM IS ESSENTIAL TO A SAFE FLT OPERATION AND THAT I NEED ALL INFO REGARDING ABNORMAL SITUATIONS IN THE CABIN THAT COULD AFFECT SAFETY OF FLT. AN INVESTIGATION BY MAINT AT OUR NEXT STOP SHOWED THAT THE SMOKE WAS CAUSED BY TAPE ATTACHED TO THE TOP OF THE OVEN INSERT (PROBABLY BY CATERING AS SOME TYPE OF LABEL).
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.