First Officer’s Hot Seat on Air Transat A310

An Air Transat Airbus A310-300, registration C-GFAT performing flight TS-261 from Barcelona, SP (Spain) to Montreal, QC (Canada) with 219 people on board, was en route at FL340 about 140nm east of Gander,NL (Canada) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to St. John’s,NL (Canada). During the descent the smoke dissipated, however, an odour of burnt plastics remained. The aircraft landed safely on St. John’s runway 29 about 25 minutes after initiating the diversion.

The Canadian TSB reported maintenance found an electrical fault in the first officer’s seat adjustment system.

A replacement A310-300 registration C-GSAT reached Montreal with a delay of 6.5 hours.


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