Other Airbus A300B4-622R A7-ABV, Thursday 19 April 2007
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Date:Thursday 19 April 2007
Time:04:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic A306 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A300B4-622R
Owner/operator:Qatar Airways
Registration: A7-ABV
MSN: 690
Year of manufacture:1993
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney PW4158
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Other
Location:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) -   United Arab Emirates
Phase: Standing
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Narrative:
Airbus A.300 A7-ABV was undergoing maintenance at Gamco in Abu Dhabi. At night a fire broke out in the airplane. The fire was put out and further damage to the hangar and two other planes was averted. Nevertheless the A300's fuselage was gutted by the fire.

The fire was probably caused by either an electrical spark, or arc from a faulty light, or by an electrostatic discharge from paint spraying equipment while the aircraft was in interior painting works.
Contributory factors:
(i) The painting process could have generated a layer of flammable vapor close to the cabin floor which may have led to creating flammable vapor pockets under the polythene sheets.
(ii) The spread of the fire was probably exacerbated by the lack of fire extinguishers and the quantity of used paint cans, rags, polythene sheets and chemicals existent in the aircraft.
(iii) The non-adherence to the company procedures and standards pertinent to aircraft painting by personnel involved in the aircraft painting works.

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photo (c) Karl Krämer, via Werner Fischdick; München-Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC/EDDM); June 2001

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