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Offline janlam01

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Air Canada 450, Cockpit/Cabin Fire (CYOW - Ottawa)
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:01:41 PM »
On December 4th, the pilot of Air Canada 450 reported what was fire in the cockpit, but ended up smoke in the rear cabin. The aircraft landed safely on Runway 07.

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I've attached below an edited audio clip under 11-minutes. I've included conversation from other aircraft and emergency vehicles when ACA450 was on approach to Ottawa. Note that some conversation/instructions/readbacks are missing due to multiple frequencies being monitored in the CYOW feed.

Timeline of the conversation (in eastern standard time):

12:30: ACA450 checks into Montreal Centre, frequency 124.275. Controller tells pilot to expect Runway 07 for landing.

12:31: Controller from Montreal Centre instructs ACA450 to descend 8000ft.

12:32: POE257 (Porter 257) also inbound to Ottawa checks with Montreal Centre. (

12:32: Jazz 8971 checks in with Ottawa Arrivals (Ottawa Terminal) on frequency 135.150, conversation in French. (

12:33: Jazz 8045 checks in with Ottawa Arrivals, conversation in French. (

12:37: Controller from Montreal Centre instructs POE257 to descend 8000ft.

12:38: ACA450 declares emergency with Montreal Centre. (Conversation in audio somewhat unreadable)

12:40: Controller from Montreal Centre instructs POE257, which was at the time behind ACA450, to reduce speed

12:40: Ottawa Terminal speaks with Jazz 8971 and Jazz 8045 to expect a delay in landing. Conversation in French.

12:41: Ottawa Ground (frequency 121.9) speaks with emergency crews (Red Vehicles) regarding the emergency for ACA450. At this point, one of the Red Vehicles assumes resposibility as "Airport Command".

12:42: Controller from Montreal Centre gives holding instruction to POE257 at waypoint LANRK (as per Capital Two STAR).

12:45: ACA450 advises Controller (presumably with Ottawa Terminal) that the smoke has stop. Controller then advises pilot to contact Ottawa Tower at frequency 118.8.

12:45: (Coversation in progress) Ottawa Ground relaying all relevant information on ACA450 to Airport Command.

12:47: Ottawa Tower advises POE253 that they are unable to "release him" for takeoff until the emergency aircraft has landed.

12:47: "Staff 31" speaking with Ottawa Ground requesting inspection of the runway.

12:48: (Conversation in progress) Ottawa Tower advises POE253 to taxi to another runway for takeoff (Rwy 32). Then checks in with Ottawa Ground for further taxi instruction.

12:49: (Conversation in progress) Ottawa Ground advises Airport Command that ACA450 was on a 3-mile final and there is no more smoke.

12:49: Ottawa Ground advises Pinnacle 4027 (operating as Delta Airlines) that they might have to change runways for takeoff (for Rwy 32).

12:50: Ottawa Terminal advises Jazz 8045 and Jazz 8971 that they are switching to Runway 32 for arrivals. Conversation in French.

12:52: Ottawa Tower instructs ACA450 to switch to frequency 122.675 to speak with emergency crews.

12:54: ACA450 advises Ottawa Tower that are ready to taxi to the gate.

12:56: ACA450 checks in with Ottawa Ground.

12:57: Airport Command advises Ottawa Ground that they are following the aircraft to the gate.

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Air Canada 450, Cockpit/Cabin Fire (CYOW - Ottawa)
« on: December 07, 2013, 08:01:41 PM »