British Airways Flight London-Manchester: Smoke in the Cockpit

British Airways Flight London-Manchester: Smoke in the Cockpit
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Earlier this week, crew on a British Airways flight from London reported smoke in the cockpit whilst on approach to Manchester.

The issue at hand resulted in actions being taken by the airfield, with an overall status on the aircraft available.

Without further ado, let’s get into it…

SHT2P – London Heathrow to Manchester…

British Airways Flight London-Manchester: Smoke in the Cockpit
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British Airways Flight London-Manchester: Smoke in the Cockpit
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SHT2P is a routine scheduled flight between London Heathrow and Manchester.

The affected rotation involved in the incident was registered as G-EUUC.

As per data from, G-EUUC is a 22.3 year old Airbus A320 that was delivered to the airline in February 2002.

Of the A320ceo variant, British Airways has 65 of them in the fleet, of which all but three are in active service.

Furthermore, average fleet age for the aircraft type at the airline stands at 17.6 years.

SHT2P departed London Heathrow at 1609 local time on March 28 and proceeded north to Manchester.

As per reporting from The Aviation Herald, whilst on approach to MAN, the crew reported smoke in the cockpit.

From there, fire crews were placed on standby to greet the aircraft on arrival into the airport.

SHT2P from London Heathrow landed into Manchester safely without further incident.

Aircraft Back in Service Same Day…

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It is understood that the aircraft was inspected after landing, with crews showing no concern over the safety of the jet.

From there, passengers were allowed to leave the aircraft via the terminal and remained on the ground for three hours.

Following maintenance checks, the British Airways aircraft was cleared to fly back to London Heathrow from Manchester.

G-EUUC has produced no issues since this incident, operating 10 flights since.

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