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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 2 January 1996
Time:11:00 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SB20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 2000
Operator:Crossair
Registration: HB-IZA
C/n / msn: 004
First flight: 1993-03-17 (2 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 Allison AE2100A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Flightnumber:LX731
Narrative:
While established on the ILS during an approach to runway 23 at Genève-Cointrin Airport, Switzerland, smoke was noticed in the forward passenger cabin.
A flight attendant noted a small hole in the floor with a bright light and smoke billowing from the hole. She warned the flight crew and went back into the cabin to fetch a halon fire extinguisher. After landing the aircraft was steered onto taxiway C where an evacuation was carried out.
By the time fire fighters entered the aircraft a 5 cm wide hole had burned through the floor.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE
The incident was caused by a short circuit in the cabin floor after a heating system isolation fault.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: BFU Switzerlnd
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 154 days (5 months)
Accident number: Nr. 1615
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Forced landing on runway

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Distance from Marseille-Marignane Airport to Genève-Cointrin Airport as the crow flies is 317 km (198 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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