An Etihad Boeing 777-300, registration A6-ETR performing flight EY-450 (dep Oct 13th) from Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) to Sydney,NS (Australia) with 349 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 290nm northnorthwest of Adelaide,SA (Australia) when the crew received a cargo smoke indication and diverted the aircraft to Adelaide. Cabin crew were just serving breakfast when they terminated the service and rapidly prepared the cabin for landing. The aircraft landed on Adelaide’s runway 23 about 50 minutes later. The aircraft vacated the runway and stopped on a taxiway, where passengers disembarked via stairs.
The passengers were rebooked onto other domestic flights from Adelaide to Sydney.
The occurrence aircraft was still on the ground and being checked in Adelaide about 25 hours after landing. The airline later reported a recirculation fan in the cargo hold caused the smoke indication.
Have a listen to this recording and note the tone of the crew. Witness the distinct tone of exasperation from the crew when arrangements to evacuate the aircraft aren’t being progressed as expeditiously as might be expected in the circumstances.
The audio clip has been edited and covers a period of over 2 hours.