A Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration OO-TCW performing flight HQ-1513 from Heraklion (Greece) to Brussels (Belgium) with 180 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Heraklion’s runway 27 when the crew rejected takeoff at low speed due to smoke in the cabin. The aircraft slowed safely and came to a stop about 600 meters/2000 feet down the runway. The aircraft subsequently vacated the runway and taxied to a nearby remote stand, where the passengers disembarked normally via stairs.
The passengers there was yellow smoke coming from the right hand engine (CFM56) and an incredible heat developed in the cabin just as the engines spooled up for achieving takeoff thrust, the passengers believed the engine was on fire. Shortly afterwards the brakes came on abruptly. The captain instructed to keep the aircraft doors closed in order to avoid smoke entering the cabin and shut down ventilation and lights.
The airline stated there was no fire and no risk for the passengers. There had been an oil leak prompting the crew to reject takeoff. The passengers were taken to hotels. The fauly oil pump is being repaired, the aircraft is estimated to depart in the afternoon/evening of Aug 30th 2016.
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