Wednesday,  August 5, 2020  12:44 am

Transat forced to turn plane around after fire on board

Transat forced to turn plane around after fire on board
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch:

A Transat flight was forced to turn back to Paris Charles Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport yesterday (Aug. 8) following a fire on board.

READ MORE: Transat files complaint against "highly abusive" Mach

Transat has confirmed to PAX that flight TS111, which operated between Paris and Montreal with 374 passengers on board, had to turn around after a few minutes in flight, after one of the ovens used to heat food started creating smoke.

"At the first sign of smoke, the flight attendants controlled the situation by spraying the oven," Debbie Cabana, marketing director, social media and public relations, Transat, told PAX. "The captain then made an announcement to the passengers to inform them that they had to return to the airport to assess the situation. Passenger safety was never compromised during this incident."

Situation under control

According to Cabana, once the plane was back on the ground, the firefighters removed the oven from the aircraft and conducted an air quality analysis on board. 

"The analysis confirmed that the air was not contaminated," Cabana said. "A few passengers mentioned that they were slightly inconvenienced by the smoke and were met by the paramedics."

The flight has been postponed until today, Aug. 9, with a departure at 15:30 local time. All passengers were transported to a hotel for the night.

Don't miss a single travel story: subscribe to PAX today!