Dec. 29, Honolulu, Hawaii / Lockheed L-1011


At about 21:15 Hawaiian time, a Lockheed L-1011 operating as Delta Air Lines flight 219, experienced an electrical fire forward of the flight engineers station while en route from San Francisco to Honolulu. The flight continued for an uneventful landing and there were no injuries. The flight was cruising at 32,000 feet msl in clouds when it experienced Saint Elmos fire – a discharge of static electricity. This activity lasted for about 3 minutes, after which an arc was observed at the location of the windshield heat wire bundle above the first officers side window. The crew donned their smoke goggles and masks. Two of the windshield heat circuit breakers popped and the crew opened the remaining breakers. The panel covering the wire bundle area was opened and a halon fire extinguisher was used. Examination revealed electrical arcing had occurred between the airplane structure, a clamp and a 30-wire bundle that passes behind the flight engineers station and overhead to the heated windshield.


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