On 19 April 2014, during the descent of Flydubai Boeing 737-800, registration A6-FEK, to Kiev Boryspil International Airport, Ukraine, at approximately 15,000 feet altitude, the visual display unit (VDU) of the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system at seat 9A started to emit smoke. Accordingly, the cabin crewmember moved the passengers seated in 9A, 9B and 9C to other locations.
The cabin supervisor switched off the power to the IFE system and advised the flight crew of the situation by interphone. Another cabin crewmember obtained a fire extinguisher and smoke hood from the forward cabin and discharged the contents of the fire extinguisher in several applications until the smoke diminished.
The captain, who was the Pilot Monitoring (PM), contacted Kiev Air Traffic Control (ATC) and declared a “mayday”. The captain commenced the ‘Smoke, Fire, Fumes’ checklist in the Quick Reference Handbook (QRH). While completing the checklist, the cabin supervisor called informing him that the smoke had stopped and dissipated.
The captain resumed his normal PM duties and handled ATC communications until the Aircraft landed uneventfully.
The source of the emitted smoke was the inverter printed circuit board (PCB) that was heated by ‘conduction’ heat transfer from the fuse.
The Air Accident Investigation Sector (AAIS) determines that the causes of the smoke that emitted from the VDU of seat 9A were: Gasses emitted from the printed circuit board (PCB) of the VDU backlight inverter board; the heat caused by increased current demand after the break in the secondary coil of the transformer followed by the failure of the primary side transistor components; and the failure of the fuse to open quickly and isolate the circuit due to its inappropriate rating related to the VDU application and possibly other reasons not determined by the Investigation.
A Contributing Factor to the Incident was that the material of the fuse might have helped in transferring heat by ‘conduction’ between the fuse and the PCB of the backlight inverter board.Download Report
This is very scary to me.i have heard of another airplane that experienced problems with the onboard flight entertainment system too. Something with the wiring etc, too. If it were up to me I would get rid of those entertainment systems before they malfunction again. Really people these days have their own entertainment when they travel. Let’s be safe not sorry. Prevent any possibility of malfunction in things, all things, we can in every aircraft. And if possible, at say, do away with the whole thing if it is NOT A NECESSARY COMPONENT TO THE AIRPLANE!