December 8, 2022
An Emirates Airbus A380 filled with smoke after equipment malfunctioned in Guarulhos

An Emirates Airbus A380 filled with smoke after equipment malfunctioned in Guarulhos



Smoke covered an Emirates Airbus A380 at Sao Paulo International Airport (Guarulhos), after the plane’s power supply unit overheated. A video clip of the occasion shows the moment of the accident, which was supposed to have been recorded in the early hours of Tuesday, 1 November.

Sources close to the case told AEROIN that the ground power unit (GPU) had failed while the aircraft was operating while it was preparing for flight EK-262 bound for Dubai. Note that the device releases a large cloud of smoke and the professionals move around the front landing gear, without doing much.

There are no details about the cause of the failure. There were no passengers on board at the moment. That day’s flight was delayed by more than an hour, taking off at 3:10 a.m., according to data from tracking platform FlightRadar24.

A ground power unit (GPU) can be a stationary or mobile unit that can be connected to an aircraft’s electrical system while on the ground to provide 120 VAC or 28 VDC power. Ground power units usually consist of a generator powered by a diesel engine, but it can be found in other configurations.

Watch the video below.




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