KLM Boeing 777 from Cape Town to Amsterdam diverts to Nice after a cargo hold fire warning

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This morning (20 November 2017) KLM flight KL598 from Cape Town, South Africa to Amsterdam diverted to Nice Airport. After a cargo hold fire warning above the Mediterranean Sea (South of France) the Boeing 777 (PH-BVA) made a quick descent towards the French airport.

On the ground in Nice © Nicolas Galup

Andrew Watson, one of the passengers, explains on Twitter: “Smoke detected in the hold. Now disembarking in Nice.

KLM Statement:

Flight KL 598, Cape Town – Amsterdam, has diverted to Nice because of fire reporting in the Cargo hold of the aircraft. After landing, the aircraft was checked by the fire brigade, it turned out to be a false alarm. Passengers and crew have not been in danger.

PH-BVA is also known as Orange Pride, KLM’s unique orange aircraft to promote the Netherlands.

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