An Air Berlin Airbus A330-300, registration D-AERQ performing flight AB-2050 from Dusseldorf (Germany) to Tenerife Sur Reina Sofia, CI (Spain) with 380 passengers and 11 crew, was in the initial climb out of Dusseldorf’s runway 23R when a smoldering fire started in the lighting of the forward galley.
While cabin crew extinguished the fire the flight crew leveled off at 6000 feet and returned to Dusseldorf’s runway 23R for a safe landing about 13 minutes after departure.
The fire was out at the time of touch down, emergency services did not need to intervene.
The aircraft taxied to a stand, where passengers disembarked normally.
A replacement Airbus A330-300 registration D-AERS reached Tenerife with a delay of 4:50 hours.
Passengers reported that heavy black smoke emanated from the lighting in the ceiling of the forward galley.
The airline reported that a smoldering fire in the lighting of the forward galley was quickly extinguished by cabin crew.