On January 22, 2004, about 0140 universal coordinated time (UTC) a Lotus Air Airbus A320-214, Egyptian registry SU-LBE, experienced an auxilliary power unit (APU) compartment fire while on approach to Charles De Gaulle Airport, Paris, France. The airplane was owned and operated by Lotus Air, Cairo, Egypt, under the pertinent commercial provisions of the Egyptian civil aviation regulations. The airplane sustained substantial damage. None of the 2 flight crew, 1 additional crew, 3 flight attendants, or 135 passengers were injured. The flight originated at Cairo as a nonstop flight to Paris.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of, and is being investigated, by the Bureau d'Enquetes et d'Analyses (BEA) of France. Additional information can be obtained from the BEA at:

Batiment 153
Aeroport Le Bourget
93352 LeBoruget Cedex

Telephone 33 1 49 92 72 72

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