Additional smoke in the cockpit events


By: 12newsnow.com

BEAUMONT – Engine problems forced the landing of a small plane at the Beaumont Municipal Airport Wednesday. Beaumont firefighters responded after being notified by air traffic controllers that Cessna was landing at the airport with one person on board and smoke in the cockpit. The engine problems are what caused the smoke, however, the plane landed without incident and the pilot walked away unharmed.

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By: http://www.cbc.ca/

For the second day in a row, a Disney-themed WestJet plane leaving Calgary had to turn back after smoke was reported in the cockpit. Flight 662 to Toronto turned back shortly after takeoff on Friday. “There was an odd smell, and then an alarm went off,” said passenger Becky Salmond. “The plane then began to turn around and the crew announced we would be heading back to Calgary. Everyone was very calm,” said Salmond. “The airport fire trucks arrived when we landed, and seemed to accompany us back to the terminal.” The Boeing 737 landed safely and no injuries have been reported. On Thursday morning, WestJet Flight 1402 to Phoenix — the same plane — had to return to Calgary with the same issue after taking off. It made an emergency landing after burning off fuel. Again, there were no injuries.

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By: http://www.cbc.ca/

A WestJet flight that was forced to turn around after the crew spotted smoke in the cabin and cockpit has now landed safely at the Calgary airport. WestJet Flight 1402 to Phoenix left the Calgary International Airport at 10:54 a.m. MT. The flight crew declared an emergency after seeing the smoke and turned back to the airport, WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer said in an email to CBC News. The fire department had responded with “multiple apparatus,” spokesperson Carol Henke said. The declaration of emergency was precautionary and did not necessarily mean the plane was ever in danger, Palmer said. “The declaration does two things: it establishes priority landing and ensures the availability of emergency vehicles if they’re needed,” he said.

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By: TED STRIKER

WIDEROE AIRLINES FLIGHT WF-831 MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING IN BODO, NORWAY, ON FEBRUARY 1ST. THE PLANE….

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Tiger Air Australia Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VNG performing flight TT-612 from Sydney,NS to Coolangatta,QL (Australia), was enroute at FL290 about 90nm southsouthwest of Coffs Harbour,NS (Australia) when the crew reported smoke in cockpit and cabin and decided to divert to Coffs Harbour. The aircraft landed safely on Coffs Harbour’s runway 03 about 20 minutes later, vacated the runway and stopped. Emergency services checked the aircraft. The passengers disembarked via stairs. The remainder of the flight and the return flight TT-615 were cancelled. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for 8 hours, then positioned back to Sydney but has not yet resumed service about 19 hours after landing. A ground observer reported that fire engines and ambulances were alerted for smoke in cockpit and cabin and were surrounding the aircraft when the passengers disembarked via stairs.

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By: Kelsey Landis

A plane carrying the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars landed safely at St. Louis Downtown Airport despite having smoke in the cockpit. The Stars 737 airplane took off at 11:52 a.m. to head to Los Angeles for their next game with the Kings, but less than five minutes into the flight had to turn around because of smoke in the cockpit. The team was in St. Louis for a Saturday night game against the Blues. The plane was carrying 50 passengers, the team and its personnel. St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department Chief Mike Mavrogeorge said the smoke might have been caused by an electrical issue, but that there was no fire. The fire department shut off electricity to the plane. Maintenance crews were inspecting the plane while another was on the way to take the Stars to Los Angeles in time for Monday’s game. The team tucked into a lunch they were supposed to eat on the plane while they waited in the Jet Aviation terminal. Stars spokesman Ben Fromstein said the team didn’t notice any smoke in the cabin. “Everybody is safe and that’s all that matters,” he said. The fire chief said his crew of eight firefighters is well-versed in responding to aircraft emergencies. Just recently they trained on how to respond to a 737 crash. While electrical problems are rare, “they do happen,” Mavrogeorge said. Cahokia, Sauget and Camp Jackson fire departments, along with MedStar ambulance, also responded to the scene.

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By: Brooke A. Lewis

A plane was evacuated Friday afternoon at George Bush Intercontinental Airport due to reports of smoke in the cockpit. A pilot reported smoke coming from the cockpit at about 3 p.m., according to the Houston Fire Department. The pilot requested emergency vehicles due to the possibility of hot brakes, Lynn Lunsford, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in a statement. The plane safely taxied to the gate. There is no further information available at this time. Two weeks ago, there was another scare at IAH. When a United Airlines plane was descending to the airport on Dec. 15, the nose landing wheels did not automatically deploy. The airline crew had to manually prepare the plane for landing. The jet, coming from Bogota, Colombia, landed without incident, Houston airport system spokesman Bill Begley said.

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By: http://www.wptv.com/

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Spirit Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Palm Beach International Airport Tuesday afternoon, according to airport officials. Spirit Airlines 151 landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport at 5:30 p.m after the crew declared an emergency and reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight began at Atlantic International Airport, officials said. It’s not clear how many passengers were on board. Fire officials are at the scene investigating the aircraft. There were no reported injuries.

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By: Stacey Readout

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A JetBlue flight landed safely at Jacksonville International Airport after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, according to an airport spokeswoman. The pilot called in an Alert 2, which indicates a possible issue that could be mechanical, technical or medical. It also indicates the pilot wants emergency vehicles on standby on the tarmac. The flight was coming from Boston to Jacksonville. No one was injured and all 130 people on board are safe. The airline issued the following statement: “JetBlue flight 1209 from Boston to Jacksonville requested a priority landing into Jacksonville out of an abundance of caution following reports of an odor of smoke during decent. The flight landed safely at 4:52 local time and customers deplaned normally.”

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By: George Hatcher

Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY-1348 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Stavanger, Norway, on December 16th. The Boeing 737-800 plane heading from Oslo, Norway, to Manchester, United Kingdom, was diverted after the crew noticed smoke in cockpit. The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained safe.

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By: aerospace.report

Denmark’s HCL reported that a few minutes after departure smoke appeared in the cockpit that increased in intensity, the occurrence had been rated a serios incident A Danish Air Transport Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-200, registration OY-LHA performing flight DX-31 from Bornholm to Copenhagen (Denmark) with 14 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing out of Bornholm’s runway 11 when the crew reported smoke in cockpit and cabin, stopped the climb at 2500 feet, joined a right downwind and landed back on runway 11. The aircraft was evacuated. The airline reported that maintenance inspected the engines (PW124) and found severe internal damage to the #1 engine. The engine was replaced. On Dec 15th 2016 Denmark’s HCL reported that a few minutes after departure from runway 29 smoke appeared in the cockpit that increased in intensity. The crew received a low oil pressure warning for the left hand engine and indication of 30% loss of torque of the left engine. The crew donned their oxygen masks, shut the engine down and declared emergency reporting smoke in cockpit and cabin. The aircraft returned for a landing on runway 11 about 4 minutes later. There were no problems with the flight controls or other technical issues. One flight attendant put on their smoke hood, the other flight attendant attempted to open the bag of the smoke hood without success. A passenger observed abnormal noise, sparks and a flame from the left engine just when the smoke started. The occurrence had been rated a serios incident and is being investigated by the HCL. Note to Readers Aerospace Reporter reports only on commercial flights or commercial operators occurrences involving airplanes with 19 passenger seats or more. The reports consider active flights, from entering the takeoff runway to leaving the landing runway. Other occurrences at the gate or during taxi are summarily dismissed.

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By: www.chicagofiremap.net

FRI DEC 16 2016 ~1:01 PM Chicago Fire Department Still and Box/EMS Plan 1 MIDWAY RUNWAY 13C Chicago, IL Chicago Fire Department standby for a report of an aircraft in with smoke in the cockpit. About 70 people on board. Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 Flight 385 destination San Diego returning to the airport, pilot reporting smoke in the cockpit Aircraft landed safely about 1:06 p.m.

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By: Bogdan Popa

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is generally referred to as “the phone that explodes,” but in the last few months, we’ve seen many other devices catching fire, including here Apple’s iPhones and other Samsung models. It goes without saying that the bigger the number of exploding phones, the more worrying the whole thing gets, and today Samsung’s getting all the attention. Again. With a different phone. A Samsung Galaxy S6 exploded onboard a China Airlines flight earlier this month, filling the cabin with smoke and causing injuries to the man who was holding it. The flight, identified as CI027, was heading to Taipei, when a Galaxy S6 burst into flames, leading to small burns to the owner, who quickly threw it to the ground. Flight attendants managed to stop the fire quite quickly, and nobody else was injured, but the cabin was filled with smoke, which obviously can’t make you feel safe, especially mid-flight. Samsung remaining tightlipped Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council has already started an investigation, but stated in a press release that the aircraft landed at Taoyuan International Airport safely at 2204 and everyone on board was safe. “After receiving the notification, Aviation Safety Council (ASC) sent the investigators for flight crew and cabin crew interviews, and removed the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder), and FDR (Flight Data Recorder). The event is identified as an aviation occurrence according to Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act, and with reference to ICAO Annex 13. The Investigator-In-Charge and investigation team has been assigned to this investigation,” the ASC said. Samsung hasn’t yet issued a statement on this, but the company is certainly looking into this case, so expect more information to emerge in the coming weeks. As for the causes of the fire, nothing is certain at the moment, but what’s important to note (no pun intended) is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn’t suffering from a widespread battery issue as it was confirmed in the case of the Note 7. Most likely, this was caused by physical damage or other factors, but this remains to be determined by the involved parties.

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By: www.aeroinside.com

An Easyjet Switzerland Airbus A320-200, registration HB-JXB performing flight U2-1234 from Budapest (Hungary) to Basel/Mulhouse (Switzerland/France), was enroute at FL380 about 110nm eastsoutheast of Stuttgart (Germany) when the crew reported smoke on the flight deck and decided to divert to Stuttgart for a safe landing on runway 25 about 30 minutes later. The airline reported the aircraft diverted to Stuttgart due to a technical defect. The 162 passengers disembarked normally and were bussed to Basel. A ground observer reported emergency services reacted to a call because of smoke in the cockpit, were in their stand by positions for landing and after a first examination of the aircraft accompanied the aircraft from the runway to the apron and were overall engaged for about one hour after landing.

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By: www.aeroinside.com

The KLM 1511 flight from Amsterdam carrying 54 passengers had been due to land at 4.50pm but declared an emergency two minutes before coming in to land. Smoke had been reported in the cockpit while on the final approach to runway 27 and precautionary emergency measures were activated. Fire crews from Earlham, Sprowston, Carrow, Aylsham, Dereham, Fakenham and Hethersett were put on stand by at 4.45pm. The aircraft landed safely at 4.52pm and passengers were taxied to the terminal and disembarked normally. By 5.11pm the incident had been closed and the fire crews were stood down. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said the alarm had been raised after an “electrical fault” on the craft.. A spokesperson for Norwich Airport said they were “delighted” the incident had been resolved safely.

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By: www.aeroinside.com

A KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ-190, registration PH-EZU performing flight KL-1155 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Gothenburg (Sweden), was climbing through FL310 about 100nm northeast of Amsterdam when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam reporting light smoke on board and advising that no assistance was needed and a normal landing would occur. The aircraft landed safely on Amsterdam’s runway 24 about 35 minutes later. A replacement ERJ-190 registration PH-EZS reached Gothenburg with a delay of 2 hours.

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By: http://en.news-original.ru/

The Boeing 777 airline Qatar Airways had to make an emergency landing in Zurich due to a malfunction in the cockpit. There for some unknown reason was smoke. Information about the incident Saturday, November 19, published by the Swiss media. The Boeing circled about 30 minutes over the landing strip, to burn off fuel and then landed at 11 am local time in Zurich. The plane was already waiting on the runway a group of experts from fire brigades. According to preliminary information, anybody from passengers has not suffered. At the moment, are the cause of the incident. The Boeing 777 of Qatar Airways followed the route Miami – Doha, the largest city in Qatar.

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Loganair de Havilland Dash 6-400, registration G-HIAL performing flight BE-6844 from Campbeltown,SC to Glasgow,SC (UK), was climbing out of Campbeltown when the aircraft experienced a hydraulic failure shortly followed by smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft returned to Campbeltown for a safe landing about 20 minutes after departure. A passenger reported about 10 minutes into the flight a hydraulic system failed, a short time later a fuse blew in the cockpit and smoke appeared in the cockpit. The first officer needed to manually pump the hydraulic system for landing. Emergency Services at Campbeltown including a life boat was on stand by for the return. After leaving the aircraft the passengers were taken to the terminal and medically checked for shock.

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By: Saurabh Sinha | TNN

NEW DELHI: An Air India aircraft flying from Kolkata to Delhi on Sunday witnessed a serious scare when the pilots reported fumes and smoke in the cockpit of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. They immediately switched off some non-essential electrical equipment in the cockpit and then managed to make a safe precautionary landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. “The pilots first saw some smoke in the cockpit and then there was a strong burning smell. They checked with the crew if the same was being reported by passengers. However, the problem seemed limited to the cockpit,” said a source. The crew then declared an emergency and proceeded to Delhi. En route, they followed the check list and switched off some non-essential electrical items. “Following this, the smoke and smell did not increase. The plane made a safe landing in Delhi. Passengers alighted at the terminal and then the plane was towed to a remote bay,” said the source. AI engineering then inspected the plane and immediately got in touch with Boeing. Preliminary check, said sources, suggested that the cabin air compressor(CAC), which pumps air inside the aircraft, of the cockpit may have failed. “We informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation who asked AI to carry out the repairs on Monday as they want to oversee what will be done,” said a source. AI has in recent days witnessed a number of CAC failures in its Dreamliners. However, Sunday’s was the first instance of smoke and smell being caused due to that. “We are expecting to hear from Boeing on this issue and see how this can be resolved,” said a source. In fact, AI’s troubles with the Dreamliners have erupted after two to three years of relative quiet. The airline saw about five instances of windshield cracks of the B-787 in past few months. The airline has sought compensation from the US aircraft major for the windshield problem. AI started getting the Dreamliners four years ago and has now got 22 of the 27 B-787s it ordered. “The first batch of this plane AI got had some technical issues. Then Boeing upgraded all our first few deliveries and the subsequent ones were delivered after making the required changes. Last two years were okay but now we are again witnessing a rise in issues regarding B-787. While the aircraft is perfectly safe, snags grounding the aircraft time and again means a huge loss to AI,” said a senior official.

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By: www.ainonline.com/aviation-news

The recent recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to its potential to catch fire has highlighted the threat that all lithium-ion battery-powered devices present, especially on board an aircraft. With millions of mobile devices in use, training crews on how to deal with this possible hazard is now crucial. Since 1991, there have been 129 incidents involving aviation and lithium battery fires, 17 percent of them occurring in the last year alone, according to FAA statistics (although not all of these involved mobile devices). Flaws in battery manufacturing, impact damage, overheating of gray-market batteries or overcharging by low-cost replacement chargers can all start a fire. While typical fire-suppression methods such as electrical-qualified fire extinguishers might temporarily extinguish the flames, they will not end the threat as the overheated device will flare up again and burn until there is no more fuel to consume. Another concern is that battery damage to a Li-ion-powered device could cause thermal runaway days later. Yet it is a tough call for a flight crewmember to tell a passenger in flight that their smartphone, tablet or laptop is about to ignite. “If it is heating, particularly if you are starting to see smoke, even wisps of smoke, it’s going to go,” said industry safety expert John Cox, the CEO of Safety Operation Systems, who has been studying aircraft fires for the past 15 years. “It’s totally unpredictable as to the severity of the discharge, so you have to assume that it will be a severe discharge and cool it.” In a presentation on Wednesday at NBAA 2016, he described how battery cells rupture and burn at more than 1,000 deg F, in the process ejecting flaming gel, spraying molten copper and emitting clouds of toxic, highly-flammable, ether-based vapors and smoke that can quickly reduce visibility in an aircraft cockpit. Cox recommends dousing the device in water, cooling it below its ignition temperature, and then securing it in an airtight containment device. He also advocates the adoption of new FAA guidelines, and the introduction of specific crew training to deal with the problem. To ensure cockpit visibility in a continuous smoke situation he recommends the use of products such as VisionSafe’s EVAS, which comes as standard equipment on the Gulfstream G650. Lastly he urges operators to provide proper protection for those who will have to deal with an exceptionally hazardous situation.

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By: http://www.myfoxzone.com/

LITTLE ROCK – An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Little Rock, Arkansas after reports of smoke in the cockpit. Flight 1134 was traveling from Nashville to Los Angeles before making the unexpected stop. There were no reports of injuries. The flight landed safely at the Clinton National Airport on Saturday. Actors Jamie Bell and Kate Mara were both on the flight and tweeted during the delay, talking about their frustrations with the airline. American Airlines responded to both actors, asking them to send a private message so they could fix the issue. American Airlines sent a replacement plane from Dallas to pick up the passengers and carry them to Los Angeles.

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By: www.dw.com

Smoke in the cockpit prompted a Lufthansa crew to don oxygen masks and land in Newfoundland, Canada. The 747-400 Jumbo-jet was on a flight from Frankfurt to Orlando with 345 passengers on board. The German news agency DPA and “Die Welt” newspaper reported Wednesday that the source of the smoke could not be identified after a safe landing. Lufthansa, like other airlines, recently banned the use of a new model mobile phone, the Galaxy Note 7, on its flights after Samsung recalled several million of its devices on fears that faulty batteries could catch fire. Lufthansa said the crew of 18 landed the airliner at Gander on Canada’s east coast while wearing breathing masks. “Due to the smoke, the cockpit crew decided to re-route the plane to Newfoundland and landed there safely,” a spokesman said. Destination Florida Tuesday’s trans-Atlantic flight LH 464 from Frankfurt was en route to Orlando in the southern state of Florida. “Die Welt” said emergency exits were not activated and it quoted passengers as saying the pilots had kept them well briefed during the landing, described by Lufthansa as “precautionary.” A substitute aircraft was provided to forward passengers to their destination, Lufthansa said.

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By: www.travelandtourworld.com/

An American Eagle flight had to be diverted to the Willard Airport on Tuesday 18th October after smoke got detected inside the cockpit of the jet by the pilot. The flight initially took off from the airport in Chicago and it was heading towards Arkansas. As the warning light started to warn about smoke inside the cockpit, the pilot had to request for an unscheduled stop at the Willard Airport in Savoy. The spokesperson for the Savoy Fire Department, Eddie Bain informed that the authorities of the Willard Airport requested the firefighters to gather at the airport around 5:30 pm local time after the American Eagle pilot requested to make an emergency landing due to ‘condition yellow’. The flight later managed to make a safe landing at the airport and the fire crew found minimal smoke inside the jet. None of the 53 air passengers and the flight crew members was hurt during the emergency landing. Willard Fire Department Captain Jason Brown informed that the airport authorities had to deplane the passengers from the flight after it landed. He also stated that the flight later took off for Arkansas around 9 pm local time on Tuesday, 18th October. This was the second time in a week, when the Willard Airport authorities had to prepare for emergency landings. On Sunday 16th October another Delta Connection flight hat to make an emergency landing at the same airport after facing a generator failure.

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By: CBC.ca

A Southwest Airlines flight in Louisville, Ky., bound for Baltimore was grounded on the tarmac Wednesday morning after a passenger’s Samsung smartphone caught fire and filled the cabin with smoke. Capt. Kevin Fletcher, of Louisville fire department’s arson unit, said a Samsung smartphone overheated Wednesday morning and began to smoke, which led Southwest Airlines to evacuate the plane before it departed for Baltimore. A spokeswoman from the Louisville airport confirmed to CBC News that the Southwest flight 944, a Boeing 737, was grounded then emptied 10 minutes before takeoff with 75 passengers and crew aboard. “A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device,” the airline told CBC News in a statement. “All Customers and Crew deplaned safely via the main cabin door.” Fletcher said there was minor damage to the plane’s carpet where the device was dropped. U.S. website The Verge reported Wednesday that the device in question was a Galaxy Note 7 that was powered down when the fire broke out. Citing the owner of the smartphone, it said the device in question had apparently already been recalled and allegedly repaired last month, after official warnings about the smartphones came out. Samsung, Southwest and American federal aviation-safety officials declined to say what model of Samsung phone was involved, saying they were still investigating. Samsung is in the process of recalling millions of Galaxy Note 7 phones because of problems with the battery. The company says it’s aware of almost 100 incidents in the U.S. in which the devices have caught fire. Many airlines have been advising customers to not fly with the devices, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officially advises against bringing the devices onto an airplane. Air Canada and WestJet have urged passengers not to use the phones on their flights.

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By: Express News Service

AN Air India flight was cancelled on Sunday after the pilot reported smoke emanating from an unspecified source in the cockpit when the flight was about to take off at the Pune Airport. The incident also led to blocking of the runway at the airport leading to diversion of two flights ,which were to land at the airport. The flight AI 854 was scheduled to depart on Saturday but was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon due to some “technical issues.” The incident led to cancellation of the flight and the 25 passengers on board had to wait for hours until they were accommodated in another AI flight. Air India and the Airports Authority of India officials denied that there was a fire in the aircraft. “It was a technical snag. While the flight was about to take off, the captain noticed that there was some smoke. The aircraft was then brought to the parking bay and inspected. There was no fire. Sometimes if the fuel is old it may cause extra smoke. We accommodated the passengers in another flight,” said Suhas Jadhav, Station Manager, Air India.

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By: James Masters, CNN

Australia’s Perth airport was at the center of a dramatic airplane evacuation Friday after the cockpit and passenger cabin began to fill with fumes and smoke. The Qantas Link Fokker 100 flight was traveling from Newman to Perth with 97 passengers and five crew on board. Emergency services were on the scene when the plane touched down at 11:36 a.m. local time. “At 11:50 a.m. local time this morning the Western Australia (WA) Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) received a call from Perth Airport’s fire service that a Qantas Link Fokker 100 had declared an emergency, with 102 people on board,” a WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson told CNN. “The Airport declared a full emergency and DFES responded for assistance with 10 crew,” the spokesperson said. “All 102 people on the plane were evacuated safely after reports of fumes in the cockpit and the cabin filling with smoke. No dangerous goods were detected on board.”

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A city-bound IndiGo flight from Cochin carrying 173 passengers onboard was diverted to Bangalore on Friday, where it made “precautionary” landing after a “smoke warning” was detected in the cargo hold of the Airbus A320 plane. As soon as the flight landed, the flight crew along with the airport fire services examined the cargo hold area but no smoke was observed, IndiGo said. All passengers are safe, it said. IndiGo confirms that its flight 6E-516 flight operating on Cochin to Delhi route made a precautionary landing at Bangalore airport this morning at 0745 hours, the airline said in a statement. While the aircraft was airborne, the flight commander noticed cargo hold smoke warning in the cockpit, it said adding keeping in mind the safety, the flight crew immediately discharged fire extinguisher which is as per the Standard operating procedures prescribed by the manufacturer. The Pilot-in-Command simultaneously informed the ATC and requested for precautionary landing at the Bangalore airport, it said. After landing, all 173 passengers were deplaned at the Bangalore airport as per normal procedure, the statement added. The incident is being probed both by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA and IndiGo’s safety department, the airline said.

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By: Kara Apel

A Delta flight at Nashville International Airport had to return to the gate after reports of smoke in the cockpit. The issue happened after the plane left the gate, but the flight did not take off. The plane turned around on the tarmac and later returned to the gate. Channel 4 is working to find out more information about the flight. A Nashville International Airport spokesperson issued this statement:

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By: www.aeroinside.com

A United Boeing 737-800, registration N76514 performing flight UA-766 from San Francisco,CA to Portland,OR (USA), was on final approach to Portland’s runway 10L still in contact with approach control when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit adding subsequently that the right hand engine (CFM56) was damaged. The aircraft was handed off to tower, continued for a safe landing on runway 10L, vacated the runway via a high speed turn off and stopped. The crew then indicated that both engines had been damaged and requested emergency services to check both engines out. The FAA reported the aircraft received minor damage when wing (singular) and engines (plural) struck birds. Has your flight been delayed or cancelled recently? If you’ve been on a delayed or cancelled flight or been denied boarding within the last three years you could be entitled up to €600 from the airline.

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By: www.aeroinside.com

A Condor Boeing 757-300, registration D-ABOK performing flight DE-155 from Antalya (Turkey) to Hamburg (Germany) with 224 people on board, was descending towards Hamburg when the crew reported a burning odour in the cockpit. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Hamburg’s runway 15 and taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail. The airline reported the cause of the burning odour is being investigated. The aircraft is still on the ground in Hamburg 10 hours after landing.

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By: NEWS 12 KPNX

GOODYEAR, Ariz., — Goodyear police and fire crews were at the scene of an aircraft that was forced to make an emergency landing on a dirt road in south Goodyear Saturday afternoon. According to police, the plane came to rest on a dirt road near Rainbow Valley Road and Germann. There are no reports of any injuries.

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By: thejournal.ie

A PLANE HAS made an emergency landing at Cork Airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit. Emergency services were on standby for the plane’s arrival, however the landing passed off without incident. The Aer Lingus EI3701 flight from Birmingham instigated a full emergency plan after the captain had reported the issue.

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By: Mississauga News, Jason Spencer

A plane coming from New York landed safely at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga Saturday after reports of smoke in the cockpit. Peel police received a call just after 1:45 p.m. from the crew of an American Airlines flight about the issue. All 50 passengers and three crew members were safely evacuated from the plane, which came from LaGuardia Airport. Police said there was no active fire onboard, but the source of the smoke is not known at this time. Pearson was the intended destination of the aircraft. Transport Canada will be taking over the investigation, police said.

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By: Harry Harris, Marc Vartabedian and Thomas Peele, Bay Area News Group and the Eureka Times Standard

Four people were killed early Friday when a medical transport plane bound for Oakland crashed in sparsely-populated forestland in Humboldt County, authorities said. Three women and one man died when then the plane went down on the property of a private timber company near McKinleyville shortly after taking off from Crescent City in Del Norte County. The names of the dead have not been released, but in addition to the pilot, a patient, a nurse and a medic were on board. It remained unclear Saturday if the patient was bound for a Bay Area hospital. The remains of the twin-engine Piper PA31 Cheyenne were found Friday at about 10 a.m.. It left a debris field over about a quarter mile of land, Humboldt sheriff’s officials said. The plane had lost contact with air traffic controllers early Friday after the pilot radioed there was smoke in the cockpit, officials said. The aircraft was associated with REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight, officials said. It took off about 12:29 a.m. Friday from Crescent City Airport, Jack McNamara Field bound for Oakland. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, at about 1 a.m. the pilot declared an emergency because of smoke in the cockpit and indicated he was going to return to Crescent City. But radar contact with the plane was lost about five miles northeast of Arcata Airport, the FAA said. Don Wharton, REACH Director of Business Relations, said Friday he could not provide the identities of those on board or other details. Advertisement “It’s heartbreaking, it’s very difficult,” Wharton said. Steve Morris Logging water truck driver Dennis Huffman, who was at the scene Friday afternoon, said he was called out that morning because the crash caused a “small smoldering fire.” Huffman said the main crash site was up hill from where wreckage had tumbled down and spilled onto the dirt road; he believed the crash was discovered by a mechanic driving along the road. On Friday afternoon, the road where some of the wreckage landed was taped off. The National Transportation Safety Board is set to arrive at the site Saturday morning. Eureka Times-Standard reporter Marc Vartabedian contributed to this story.

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By: www.avherald.com

An Emirates Boeing 777-300, registration A6-EGG performing flight EK-652 from Dubai (United Arab Emirates) to Male (Maldives) with 309 people on board, was enroute at FL330 over the Arabian Sea about 470nm westsouthwest of Mumbai (India) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Mumbai. The aircraft descended to FL310 for the diversion, on approach to Mumbai advised the smoke had dissipated, landed safely on Mumbai’s runway 09 (active runway 27) and taxied to the apron. Attending emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke. The airline reported EK-652 diverted to Mumbai due to a technical fault. The aircraft remained on the ground for about 5 hours, then departed Mumbai and continued the flight to Male, where the aircraft arrived with a delay of 6:15 hours.

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By: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/

A London-bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight was forced by smoke in the aircraft to return and make an emergency landing on Friday afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). According to a report from the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) operations division, PAL flight PR 720 took off from the Naia for Heathrow Airport at around 2 p.m. on Friday. Mid-flight, the cockpit indicators detected smoke initially in the cabin emanating from the air-conditioning system. Smoke and fire was later observed on the main landing gear forcing the plane to turn back to the Naia. PR 720, which had around 155 passengers on board, was able to return and land safely at the Naia some 17 minutes after it departed. As the aircraft docked at Bay 49 of the Naia terminal 2, Miaa fire and rescue division personnel were deployed as a precautionary measure. The Miaa operations division said PAL eventually cancelled the flight citing mechanical problems on the aircraft.

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By: www.wjhg.com

All passengers aboard American Airlines flight 3260 Pensacola to Miami, which had to divert to Panama City Beach due to smoke in the cockpit, have been taken by bus to the Fort Walton Beach airport (VPS) where they’ll resume their flight to Miami. Original story July 20, 2016 9:30 a.m. There were some anxious moments in the air for passengers of American Airlines flight 3260 from Pensacola to Miami after the pilots noticed smoke in the cockpit. According to FlightAware.com, at 6:34 a.m., the plane was just off the coast of Panama City when the pilots declared an emergency and diverted to Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The 50 passenger Embraer ERJ 145 was able to safely land at ECP at 6:53 central time. No injuries were reported. AA3260 is being operated by Envoy Air, a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Airlines which, along with other regional carriers, feeds the American Airlines network under the American Eagle brand. As of 9:30 a.m., the flight to Miami is scheduled to takeoff at 12:01 p.m. central time.

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By: au.news.yahoo.com

An electrical burning smell in the cockpit of an Air New Zealand flight to Sydney has forced it to return to Auckland. The Boeing 787, flight NZ103, took off at 9am on Saturday but was back safely on the ground 45 minutes later after crew detected the unusual smell. The Fire Service says the smell was reported to be like electrical burning. Firefighters were not eventually needed. Passengers were put on an alternative service. The airport says NZ103 would now leave at 1pm local time. Earlier this week, the same flight to Sydney was aborted on the runway after passengers reported seeing smoke coming from an engine. However, it turned out to be normal water vapour

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By: Dan Scanlan

An Allegiant Airlines flight with 166 people on board had to make an emergency landing at Jacksonville International Airport on Wednesday after smoke was reported in the cockpit, according to airport officials. Flight 749, outbound at 11 a.m. from South Bend to Orlando’s Sanford International Airport, landed safely at JIA about 1:30 p.m., according to Jacksonville Aviation Authority spokesman Michael Stewart. “It landed safely and went to the gate,” he said. No one was injured.

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By: Gregory Polek

Information downloaded from the repaired flight data recorder (FDR) retrieved from the wreckage of the Egyptair A320 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on May 19 confirms the existence of smoke in the airplane’s lavatory and avionics bay before its rapid descent, according to Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry. The Egyptian authorities also reported that recovered wreckage of the front of the aircraft showed signs of high temperature damage and soot. The findings appear consistent with ACARS data transmitted as the pilots apparently lost control of the airplane. The series of messages, sent over a period of three minutes, also relayed window sensor indications and problems with the autopilot and flight control system. Egyptian aviation authorities had turned over both the flight data and voice recorders to the French aviation accident investigation bureau (BEA) after they failed in attempts to extract any information from the heavily damaged devices. The Egyptian civil aviation authority on Tuesday announced that BEA experts had repaired the FDR and that repairs to the CVR would begin on Wednesday. In Cairo, investigators have begun decoding and validating more than 1,200 FDR parameters to start what the CAA called the next phase of reading and analyzing the data. Separately, the CVR remains in Paris, where the BEA continues its efforts to repair the device. Meanwhile, recovery crews continue to search for remaining bodies of the 66 passengers and crewmembers that died in the crash.

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By: www.tvnz.co.nz

The Hercules C-130 that declared a full emergency coming in to land at Whenuapai Airport in Auckland had earlier encountered a problem with its electrical generator. The NZ Defence Force said the issues developed while en route to Nausori in Fiji. Seven fire crews were at the airport after a C-130 Hercules declared a full emergency. The crew reported smoke in the cockpit and was dumping fuel. Advertisement Full emergency was requested. The aircraft landed safely. The NZ Defence Force said the smoke entered the cabin through the aircon system while the crew was attempting to isolate the problem with the faulty generator. “The C-130 can operate safely at full capacity with a faulty generator with no impact to aircraft safety,” it said in a statement. “Nevertheless, it is standard procedure to turn back to the nearest suitable landing airfield following situations such as this.”

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By Naheed Rajwani

An American Airlines flight from Mobile, Ala., was evacuated this morning after the pilot reported that the brakes were too hot when the plane touched down at DFW International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crew of Envoy Flight 3492 reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after landing at the airport about 7:45 a.m. Crew and passengers were evacuated after “possible flames” were spotted in a wheel well. The airport’s fire crews were sent to the runway to help. Despite reports of a fire on the plane, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said there was “no indication of a fire.” No injuries were reported, either. Maintenance crews are checking the aircraft to see if it’s OK to fly again, Feinstein said.

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By: ELLIE FLYNN

PASSENGERS were forced to evacuate an American Airlines plane using the emergency slides at Heathrow after a technical issue caused smoke to fill the cabin. The airbus A330 with 277 passengers on board was evacuated on the terminal 3 runway due to smoke in the cabin at around 12.30pm today. Fire crews remain at the scene after passengers were evacuated due to smoke in the cabin Most passengers and crew got off the plane using the jet bridge. About 12 passengers used the emergency slides to get off the plane a few minutes after boarding. Video uploaded on Twitter showed the passengers coming down the inflated slides and onto the runway. Fire engines were seen surrounding the plane as flyers made their way off. Ross Hiscock, 28, was on a flight that landed at Heathrow from Helsinki when he saw smoke coming off the tail-end of the plane next to his. He said: “I saw a lot of smoke come out from the tail-end of the aircraft. I wondered if it was normal, whether it was just exhaust fumes. “Then the door opened on the right side of the aircraft and crews deployed slides from the rear and the middle of the plane. “Next we wondered whether it was a drill, but then we saw they were real passengers. I saw at least one carrying a child. “It all happened in a matter of seconds. Everyone seemed to be okay.” Another eyewitness said around 10 fire engines, seven ambulances and a number of police were at the scene. He told the Mirror Online: “From what I heard there was smoke coming off the back engine of the plane and it set off smoke detectors which caused the emergency slide to be deployed.” A number of passengers and crew are being treated by medical personnel.

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By: Simon Hradecky

An Eurowings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AGWJ performing flight 4U-24 from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin Tegel (Germany) with 116 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Cologne’s runway 14L when the crew donned their oxygen masks and decided to return to Cologne reporting fumes on the flight deck. The aircraft levelled off at 2000 feet MSL and returned for a safe landing on runway 14L about 10 minutes after departure. A passenger reported that the aircraft stopped the climb shortly after takeoff and performed a low level circuit to return to Cologne, while on final approach the crew announced there was a smell in the cabin and cockpit, the smell subsided after takeoff power was reduced. Emergency services accompanied the aircraft from the runway to the apron where they disembarked normally via stairs. Seated in the aft cabin the passenger could not smell anything out of the ordinary. A second passenger reported the aircraft returned to Cologne because of the “smell of odour”. There was no apparent smoke or fire, aircraft was received by fire and medical services, the passengers were checked out but did not need medical assistance. Emergency services reported that an emergency doctor and medical staff as well as fire services were dispatched to receive the aircraft, there were no injuries. The entire crew, although not complaining about any health issues, went to see a doctor as a precaution. Representatives of the BFU were on site, first examinations suggest an engine problem rather than a problem of the air conditioning.

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By: Simon Hradecky

An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N142AN performing flight AA-1086 from Boston,MA to Miami,FL (USA) with 189 people, was climbing through FL330 out of Boston about 50nm east of New York JFK,NY (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to New York JFK. While descending towards JFK the crew reported it appeared the smoke was dissipating. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on JFK’s runway 22L about 25 minutes later. Emergency services reported smoke from the left hand engine (V2533). The crew responded they had experienced a #1 engine stall and smoke in the cockpit, but everything went away and they wanted to make sure everything looked good. The crew taxied the aircraft to the apron. Passengers reported there were two loud booms, the aircraft started to rattle, some passengers observed streaks of flames from the left hand engine, then smoke started to enter the cabin. The rattle, streaks and rattle subsided soon after. The airline reported there was a problem with one of the engines, the aircraft is now being examined.

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Skywest Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of Alaska Airlines, registration N219AG performing flight OO-3470/AS-3470 from Portland,OR to Santa Barbara,CA (USA) with 70 passengers and 4 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 180nm south of Portland when the crew decided to return to Portland reporting smoke in the cockpit. On approach to Portland the crew advised that the smoke had dissipated, the aircraft continued for safe landing on Portland’s runway 28L. The crew advised that no further assistance was needed and taxied to the apron. The airline confirmed the crew reported smoke in the cockpit, maintenance examined the aircraft to determine the cause of the malfunction. The passengers were rebooked onto another flight.

By: Robert Davidson

TUPELO,MS (WCBI) – Details this Saturday morning on the fatal Tupelo plane crash which happened May 16th . That plane went down in a field along Colonial Estates Road just moments after taking off from Tupelo Regional Airport. Two couples from Kerville, Texas died in the crash . Below is the National Transportation Safety Boards preliminary results of its investigation into the crash . NTSB CRASH PHOTO 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation Accident occurred Monday, May 16, 2016 in Tupelo, MS Aircraft: BEECH A36TC, registration: N60RW Injuries: 4 Fatal. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report. On May 16, 2016, about 0835 central daylight time, a Beech A36TC, N60RW, was destroyed when it impacted terrain in Tupelo, Mississippi. The airline transport pilot and three passengers sustained fatal injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that originated at Tupelo Regional Airport (TUP), Tupelo, Mississippi, about 0830, destined for Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport (BYL), Williamsburg, Kentucky. An instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to air traffic control recordings, shortly after departing runway 36, the pilot advised the tower controller that there was smoke in the cockpit and that they needed to return to the airport. According to witnesses, the airplane made a left, westbound turn, at an altitude of about 500-1,000 feet. Witnesses reported seeing the airplane turning back towards the approach end of runway 18. Witnesses also reported seeing the airplane in a descent with smoke and flames coming from the airplane before it impacted terrain. The on-scene investigation revealed that the wreckage, which was mostly consumed by fire, was located on flat terrain with trees in the vicinity at 34 degrees, 17.464 minutes north latitude, 088 degrees, 45.922 minutes west longitude. Tree cuts, commencing about 50 feet above the terrain, descended at an approximately 30-degree angle for about 165 feet along a heading of 110 degrees magnetic. All flight controls surfaces were accounted for at the accident site, and flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to their respective control inputs. The outboard portion of the right wing was found about 80 feet past the initial tree strike; it was separated from the airframe and heavily burned. The right aileron remained attached, but the right flap was separated. The left wing remained attached at the forward spar, but sustained extensive fire damage. One of the propeller blades exhibited S-bending and leading edge gouging, the other blades exhibited tip curling and aft bending. Examination of the engine revealed that the exhaust pipe was missing from the exhaust side of the turbocharger. A subsequent examination of the engine at a recovery facility did not reveal any other preexisting mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. Thumb compression was obtained on all cylinders, and continuity was confirmed throughout the drive train. The exhaust pipe was recovered by airport personnel from the runway, along with a fractured V-band retaining clamp used to secure it to the turbocharger, and small fragments of fabric insulation. The recovered items were forwarded to the NTSB Materials Laboratory where a preliminary examination of the V-band clamp revealed that the outer band was fractured at a spot weld, and that oxidation and deposits found on the fracture surface were consistent with the presence of a preexisting crack. The six seat, low wing, retractable tricycle-gear airplane, was manufactured in 1980. It was powered by a Continental TSIO-520, 300 horsepower engine, equipped with a McCauley three-blade, constant-speed propeller. The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land, multi-engine land, and instrument airplane; as well as flight instructor single-engine land, multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. He was issued a third-class medical certificate on October 24, 2014, and he reported 5,675 total hours of flight experience on that date. Weather TUP, about 2 miles south of the accident site, reported at the time of the accident included; sky conditions 5,000 feet overcast, 10 statute miles of visibility and winds from 130 degrees at 9 knots. Aviation Accident & Synopsis Query Page

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By: ANDY PASZTOR

Long before EgyptAir Flight 804’s pilots received an alert signaling smoke in a vital electronics compartment, U.S. safety watchdogs documented that such warnings on that airliner model were frequently erroneous and sometimes prompted unnecessary and risky cockpit responses. According to people familiar with the probe into this month’s crash of the Airbus Group SE A320, investigators are trying to determine whether the pilots reacted to the smoke message by following an emergency checklist that can lead to shutting down essential safety systems, including automated flight-control protections. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Possible pitfalls of that procedure emerged vividly in an April 2011 incident. Shortly after United Airlines Flight 497 took off from New Orleans, the pilots of the A320 plane received a smoke alert from the hub of its avionics system, but investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board later said they found “no evidence of fire or overheated components.” Egyptians lighted candles for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 804 on Thursday inside Cairo’s opera house. ENLARGE Egyptians lighted candles for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 804 on Thursday inside Cairo’s opera house. PHOTO: KHALED ELFIQI/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY The pilots told investigators that “after they began to respond to the smoke warning, electrically powered items in the airplane ceased to function,” according to National Transportation Safety Board documents. The crew lost some radios and a transponder, and needed air-traffic controllers to direct the jet back to the runway, where it landed with impaired steering and its nose wheel veered into grass beside the runway. Nobody was injured. Ten days later, United sent pilots a bulletin saying its “Airbus fleet has experienced cases of spurious avionics smoke warnings” and stressing that emergency electric shutdowns are required only in the event of “perceptible smoke.” It isn’t known if the EgyptAir alert was false, or what actions the crew took. The newer-model, optical smoke sensors installed on the 13-year-old jet have been deemed more reliable than older technology like that on the United plane. But the more recent variants continued to issue false warnings—though at significantly lower rates than the older ones—and were “still sensitive to dust and some aerosols,” Airbus told U.S. crash investigators in 2011. Recovery of the black-box voice and data recorders is expected to reveal whether the aviators got the warning and began the prescribed series of complex, computer-aided steps intended to isolate the problem by shedding electrical load from the main circuits. Going back to 2011, that procedure, designed by Airbus, was controversial among critics who said it could be confusing and overly complicated. The prospects that the EgyptAir crew inadvertently cut off power to some essential systems or otherwise failed to react appropriately during the checklist procedure are among the investigative strands being pursued by the international team of experts involved in the EgyptAir probe, people familiar with the issue said. The effort includes running ground-based simulator sessions to re-create possible sequences of events. Given the scant information now available, it isn’t clear which of the scenarios examined so far—ranging from aircraft malfunctions and pilot missteps to a terrorist act—can be considered the most likely, these people said. Airbus has been working on the problem of erroneous avionics smoke alerts since the late 1990s. An Airbus spokesman on Friday declined to comment, citing the continuing investigation. EgyptAir officials couldn’t be reached to comment. Theories about what might have occurred in the avionics bay of Flight 804—an under-floor compartment near the cockpit that houses the jet’s electrical brains—don’t seem to fit with the relatively few system-failure messages the aircraft automatically transmitted before it stopped communicating with the ground, safety experts said. In addition to the avionics smoke warning, the six other messages included malfunctions of cockpit-window systems and of a flight-control system. The avionics smoke checklist rarely pops up during recurrent training, according to several pilots who fly the workhorse A320, one of the world’s most widely used jetliners. “We only get to practice the procedure once or twice in the simulator every couple of years,” said Ben Riecken, who flies A320s for a U.S. carrier. In the past, information compiled by the manufacturer and U.S. accident investigators showed avionics smoke detectors were plagued by systemic problems. According to data Airbus supplied to the NTSB as part of an earlier A320 investigation, the manufacturer collected 63 reports of avionics smoke warnings between 1996 and 2011. Forty-two of them were false. At the time, more than 1,400 older planes were still due to be retrofitted with improved sensors. But in the probe into the 2011 United Airlines incident, Airbus experts tried to play down the significance of smoke-warning hardware altogether. They told NTSB investigators that the “primary method of smoke detection” from the avionics compartment was “visual and smell on the part of the flight crew and that the avionics smoke detector is secondary,” according to a summary of interviews posted on the board’s website. Around the 2011 probe, United Airlines told the safety board that only one of 19 reports related to avionics smoke warnings ended up with pilots actually sensing smoke. Still, 15 of those flights either returned to their departure airport or were diverted to an en-route alternate. A spokesman for the carrier on Friday said it “made procedural changes in coordination with Airbus” in the wake of the incident, but declined to elaborate. Barely hours after the EgyptAir crash killed all 66 people on board, Egyptian officials appeared to jump on the idea of terrorism. But since then, with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi saying nothing has been ruled out, public attention has shifted to other potential causes spanning an array of airplane malfunctions and cockpit errors. In the case of EgyptAir Flight 804, safety experts said turning off both generators could account for the sudden loss of automated transmission of system updates as well as dropping off air-traffic control radar screens. But they cautioned that other combinations of problems also could lead to such communication loss. Investigators are also looking into terrorism, including checks of those on board and others who may have accessed the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport before it left Paris. —Robert Wall contributed to this article.

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Eurowings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AGWA performing flight 4U-9023 from Dresden to Dusseldorf (Germany), was on approach to Dusseldorf when the crew reported smoke in cockpit and cabin. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Dusseldorf’s runway 23L with emergency services on standby. The aircraft taxied to the apron after landing. Due to the engagement of emergency services there were no departures and landings in Dusseldorf for about 25 minutes. On May 25th 2016 the BEA reported Germany’s BFU rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation.

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Smoke was detected in a toilet close to the cockpit of EgyptAir flight MS804 moments before the aircraft plunged off radar screens, French investigators have confirmed. Warning messages about the smoke were sent automatically by the Airbus A320’s computer systems to ground stations on Thursday. The French Bureau of Investigations and Analysis confirmed messages were transmitted shortly after the plane entered Egyptian airspace. “There were … messages emitted by the plane indicating that there was smoke in the cabin shortly before data transmission broke off,” an agency spokesman told reporters. The spokesman added that such messages “generally mean the start of a fire.” The communications also seem to indicate a problem with the controls and computers, critical to controlling the plane. Sky News has obtained a screen grab of the data, believed to be from EgyptAir Operations Centre’s computer. It has time stamps that match the approximate time the aircraft disappeared. The French agency added that it was “far too soon to interpret and understand the cause of the accident as long as we have not found the wreckage or the flight data recorders”. EgyptAir, Airbus and Egyptian officials have not yet commented on details of the smoke. :: Flight MS804: What Do We Know So Far? Simon Hradecky of The Aviation Herald, a website that covers the aviation industry, told Sky News what the series of messages suggests. He said: “The window sensors are all temperature sensors. “Their activation suggests they went over-temperature – for whatever reason. “So the right hand sliding window is at the start of the whole sequence indicating that the window became too hot – and this is why pilot discussions more and more focus on the right hand side of the cockpit. “Then the lavatory smoke alert comes. “The ATA Code is not completely known, it probably identifies which of the lavatories was affected. Everybody right now assumes it was the forward lavatory right behind the cockpit wall. “Then the avionics smoke comes active, indicating the avionics bay, the room below the cockpit with all the aircraft electronics and all its computers, contained smoke. “And now the right hand fixed window comes active (which is forward of the sliding window and better exposed to the oncoming air) two minutes after the start of the sequence. “Then the systems start to crumble, all of which are in the avionics bay. So one can see how the heat/fire spread and affected the systems, and that pattern makes sense. “Many pilots assume that there was a fire in the avionics bay just below the cockpit floor.” He added: “The smoke/fire was the first event in the crash sequence that started the crash sequence. What then happened is up to speculation until we know the contents of the cockpit voice recorder. Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas “The 360 degrees turn, as described by the Greek Defence Minister, is a good pilot manoeuvre to increase drag and thus accelerate the descent. “In case of a catastrophic fire pilots will try to ditch the aircraft (if over water), and it would appear plausible that this is what happened.” Experts say answers will only come with an examination of the wreckage and the plane’s cockpit voice and flight data recorders. Search crews have found floating human remains, luggage and seats from the jet which plunged into the Mediterranean Sea. But ongoing efforts are being made to find large pieces of wreckage and the black boxes. Egyptian authorities say they believe terrorism is a more likely explanation than equipment failure. No militant group has claimed responsibility. Flight MS804 left Paris at 10.09pm BST on Wednesday with 66 people on board, but vanished at 1.30am on Thursday. EgyptAir said on Twitter that radar contact with the plane was lost about 295km (around 180 miles) from the Egyptian coastline.

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By: Raf Sanchez, cairo, of http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

To the untrained eyes, the data recorded by Flight 804’s sensors is a meaningless jumble of code and technical language: But to an aviation professional, it tells a terrifying story of a series of cascading faults before the system stopped transmitting. I spoke to a European airline pilot who helped make sense of the data from the ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System). The ACARS sends short transmissions from the aircraft’s internal systems to receivers on the ground. It is nowhere near as detailed as a blackbox recorder but it gives some sense of what was happening on the plane. The data was published by the Aviation Herald. Each entry begins with a time stamp, like 00:26Z. This is referring to Zulu time, which is the same as GMT, but is used by sailors and fliers across the world to coordinate movements and make sure they are all running to the same schedule. 00:26 Zulu time would have been 02:26am above the Mediterranean. The European pilot helped decode each entry. Here’s what they all mean: 00:26Z 3044 ANTI ICE R WINDOW: There’s a fault in the right cockpit window’s heating element. The window should be heated to stave off ice but it isn’t working. 00:26Z 561200 R SLIDING WINDOW SENSOR: There’s a fault in the co-pilot’s sliding window sensor. This sensor tells the crew if a cockpit window is closed or not. 00:26Z 2600 SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE: Smoke has been detected in one of the lavatories. The smoke detector is an optical sensor and detects if a cloud has come between two points of light. It detects smoke but also fog inside the cabin. 00:27Z 2600 AVIONICS SMOKE: Smoke has been detected in the avionics compartment. Located underneath the cockpit, this area can be entered via a latch in the cockpit or via a latch at the nose wheel. It is a big area where all the aircraft computers are located. 00:28Z 561100 R FIXED WINDOW SENSOR: There’s a fault in another cockpit window on the right side. 00:29Z 2200 AUTO FLT FCU 2 FAULT: There’s a fault in the Autopilot Flight Control Unit 2. There are two channels in the control unit and losing one will result in the spare one taking over automatically. 00:29Z 2700 F/CTL SEC 3 FAULT: There’s a fault in the system that controls the wing’s spoilers, the portion of the wing that rises during landing. This is the final entry. Each entry tells a discrete story about some part of the aircraft breaking down. But what do they mean altogether? Firstly, they indicate that something catastrophic happened to the plane in the air, which would seem to rule out a deliberate crash by the pilots or a hijacking that forced the plane into the sea. The pilot I spoke to said an “internal explosion” seemed the most likely explanation, based especially on the the problems with windows in the cockpit. “It looks like the right front and side window were blown out, most probably from inside out,” he said. The fact that the sensors in the cockpit were triggered doesn’t mean the explosion came from the cockpit. There are more sensors at the front of the plane so there could be something going wrong in the main cabin but the sensors are not picking it up. The two smoke related messages also point to something happening inside of the cabin. The pilot suggested it could be fog suddenly filling the air due to a sudden loss of cabin pressure. This video from a US military training facility shows fog and steam filling a chamber when pressure is lost.

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By: Richard Wescott: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-36349096

I’ve just spoken to a man who has been a pilot for forty-six years, flew the Airbus A320 for six years and has spent the past eleven years investigating fires on planes. Captain John Cox, a fellow at the Royal Aeronautical Society, told me the Egyptair facts are “confusing”. IF the timings we have are right (they are still not officially confirmed), there were 3 minutes of smoke and heat warnings, followed by 4 minutes of powered flight without warnings, followed by a 2 minute fall. “For a fire, that’s a very short period of time. For an explosive event (like a bomb) that’s a very long period of time”, he says. “It’s got me and many other experts scratching their heads. There is an answer, but it’s not clear yet”. John has some sobering statistics. Every year, there are around 900 to 1,200 smoke related incidents on aircraft in the U.S. If you double that number you’ll get a rough, global figure. The vast majority end perfectly safely, but fires have brought down planes. “It’s shockingly regular…and along with drones, it’s the only part of aviation that’s getting more dangerous”. John puts the rise down to two things. An increase in the number of flights. And a huge rise in people taking lithium batteries on board. One estimate says that an airliner carrying 100 people could have 500 lithium batteries in the cabin. In cameras, laptops, tablet computers, phones, e-readers etc. He says crushed batteries are increasingly problematic. “Maybe someone falls asleep. Their tablet computer or phone slips down the side of the chair. They move the seat and accidentally crush the battery.” Potentially, that could start a fire. To be clear, if you buy lithium batteries from a respectable company, they are thoroughly tested and safe, with a one in ten million failure rate. But John says there could be 3.5 billion batteries taken on aircraft throughout a year. It only takes one to go wrong, and they pack a hell of a punch. Look at my report from 2014.Http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25733142 And then there are the “grey market” batteries and chargers some people buy on the cheap. They may well not have been safety tested at all. Modern aircraft have smoke detectors, but the only automatic extinguishers are in the cargo bay. Otherwise, it’s down to crew members using a hand-held fire extinguisher. There’s one in the bin of each toilet, for example. A recent paper, co-written by John,http://aerosociety.com/Assets/Docs/Publications/SpecialistPapers/SAFITA%20Part%201_Reference_3rd%20Edition.pdf says experience shows that many fires start in “inaccessible locations”. Places that crew may not be able to reach. He also made the point that the US regulator, the FAA recently said you can never eradicate all sources of ignition on an aircraft. John used to fly the A320 and says it’s a wonderful aircraft. He’s never heard of a major fire in the front right part of the plane. And it’s been flying in various forms since the late 1980s. Many airlines also now train their staff in how to cope with a lithium battery fire. I want to stress this again. We DO NOT KNOW what caused the Egyptair airliner to come down. It could be an accident. It could be more sinister. But fires on aircraft are an issue and John is calling on the industry to do more to tackle it.

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7838A performing flight WN-607 from San Jose (Costa Rica) to Baltimore,MD (USA) with 140 passengers and 8 crew, was enroute at FL380 near Roatan Island (Honduras) when the crew decided to divert to Roatan reporting smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely in Roatan. A fault in an electrical system was identified as cause. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground 19 hours after landing.

By: http://avherald.com/h?article=49829c97. © of text by Avherald.com

A Delta Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N377NW (our reports database features 0 other incidents for the same aircraft, Delta has been listed 317 times within our reports database) performing flight DL-2841 from Grand Rapids,MI to Minneapolis,MN (USA) with 131 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing through FL270 out of Grand Rapids about 70nm southeast of Green Bay,WI (USA) when the crew reported smell of smoke in the cockpit, stopped the climb and diverted the aircraft to Green Bay for a safe landing on runway 36 about 17 minutes later. Emergency services inspected the aircraft before it taxied to the apron. The remainder of the flight was cancelled. The airline reported maintenance is examining the aircraft after the crew detected a smokey odour on the flight deck. At the time of writing, the aircraft type Airbus A-320 is being featured at least 815 times.

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By: Simon Hradecky

An Iberia Airbus A330-200, registration EC-MIL performing flight IB-6012 from Montevideo (Uruguay) to Madrid,SP (Spain) with 253 passengers, was enroute at FL370 about 340nm westsouthwest of Fortaleza,CE (Brazil) when smoke was observed from the crew rest area/lavatory prompting the crew to divert to Fortaleza. The aircraft landed safely on Fortaleza’s runway 13, however, the left hand brakes overheated. The passengers disembarked normally. The aircraft is still on the ground in Fortaleza about 18 hours after landing. The airline confirmed a technical problem causing smoke in the cabin. Maintenance is attempting to get the aircraft ready for a departure later on Apr 17th, if this turns out not possible, the airline is going to invoke the next best alternative solution for the passengers.

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VisionSafe Corporation, the creator of the Emergency Vision Assurance System, (EVAS®) has reached an agreement with King Schools to host their EVAS Training Course on the King Schools online learning platform, iLearn. The EVAS course is available for purchase through the King Schools website and purchasers of the EVAS product will receive 2 free course keys with each unit. The web-based course can be accessed on any online device. It is also “AppAble” with the KING Companion App, allowing you to download your lessons to iPads and iPhones for offline access. The Companion is available from the App Store. The EVAS (Emergency Vision Assurance System) is a self-contained system that includes a battery powered blower which draws smoky air in through a filter, removing visible particles, and venting to a flexible air duct, which is connected to an inflatable transparent envelope, called the “Inflatable Vision Unit” (IVU). The entire EVAS system is contained in an aluminum container that is about the size of a Jeppeson manual, and weighs approximately 6 pounds. The system provides a clear area so a pilot can see flight instruments during a smoke in the cockpit incident. Training is required. “We are thrilled to work with VisionSafe to provide easy access the training that professional pilots need when flying EVAS equipped aircraft,” said John King. “Many professional pilots already rely on the iLearn environment for their training needs, so hosting this important training for VisionSafe was a natural fit,” concluded Martha King. For more information: http://www.kingschools.com/evas About King Schools For over 40 years, students and pilots at all levels have enjoyed King Schools´ clear, simple and fun video courses. King Schools estimates that over 50% of the pilots flying in the U.S. today have learned with King. The company is also a leader in on-line pilot certification and avionics training for pilots of high-performance and turbine aircraft. To find out more, please visit http://www.KingsSchools.com or call (800)-854-1001. For worldwide (858) 541-2200. About VisionSafe VisionSafe Corporation was formed to explore various new ways to provide vision in vision impaired conditions for individuals in common land and air environments as well as marine, submarine, and scuba diving environments. In the process, the company developed and patented the EVAS® system for pilots to see to safely control and land when confronted with dense, blinding smoke in the cockpit. The system has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration since 2001. To learn more about the product, please visit http://www.VisionSafe.com. KingSchools.com 3840 Calle Fortunada • San Diego, CA 92123 Toll-Free (800) 854-1001 Worldwide (858)-541-2200 FAX (858) 541-2201 VisionSafe.com 46-217 Kahuhipa Street • Kaneohe, HI 96744 Factory: (808) 235-0849 Sales & Marketing: (973) 864-6206 Fax (973) 864-6202

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By: http://aircargoworld.com/

About midnight on Feb. 7, 2006, the crew of UPS flight 1307 was alerted to a smoke indication in the cockpit as their DC-8 freighter was on its final approach to Philadelphia International Airport. The pilots immediately evacuated the airplane after landing, escaping with minor injuries as fire destroyed the plane and its cargo on the ground. A little over four years later, UPS Flight 6, a 747-400F flying from Dubai to Cologne also developed an in-flight fire, this time resulting in a devastating crash and the death of two crew members. Subsequent investigations of both mishaps initially focused on an examination of safety procedures protecting airliners from cockpit smoke. Cargo carried on the flights consisted of the usual mix of commodities found on freight planes flying the late-night skies on their way to make early-morning deliveries. Another similarity between the two is that both contained shipments of lithium batteries. While not definitively determined as the cause of the Philadelphia incident, the report on the Dubai crash indicated that the spontaneous ignition of the contents of a cargo pallet, which contained a significant number of lithium batteries caused the fire. These and other flights on which lithium batteries were suspected of causing fires may have, to varying degrees, shared the consequences of any growing industry, where there will always be a few manufacturers that make low-quality counterfeits and use inappropriate packaging. But overall, the incidents shared the effects of insufficient government supervision over poor manufacturing standards and illegal declarations of battery shipments as regular cargo. This lack of government enforcement is why a total ban on bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries in passenger aircraft bellies, which was announced recently, is a disappointment. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) imposition takes effect in April and will remain in force until its work groups decide on a new packaging standard, now expected sometime in 2018. The regulation is binding on all 191 ICAO member states and for the airlines that serve those countries, but is not required of those not participating in ICAO. However, as with many impractical directives, barring these shipments across the board punishes those who abide by the rules, essentially eliminating a significant shipping option, while enabling governments to shirk essential enforcement obligations. While initial guidance from ICAO and subsequent media reports describing the ruling seemed vague, further clarifications now indicate that the ban does not apply to lithium-ion batteries packed with, or contained within, equipment. Fortunately, this means that computers and phones can still ship in bulk configurations with the batteries included. We all know the use of lithium-ion batteries has become common in electronics, auto, aircraft and many other industries worldwide. As lithium-ion cell uses increase, their swift and expedited delivery provided by airfreight is forecasted to rise as these industries mature and resulting demand grows. There is no doubt that lithium-ion batteries, when packed together without the proper packaging and handling precautions, can certainly be dangerous. In 2014, the Federal Aviation Administration applied heat to a container packed with 5,000 lithium-ion batteries that resulted in a thermal runaway and subsequent explosion of flammable gases emitted within the container. Even a favorite fire suppressant, when used, was ineffective in extinguishing the fire. The danger appears to be inherent in all aircraft configurations, passenger or all-cargo. Responding to this evidence, many airlines, including U.S. carriers, voluntarily stopped shipping lithium-ion batteries on their passenger planes. The FAA’s testing has shown that the risk of lithium-ion battery fires can diminish if the devices are charged only up to 30 percent of their maximum. Perhaps with this in mind, the solution lies in going a step further and shipping the batteries with an even lower charge using existing packaging and packing methods. But it should not stop there. The private sector, including lithium battery manufacturers working with ICAO and governments, must develop strict certification programs for those making, shipping and handling these cells. Once in effect, vigorous worldwide government oversight of the supply chain must enforce these mutually agreed upon standards. Countries must fulfill a vital role by investing in research and development of lithium battery detection technology and even employing canine screening to find undeclared batteries before they reach the plane. It is important that governments increase efforts to crack down on battery counterfeiters and those who fail to comply with these enhanced shipping regulations. Others around the world should sanction authorities that fail to enforce global standards through the imposition of trade restrictions designed to correct such negligent behavior. An industry-initiated ban is no substitute for effective government oversight and vigorous enforcement allowing people and batteries to fly safely together.

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By: Buffalo.com

A second JetBlue flight was diverted to Buffalo on Wednesday night because of an odor in the cockpit. JetBlue Flight 497 from Boston to Seattle landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport just before 9:30 p.m., the airline said in a statement. The flight was diverted “out of an abundance of caution following reports of an electrical odor in the cockpit.” Earlier Wednesday, JetBlue Flight 1012 from Chicago to Boston landed at the airport at 11:45 a.m. because of smell of smoke in the cockpit. That flight also was diverted “out of an abundance of caution,” an airline spokesman said.

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By: TWC News Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Smoke in the cockpit of a JetBlue plane forced pilots to make an unscheduled landing in Buffalo Wednesday. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the JetBlue flight was heading from Chicago to Boston when it had to divert to the Buffalo-Niagara International airport around 11:40 a.m. Poloncarz says everyone is OK. JetBlue says there was an odor of smoke in the cockpit and the flight was diverted as a precaution. The airline says the plane is being inspected and customers are being put on other flights.

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By: TWC News Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Smoke in the cockpit of a JetBlue plane forced pilots to make an unscheduled landing in Buffalo Wednesday. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the JetBlue flight was heading from Chicago to Boston when it had to divert to the Buffalo-Niagara International airport around 11:40 a.m. Poloncarz says everyone is OK. JetBlue says there was an odor of smoke in the cockpit and the flight was diverted as a precaution. The airline says the plane is being inspected and customers are being put on other flights.

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By: KCCI.com

Fire and rescue crews were called to the airport about 11:33 a.m. The plane was traveling from Chicago to Phoenix when it reported the problem. The plane has 192 people on board. The flight landed safely at 11:55 a.m. Andrew Wall, an airport operations supervisor, said all passengers were OK on the American Airlines.

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By: Kevin Green, Andy Fox

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An American Regional passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Norfolk International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials confirm. Officials at Norfolk International tell 10 On Your Side that there were 26 passengers on board the 50-seat plane. Airport Administration says smoke in the cockpit forced the in-flight emergency landing. Pilots declared the in air emergency at 1:30 p.m. when smoke was in the cockpit. Airport Fire Department is on the scene, and the 26 passengers are safely off the plane. Robert Bowen, Executive Director of the Norfolk International Airport, tells 10 On Your Side, “Everyone is safe, and we are investigating what caused the smoke in the cockpit.” Bowen did not have the flight number, the originating city or the final destination.

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By: www.news.com.au

THE source of an odour which prompted a plane carrying almost 70 people to make a hasty landing at Melbourne Airport remains a mystery. Tigerair advised an engineers’ assessment after Tuesday’s drama did not identify any issues with the A320 aircraft. It was cleared to resume services that evening. Flight TT511, from Brisbane, had made a priority landing just after 10am when the crew reported an unusual odour. Paramedics assessed four people at the scene. Those treated did not need to go to hospital. Tigerair, in a statement, said: “A Tigerair service from (Brisbane to Melbourne TT 511) landed safely at around 10:05am today without incident at Melbourne Airport after an unusual odour was detected in the cabin on descent.” “Emergency services were on standby to meet the aircraft in Melbourne, which is standard for an event of this nature,’’ the airline said. “The aircraft will undergo an engineers’ assessment in Melbourne.” Tigerair said the flight was given “priority landing”. UPDATE: paramedics are assessing four people (not three) at @Melair following reports of a hazmat incident #melair #melbourne — Ambulance Victoria (@AmbulanceVic) February 29, 2016 All passengers on board the plane walked off unassisted. Four cabin crew underwent medical assessment as a precaution and were given the all-clear. Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics — responding to the “hazmat incident” — assessed four people. Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said the flight crew reported an odour in the cockpit and cabin on approach to Melbourne. “There were reports that crew members were taken ill,’’ he said. “Emergency plans at the airport were immediately activated; the flight was provided priority landing and the flight landed safety around 10am. “Fire and emergency services were on standby and the Victoria Ambulance attended to a number of passengers. Mr Chester said airservices and emergency services “worked seamlessly in parallel today to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew onboard.” Melbourne Airport originally listed Tigerair flight TT511 as landing at 9.58am, and the airport was scheduled to unload passengers at gate 18. The plane departed Brisbane at 6.40am with 1 hour and 58 minutes flying time. An Airservices Australia spokesman confirmed the odour, initially reported as smoke, was logged with air traffic control during the flight. Melbourne Airport enacted its airport emergency plan with paramedics, fire crews and police at the scene. A media conference was already scheduled this morning at Melbourne Airport to announce a five-year partnership extension between Tigerair and NRL club Melbourne Storm. The media conference, scheduled for 10:30am, was held up for more than 45 minutes. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was investigating. Originally published as Smoke fills plane from Brisbane

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By: Simon Hradecky

An Envoy Embraer ERJ-145, registration N632AE performing flight MQ-3047/AA-3047 from Sioux Falls,SD to Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA) with 29 people on board, was enroute at FL250 about 80nm northwest of Waterloo,IA (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Waterloo for a safe landing on runway 12 about 25 minutes later. Emergency services did not need to intervene. A replacement aircraft is being dispatched to Waterloo to continue the flight.

By: Dana Hedgpeth | www.washingtonpost.com

A plane that took off from Reagan National Airport on Monday morning had to make a quick landing at Dulles International after its pilots reported smoke in the cockpit. Alaska Airlines Flight 1, headed to Seattle, had just taken off around 10:22 a.m. when the pilots “noticed indications of smoke” in the cockpit, said Cole Cosgrove, a spokesman for the airlines. The plane landed at Dulles at 10:38 a.m. Cosgrove said he did not know if the crew saw smoke and/or smelled smoke. It was also not known where the smoke was coming from immediately. Chris Paolino, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said six people were taken to an area hospital. He said they were all members of the plane’s crew. The Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 was carrying 161 passengers, all of whom were evacuated safely at a gate at Dulles and rebooked Monday and Tuesday on other flights, officials said. Authorities said the cause of the incident is under investigation….

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By: DAVID CAPLAN | ABC News

An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Dulles International Airport this morning, just 16 minutes after taking off from nearby Reagan National Airport, due to smoke in the cockpit, the airline confirmed to ABC News. Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines Flight 1 -– with 161 passengers and 6 crew members — departed Reagan National at 10:22 a.m. and landed at Dulles at 10:38 a.m, according to the airline. The cause of the smoke is still being investigated, said the airline, adding that the two pilots asked to be “checked out” by doctors and were transferred to a hospital as were four other crew members. Their conditions were not clear. None of the passengers were injured or taken to a hospital. “The flight landed without incident, was checked by our fire department and cleared to taxi under its own power to the gate,” read a statement released by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority…..

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By: Kelly Taylor, Gigi Graciette | Foxola.com

(FOX 11) – American Airlines flight #564 made an emergency landing Thursday at LAX after a report of a mechanical issue. The plane took off from San Jose carrying more than 100 passengers shortly after 9 a.m. and was en-route to Phoenix when the problem was reported. The pilot initially reported smoke in the cockpit, and the passengers’ oxygen masks were deployed. The flight landed safely just before 11 a.m….

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By: Travel Pulse | DONALD WOOD

On Sunday, a United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Tucson International Airport in Arizona after smoke filled the cabin and the cockpit. According to Ally Aldrete and Christina Myers of ABC News, Flight 6517 departed from Tucson at around 6 a.m. local time and was en route to Los Angeles International Airport when the incident occurred. Shortly after takeoff, the cabin and cockpit began to fill up with smoke, prompting the pilot to call for an emergency landing. Tucson Airport….

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By: http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/major-u.s.-airlines-ban-hoverboards-citing-risk-of-on-board-fire-584624195761

At least 10 fires have been linked to the popular hoverboards’ lithium-ion batteries that can quickly overheat and self-ignite. Article features the EVAS system.

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Trans States Airlines Embraer ERJ-145 on behalf of American Airlines, registration N623AE performing flight AX-4151/AA-4151 from Montreal,QC (Canada) to New York La Guardia,NY (USA) with 25 passengers and 3 crew, was in the initial climb out of Montreal when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit. The crew stopped the climb at about 2500 feet and returned to Montreal for a safe landing about 10 minutes after departure. The Canadian TSB reported maintenance identified a failed Air Cycle Machine as cause of the smoke.

By: George Hatcher

Republic Airlines flight YX-4488/AA-4488 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Raleigh–Durham International Airport, Morrisville, North Carolina, on October 28. The Embraer ERJ-170, flying from Philadelphia, to Jacksonville, had to make an emergency landing due to smoke in cockpit. The plane landed uneventfully. All 69 people aboard remained safe

By: By PAIGE AUSTIN (Patch Staff)

A United Airlines flight from San Francisco landed safely at Los Angeles International Airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit, an airport spokesman said. All 134 passengers aboard the flight were safe and unharmed, the spokesman said. The smoke was caused by an unspecified mechanical problem, the spokesman said.

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By: http://abc7chicago.com/665695/

CHICAGO (WLS) — A plane was evacuated at Midway Airport Friday morning, due to smoke in the cockpit. Chicago firefighters are on the scene at the Signature Airlines terminal, where the small plane is still on the ground. Everyone was reportedly off the plane by around 8 a.m. and no one was injured.

By: Rusty Marks, http://www.wvgazette.com/article/20150403/GZ01/150409724

A passenger plane landed at Yeager Airport in Charleston on Friday morning after its electrical system temporarily failed and had to be reset, Yeager Airport officials said. The airplane, United Express 5012 from Dulles Airport near Washington, D.C., was headed to Charleston in the first place. The pilots told Yeager officials shortly before they landed that there was smoke in the plane’s cabin, and one person on board required medical attention. The plane landed safely shortly before 10:30 a.m., Yeager Airport Director Rick Atkinson said. The person who needed medical help was checked out on the plane and declined to be taken to a hospital, Atkinson said. Atkinson said the plane’s electrical system had to be reset during the flight, and the smoke in the cockpit could have been from a burned-out fuse. Atkinson said there was nothing visibly wrong with the airplane, a de Havilland Dash 8 turboprop, as it came in to land. Except for the rain and fog, he said, the aircraft made a smooth and normal landing. Some passengers who disembarked from the plane after it landed said they didn’t smell any smoke. Kanawha County attorney Marc Slotnick was one of 35 people on the plane. He said air pressure in the cabin dropped slightly for a second, but passengers didn’t smell smoke and didn’t know anything was wrong until they landed and saw emergency vehicles around the plane. He said passengers were told to leave their baggage on board and get off of the aircraft as quickly as possible. Atkinson said passengers disembarked directly onto the tarmac and walked into the terminal, which is normal procedure for the type of aircraft. Their baggage was unloaded a short time later. Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com, 304-348-1215 or follow @rusty_marks on Twitter.

By: By KBOI Web Staff, http://www.kboi2.com/news/local/Southwest-flight-diverted-Boise-298073431.html

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) – A flight from Phoenix to Spokane was diverted to Boise after a report of smoke in the cockpit. A spokesman for the Boise Airport says that Southwest Flight 1166 landed in Boise just before 5:30 p.m. Monday evening. According to the website FlightAware, the plane was between Boise and Spokane when it turned around and flew back to the Boise Airport. The airport says ground crews inspected the plane after it landed and it appears to be OK. No injuries were reported.

By: Jesse Paul and Laura Keeney The Denver Post,

Passengers on a US Airways flight arriving at Denver International Airport on Wednesday afternoon were told to evacuate the plane after smoke was reported in the cockpit. The plane, an Airbus A321, was being operated by American Airlines. “While taxiing to the gate, the pilot was alerted to possible smoke in the cabin,” airline spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said in an issued statement. “The passengers and crew deplaned via the slides.” Passengers were then bused to Concourse A to be reunited with their luggage, airport spokeswoman Mindy Crane said. An airport official said three people possibly sustained “very minor injuries.” The airline confirms they are in contact with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the incident. “There was smoke coming out of the wall,” said Captain Greg Pixley, a spokesman for the Denver Fire Department. “What caused it was contained to that one area. They are still investigating the cause.” Pixley said the issue has been contained. “I can’t say there was fire, but there was smoke,” Pixley said. “There was not visible fire.” Mike Tsang, a passenger on the plane, said smoke began filling the cabin as soon as the plane landed. He said at first passengers were just confused but that concerns were heightened when the smoke kept getting “thicker and thicker.” “We came to a complete stop on the runway,” he said. “The captain came on and said, ‘This is your captain, evacuate.’ The first time he said it, I think everyone was just dumfounded.” Flight attendants quickly began moving passengers out the plane, Tsang said. “Everyone was actually pretty calm,” he said. “There was no pushing, no screaming.” Tsang posted photos of the smoky cabin on Twitter and of passengers gathered on the tarmac outside of the plane. He also took video from the evacuation showing passengers exiting the plane on emergency slides and gathering on the snowy tarmac. US Airways Flight 445, arriving at DIA from Charlotte, NC, had 158 passengers and six crewmembers on board, according to the airline. FlightAware.com shows the plane landed at about 11:45 a.m. Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@denverpost.com or twitter.com/JesseAPaul

By: Mississauga.com,

MISSISSAUGA — Air Canada flight AC127 to Edmonton returned to Toronto this afternoon after smoke was reported in the cockpit, according to reports on Twitter. The Airbus A320 had left Toronto at 2:54 p.m. with 147 people on board, scheduled to arrive in Edmonton at 7:07 p.m., Toronto time. It turned around as it passed over Thunder Bay, landing safely on Pearson’s runway 5 just after 5 p.m. The airport’s fire services inspected the landing gear. No injuries or damage have been reported.

By: Simon Hradecky,

A Thomas Cook Boeing 757-300, registration G-JMAA performing flight MT-1125 from Sofia (Bulgaria) to London Gatwick,EN (UK) with 280 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 100nm south of Budapest when the crew declared PAN reporting “smoke in the flight deck” and decided to divert to Budapest. While descending towards Budapest the crew performed the smoke drills and subsequently reported that the smoke and fumes in the flight deck had dissipated but there was still a strong smell of burning in the cabin and some smoke. The aircraft landed safely on Budapest’s runway 31R about 20 minutes after leaving FL340. Emergency services checked the aircraft, which afterwards taxied to the apron. The passengers were taken to hotels. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 17 hours, then continued the flight and is estimated to reach Gatwick with a delay of 21 hours.

By: AVStop.com,

February 20, 2015 – VisionSafe Corporation has received Supplemental Type Certification (STC) for the Emergency Vision System (EVAS) Cockpit Smoke Displacement equipment applicable to the Boeing 777. The Boeing 777 is the latest aircraft to get FAA certified equipment and includes models 777-200, -200LR, -300, -300LR and the 777F. VisionSafe has customer orders pending for the Boeing 777 and expects to begin delivery in March 2015. With the company seeing growing demand in the air cargo segment, EVAS OEM VisionSafe has 4 other certifications for heavy transport aircraft due out this year. The company now has EVAS STC’s for over 80 aircraft types. The FAA recommends that aircraft meet higher standards for continuous cockpit smoke protection (FAA AC25.109). The Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA) in-flight fire project reported more than 1,100 in-flight smoke and fire incidents over only 10 months, causing 360 emergency landings. FAA’s concern about smoke continues, this is still a “serious” problem and the statistics are essentially unchanged. Flight Safety Foundation ranks smoke/fire emergencies as the 3rd highest cause of fatalities. Smoke is also a leading cause of diversions of ETOPS aircraft. The alarming rate of smoke incidents has been addressed by more than 600 operators, including the US military, FAA, airlines, and corporate flight departments. All have done so using the more than 3000 EVAS systems delivered by VisionSafe. UPS is the 1st air cargo carrier to commit an entire fleet to EVAS. In 2003 Fed Ex joined industry leader JetBlue Airways as one of the first airlines to address smoke in the cockpit by installing EVAS.

By: Simon Hradecky,

A Jet2.com Boeing 737-300, registration G-GDFE performing flight LS-509 from Newcastle,EN (UK) to Prague (Czech Republic), was enroute at FL330 about 25nm northeast of Norwich,EN (UK) when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cabin. The aircraft diverted to Leeds,EN (UK) for a safe landing on runway 32 about 45 minutes later. The airport reported emergency services checked the aircraft, there was no fire on board of the aircraft. The airline reported the aircraft diverted due to an “operational issue”. A replacement Boeing 737-300 registration G-GDFL reached Prague with a delay of 2:15 hours.

By: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/29/usa-jetliner-california-idUSL1N0V82PO20150129,

Jan 29 (Reuters) – A United Airlines flight in which a burning smell was reported aboard the plane was diverted shortly after takeoff from Los Angeles on Thursday to a smaller Southern California airport where it landed safely, the airline said. United Flight 1181, en route to Washington-Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia, made an unscheduled stop at LA/Ontario International Airport with 199 passengers and seven crew members aboard, according to airline spokeswoman Mary Ryan. The Boeing 757, which had taken off from Los Angeles International Airport, landed safely at Ontario, about 60 miles (100 km) to the northeast, and a maintenance crew was examining the aircraft, Ryan said. She said it was not immediately clear whether the burning smell was reported in the passenger cabin or the cockpit, or both. City News Service in Los Angeles reported the diversion was prompted by a problem that produced smoke in the cockpit. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Ian Gregor, said he had no further information except to say the flight crew had declared an emergency before diverting to Ontario and landing without incident at 9 a.m. PST (1700 GMT). (Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

By: http://www.airforcetimes.com/story/military/pentagon/2015/01/28/kc-135-makes-emergency-landing-at-wisconsin-airport/22454487/,

MILWAUKEE — Authorities are investigating after a military plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Mitchell International Airport due to mechanical issues. An official with the Wisconsin Air National Guard 128th Air Refueling Wing says a KC-135 Stratotanker returned to the airport Tuesday night in the midst of a training mission after crew members noticed smoke and fumes in the cockpit. Master Sgt. Tom Sobczyk says no injuries were reported and the aircraft landed safely at the airport just before 9 p.m. Officials say the smoke and fumes were caused by a battery charger that failed. An investigation into the incident will attempt to determine why the battery failed.

By: Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com ,

A United Airlines flight bound for London with 84 people on board had to return to Newark Liberty international airport Wednesday morning after the pilot reported smoke in the cabin. The flight, United 922 to Heathrow Airport, left from Newark airport and returned at 10:41 a.m., after the smoke condition was reported, said Federal Aviation Administration officials. The FAA is investigating what caused the smoke issue in the Boeing 767 airliner. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials said the plane returned without incident. FAA officials said the smoke was initially reported in the passenger cabin.

By: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/porter-flight-makes-emergency-landing-airline-s-second-diversion-in-one-day-1.2164573#ixzz3NMTwvR4u,

A Porter Airlines flight heading from Toronto to Sudbury, Ont., made an emergency landing Sunday evening. It was the second Porter Airlines flight on Sunday that was diverted from its original route. The airline confirmed on its website shortly before 9 p.m. that flight PD539 had been diverted to Pearson Airport. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority said that there was a “medical call” involved in the emergency landing. Peel paramedics said they transported an elderly female passenger from the plane to an Etobicoke hospital. Despite reports of smoke in the cockpit, they said the woman’s health issue was not smoke-related. Brad Cicero, a spokesperson for Porter, said that there was no indication of a fire in the plane. “One of the two engines was shut down using standard procedures and the aircraft landed safely,” he said. Medical personnel attended to two passengers for suspected anxiety, Cicero told CTV Toronto. The flight took off from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport around 7:30 p.m., according to Porter’s website. Earlier in the day, a Washington, D.C.-bound flight had to divert to rural Pennsylvania after it took off from Billy Bishop around 8 a.m. It landed safely at Williamsport Regional Airport around 9 a.m., after smoke was detected in the cockpit. The plane had 66 passengers on board, and the airline’s spokesperson said another plane would pick them up and take them on to Washington. Porter Airlines uses only Canadian-built Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. The airline reported a number of delays on Sunday and Porter’s 8:30 p.m. flight to Sudbury was cancelled.

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By: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/first-air-flight-declared-emergency-with-smoke-in-the-cockpit-1.2878937,

A First Air flight heading out of Yellowknife turned back Wednesday after declaring an emergency with smoke in the cockpit. It happened during takeoff on the 10 a.m. flight to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. “Emergency procedures were implemented,” an incident report filed to Transport Canada reads. The Boeing 737-217 landed safely back in Yellowknife. No one was injured. The incident meant that a Canadian North flight was delayed 15 minutes and a Discovery Air flight was delayed by 10 minutes.

By: Cory Shaffer | Northeast Ohio Media Group ,

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A United Airlines plane was diverted to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday after the pilot reported smoke on board. The pilot on a flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey called the air traffic control tower at Hopkins at 1:59 p.m. to report possible smoke in the cabin, according to officials. Cleveland firefighters responded to the airport as the plane landed. The plane landed safely, taxied to the gate, and the safety alert was cancelled at 2:18 p.m., Cleveland Hopkins spokeswoman Jacqueline Mayo said. The plane’s passengers continued to Newark on other flights, a United spokeswoman said. (Update: Cleveland Hopkins officials told Northeast Ohio Media Group the pilot reported smoke in the plane’s cockpit. United officials said the smoke was actually reported in the cabin.)

By: http://www.toledoblade.com/,

A commercial airliner landed safely Thursday night at Toledo Express Airport after the crew aboard reported smoke in the cockpit, authorities said. Delta flight 312 left Detroit shortly before 8 p.m., headed for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the airline’s Web site. The tower at the airport was alerted around 8 p.m. that an aircraft was about 10 minutes away from the airport and would be landing. Lucas County Sheriff’s deputies and area fire departments, including Swanton’s, responded. By 8:30, the plane was on the ground and authorities reported that the smoke in the cockpit had cleared and passengers were allowed off the plane. Delta’s Web site reports that the flight was expected to resume its trip to Florida, leaving Toledo at 12:23 a.m. Friday Holly Kemler, spokesman for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said there were 225 people aboard the 757. She said there were no reports of injury or other physical problems. A relief aircraft will be flown in and will take the passengers to Florida. She said that Toledo Express was notified that the plane was having problems at 8:06 p.m. It was on the ground at 8:18 p.m.

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By: Simon Hradecky,

A Transavia Boeing 737-800, registration PH-HZO performing flight HV-5749 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Casablanca (Morocco), was in the initial climb out of Amsterdam’s runway 09 when the crew declared PAN PAN PAN reporting they had smoke in the electrical recirculation. The aircraft levelled off at FL060 and returned to Amsterdam for a safe landing on runway 18C about 13 minutes after departure. The aircraft taxied to the apron with emergency services following the aircraft. A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration PH-HZK reached Casablanca with a delay of 3.5 hours.

By: http://www.straitstimes.com/

MANILA (AFP) – A Japan-bound All Nippon Airways jet returned to Manila airport and made an emergency landing on Friday after pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, the Philippine authorities said. There were no reported injuries and all 175 passengers and 10 crew safely disembarked from the Boeing 767, said Manila International Airport Authority public affairs officer Ariel Arcilla. “The plane safely landed and there was no panic. It appears the pilot just followed safety protocols,” Mr Arcilla told AFP. Investigators are looking into the cause of the cockpit smoke, which the pilots noticed shortly after take-off from Manila, he added. The jet, bound for Tokyo’s Narita airport, was airborne for 35 minutes before making a successful emergency landing, Mr Arcilla said.

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A flight bound for Charlotte, North Carolina returns to Evansville Regional Airport after smoke fills the cockpit last night….

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By: Greg Yee, Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH >> Communication between a JetBlue flight crew and air traffic controllers reveals a calm, measured response after an engine fire forced the flight to make an emergency landing at Long Beach Airport in September. The Press-Telegram obtained the recordings this week after filing a Freedom of Information Act request shortly after the emergency. The audio files have been edited to remove pauses, silent segments and background noise. The content of the communications has not been altered. Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board still have not concluded their investigation into what caused the engine fire aboard JetBlue Flight 1416 on Sept. 18. Keith Holloway, a spokesman for the NTSB, said the agency is not conducting a so-called “major investigation” but is looking into whether there are any manufacturing, maintenance or other issues that caused the engine fire. A JetBlue representative could not be reached for comment on Friday. A pilot aboard Flight 1416 can be heard declaring an emergency on the second of two recordings with air traffic controllers at Southern California Terminal Radar Approach Control, or TRACON. “JetBlue 1416: We’re declaring emergency, number two engine fire,” the pilot says in a calm, monotone voice. “JetBlue 1416, advise of your intentions,” the air traffic controller asks. “Back to Long Beach immediately,” the pilot says later. The controller immediately begins giving directions and initiates communication with Long Beach Airport and authorities to have a runway cleared. The third recording obtained by the Press-Telegram contains communications between the flight crew and controllers at Long Beach Airport Traffic Control Tower concerning the flight’s final approach and landing.

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A United Boeing 767-300, registration N664UA performing flight UA-819 (dep Nov 4th) from Houston,TX (USA) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza,BA (Argentina) with 262 people on board, was enroute near Lima (Peru) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and diverted to Lima for a safe landing. The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Lima 3.5 days after landing.

By: Darryl Mills

There were some scary moments Tuesday afternoon on a Transwest Air commercial flight out of Prince Albert, when smoke in the cockpit forced the pilot to declare an emergency and return to the Prince Albert Municipal Airport. Flight 502 from Prince Albert to La Ronge took off at 1:44 p.m. local time and returned to Prince Albert Airport only minutes later. The crew immediately donned oxygen masks and turned the Saab-340B aircraft around and with airport emergency crews responding, landed safely, with the passengers doing a rapid de-planing. There were 20 adult passengers and one infant on the plane, along with the flight crew of three. According to Transwest Air COO Garrett Lawless, it was a minor incident, but he praised the crew of the aircraft for their quick-thinking and response for guaranteeing that it didn’t become anything worse. “It was a textbook response,” Lawless said. “Soon after take off, the GPS screen went blank and right afterward, there was an acrid smell in the cockpit,” Lawless said. “The crew immediately put on their oxygen masks and declared an emergency and returned to Prince Albert.” The flight was at 11,000 feet when the situation arose and Lawless had nothing but praise for the entire crew, which included Captain Logan Redekop, First Officer John Verbeteen and Flight Attendant Wendy Kolababa. “The crew response was so impressive,” Lawless said. He said the response of the pilots was absolutely textbook, while the work of Kolababa was just as impressive. “Everyone thinks of serving drinks and snacks when they think of flight attendants,” Lawless said. “But the real purpose of a flight attendant is to manage the back of the airplane in situations like these. “Panic can turn a non-event into an event, and she did a great job of keeping passengers calm.” He said the crew was in communication with the passengers throughout the incident so they knew what was happening. Lawless said passengers were aware of the acrid smell, but did not see smoke. Another Saab was dispatched from Saskatoon, and all of the passengers were back in the air, with a different air crew, less than two hours later and all had arrived safely at their destinations by late afternoon. Lawless noted an event like this one is “very rare,” but that crews practice for this type of event regularly. The airplane in question had a new GPS unit in place and was already being test-flown without any passengers late Tuesday afternoon. It will be fully inspected by Transwest Air maintenance staff, and when it gets the all-clear will return to Saskatoon. Lawless said the incident, although scary, was handled so well by the crew, that it really had him beaming with pride when it comes to the people working there, as he is still settling into his COO role, which he only started in August. “I’m really proud of our people and it gives me great confidence in the people we have,” he said. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada was contacted by Transwest Air soon after the incident occurred and has opened a file on the matter.

By: Pakistantoday.com

An Emirates passenger airline with 82 people on board bound for Dubai was pulled off the runway minutes before it was supposed to take off after the pilot detected smoke in the cockpit. Just as flight EK 609 was due to depart on Saturday evening, the pilot called for emergency assistance soon after he had started backing off the Airbus 320. It had earlier been reported that the plane had taken off and had to turn around for an emergency landing, however, officials denied this was the case and that the plane had not taken off. “All the passengers and crew members were evacuated and the plane has been parked on one side. No one was hurt,” said Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson Pervez George. The plane deployed chutes to evacuate passengers.

By: Dailynewsen.com

A smaller plane landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport on Saturday evening after reporting smoke in its cockpit, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue stated. Crews received an alert about the plane shortly after 6:30 p.m., stated Capt. Albert Borroto, Fire Rescue spokesman. There had been no reported injuries, Borroto stated. Our editors found this article on this site using Google and regenerated it for our readers.

By: jchandler@losangelesregister.com, kablaza@ocregister.com

Jared West was headed home Thursday morning on a flight to Austin after visiting family in Fullerton. Not long after his plane took off from Long Beach Airport, the Dripping Springs, Texas, resident heard a “boom” on the right side of the plane. About 10 seconds later, the cabin filled with smoke. Oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling and passengers nearby were screaming and holding each other tight. Fearing this was his end, West, himself an amateur pilot, put on his oxygen mask and started recording a video message on his smartphone. “I said, ‘If anyone finds this, tell my mother that I love her,’” West, 34, said. But it wasn’t the end for West and the other 141 passengers and five crewmembers on JetBlue Flight 1416. Shortly after takeoff at 9:05 a.m., “an overheat warning” was reported for one of the aircraft’s two engines, airport officials said. Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said the crew spotted smoke billowing from the engine and pilots deployed a fire extinguishing agent from the cockpit. Passengers exiting Long Beach Airport later that afternoon described flight attendants deploying oxygen masks and telling them to “brace, brace, brace!” The smoke in the cabin was so thick they couldn’t see, some passengers said. For a moment, passengers such as Upland resident Laura Andreasen, 57, who was aboard the airliner with her family traveling to Orlando, Fla., for a Disney cruise, feared for their lives. “I wasn’t sure if we were going to plummet or make it back,” she said. The airplane landed safely and the passengers and crew evacuated on inflatable slides. Three people were treated for injuries and released, and one was taken to a local hospital, Heflin said. One of the passengers had tailbone pain after using the evacuation slide, he said. The Airbus A320 was in the air for less than 30 minutes. After departing, it turned back and landed at the airport at 4100 Donald Douglas Drive at 9:29 a.m., city officials said. Some departures were delayed, and two flights from the Bay area that were scheduled to arrive before 11 a.m. were diverted. The aircraft was cleared and operations were back to normal by 11:15 a.m., but with some delays expected throughout the day, officials said. Jackson Rathbone, an actor who portrayed Jasper Hale in the movie “Twilight,” tweeted that he was on the plane. “Our right engine exploded and our cabin filled with smoke,” he wrote. “The doors were thrown open, once on the Tarmac. The stewardesses yelled for us to get out and as far away from the airplane as possible…I grabbed my son and jumped down the inflated ramp, my wife following. We left all our personal effects onboard.” Mission Viejo resident Cody Friend, 27, was on his way to his bachelor’s party in Austin with friends when the emergency landing delayed their plans. Though the experience shook them up, the group still decided to take another flight to Austin later in the day. “When we got off the plane, we had a big hug and decided the most important thing was to get a drink,” he said. Register staff writer Alma Fausto and photographer Bill Alkofer contributed to this report. Contact the writer: jchandler@losangelesregister.com, kablaza@ocregister.com

By: Lance M. Bacon

NORFOLK, VA. — Loss of spatial awareness and disorientation due to dense smoke from a fire in the upper port wall caused the Jan. 8 MH-53E Sea Dragon crash that killed three, according to a Navy investigation released Sept. 11. The crash, which occurred while the helo was towing a 180-pound Mk 104 acoustic minesweeping device during an exercise, resulted from a combination of mechanical failures, said Capt. Todd Flannery, commodore of Helicopter Sea Combat Wing Atlantic. There was no indication of trouble and nothing the crew could have done to avoid the fire, he said. Two pinholes in the port fuel line allowed atomized fuel to escape. In addition, insulatedelectrical line coverings had rubbed against the surface of an aluminum fuel transfer line. This enabled an electrical arc to breach the transfer tube and ignite the pressurized fuel. The fire erupted in the crew cab aft of the port window, the report found. Due to the January cold and the minesweeping exercise, the side windows were closed and the back ramp was lowered. The cockpit and cabin filled with billowing black smoke in about 20 seconds. It blinded the aircrew and resulted in a loss of visual reference to the horizon and cockpit instrumentation, according to investigators. At a Sept. 11 press conference for the report’s release, Flannery likened it to a driver closing his eyes at 25 mph for 20 seconds, which would cover the distance of about three football fields. The captain called the report’s scenario the likeliest version of events, noting that not all components were recovered. The investigation did have the bulk of the material and testimony from the two survivors who were in the fuselage at the time of the fire. A subsequent investigation found that 28 of 153 Navy and Marine Corps aircraft had similar issues with fuel lines, Flannery said. All have been corrected. In addition, all of the Navy’s Sea Dragons had one or more of the same discrepancies that led to the Jan. 8 fire: electrical wires coming in contact with items, leading to chafing; deteriorated insulation around electrical wires; or deteriorated insulation around fuel lines. They also have been corrected in the nine months since the tragedy, Flannery said. The captain called the Sea Dragon “safe and dependable,” and said he would not hesitate to climb in and fly it. He last did so Aug. 6, he said. He acknowledged that the Sea Dragons are aging and will require extensive maintenance to remain in the fleet through 2025, as planned. Killed in the crash were: pilots Lt. Wesley Van Dorn, 29, and Lt. Sean Snyder, 39, and Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) 3rd Class Brian Collins, 25. Flannery called them “outstanding sailors who loved to fly.” The crew, assigned to Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, were conducting mine countermeasures training with another helicopter about 18 miles off Virginia Beach when they went into the water. Van Dorn, Collins and two aircrewman were rescued by the other helicopter and taken to a local hospital, where Van Dorn and Collins died from their injuries later that day. Both surviving crew members were released from the hospital by Jan. 10. Navy, Coast Guard and Virginia Beach Police Department assets aided in a search for Snyder and the wreckage. Coast Guard and Virginia Beach crews withdrew from the search Jan. 9. Navy divers discovered Snyder’s remains inside the helo’s cockpit on Jan. 15. Family and friends gathered for a memorial service two days later at Naval Station Norfolk. The Sea Dragon airframe is in use by two Norfolk-based squadrons — HM-14 and HM-15. This was the fourth Sea Dragon crash in less than two years; the previous three occurred in 2012. Most were due to rotor issues. Following two HM-15 crashes, the unit’s commanding officer and command master chief were fired. One of the Jan. 8 crash survivors is headed to Pensacola on new orders. The other is still in physical therapy, officials said. Healing within the squadron has “been a progression,” Flannery said, as there has been some trepidation in the ranks. Staff writer Meghann Myers contributed to this report.

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By: The Aviation Herald

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N662JB performing flight B6-787 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Sint Maarten (Sint Maarten) with 139 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 230nm northwest of Bermuda (Bermuda) when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Bermuda. Enroute to Bermuda the crew reported they had the smoke pretty much under control the fumes however still persisted. The aircraft landed safely on Bermuda’s runway 12 about 40 minutes later, emergency services checked the aircraft after landing before the aircraft proceeded to the apron.

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By: Simon Hradecky

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N662JB performing flight B6-787 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Sint Maarten (Sint Maarten) with 139 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 230nm northwest of Bermuda (Bermuda) when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Bermuda. Enroute to Bermuda the crew reported they had the smoke pretty much under control the fumes however still persisted. The aircraft landed safely on Bermuda’s runway 12 about 40 minutes later, emergency services checked the aircraft after landing before the aircraft proceeded to the apron.

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By: By CAROL DRIVER

A British Airways plane from London to Canada was forced to abort its flight after smoke was discovered in the cockpit. The captain of the airline’s Boeing 767, which departed Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, requested a priority landing following the emergency. Cabin crew on board Flight 103 reported seeing smoke in the cockpit of the Calgary-bound plane, which departed London at 5.35pm.
They acted ‘decisively’ in the face of a sudden emergency, according to a British Airways spokesman. Reports claim the priority landing was requested as the plane was flying over Liverpool. Spokesman Michele Kropt, who did not confirm how many passengers were on board the flight, said: ‘The flight crew reported seeing smoke in the cockpit.

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By: Sandra McCulloch / Times Colonist

An emergency landing of a privately owned Boeing 737 last week is being blamed on smoke and fumes in the cockpit. The aircraft, which is based in Victoria and owned by Pacific Sky Aviation, had taken off from Victoria International Airport on Wednesday evening and was headed to Peace River, Alta., when it was forced to turn around near Nanaimo. The pilot reported fumes in the cockpit and returned to Victoria, declaring an emergency. The aircraft landed without mishap and the 10 people on board were not harmed. Directors for Pacific Sky Aviation include David Curtis, CEO and president of Viking Air Ltd., manufacturer of de Havilland aircraft. The incident was followed on Thursday by a bird strike on a WestJet 737 as it landed in Victoria. There was no damage to the aircraft but a dead sparrow was found on the runway. The cause of the emergency was published online through the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Report System (CADORS).

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By Kelley King | wdtn.com

VERSAILLES, Ohio (WDTN) — A plane makes an emergency landing at the Darke County Airport after the cockpit fills with smoke. It happened before 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the airport along State Route 121. The Darke County Fire Chief said a belt broke in the engine compartment and caused some smoke in the plane. Fire officials said there were three people on board the plane. There was no damage to the plane and no one was hurt.

By: Radar Online

What happened on the plane that was forced to make an emergency landing on one of the most remote islands in the world? That’s what investigators must find out after United Airlines flight 201, a Boeing 777 carrying 335 people from Honolulu to Guam, landed on Midway Island after an electrical odor was reportedly detected in the cabin. After the plane set down safely on Friday on tiny, 2.4 mile long Midway Island, the site of a famous World War II battle, news began leaking out about the terrifying ordeal….

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A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-88, registration N949DL performing flight DL-770 from Orlando,FL to Cincinnati,KY (USA) with 52 passengers and 5 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 25nm southeast of Knoxville,TN (USA) when both flight crew donned their oxygen masks, declared emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Knoxville. On approach to Knoxville’s runway 23R the crew advised that the smoke appeared to be dissipating after they had turned off some of the equipment, but continued to use their oxygen masks. The aircraft landed safely on runway 23R and stopped on the runway, the crew removed their oxygen masks and requested emergency services to check the aircraft from the outside for any indications of smoke or abnormality explaining they had a smoke event. Emergency services reported no trace of fire, smoke or heat and advised they would follow the aircraft to the gate. The aircraft taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail. The crew reported 57 people on board to emergency services, the airline reported 41 passengers and 5 crew were on board of the aircraft. A replacement MD-88 reached Cincinnati with a delay of 2:45 hours

By Simon Hradecky

A British Airways Boeing 747-400, registration G-CIVO performing flight BA-209 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Miami,FL (USA), was enroute at FL340 over the Atlantic Ocean about one hour into the crossing when the crew reported smoke in the cabin and decided to turn around and divert to Shannon (Ireland). The aircraft descended to FL280 for the flight back. The crew subsequently reported also smoke and fumes in the cockpit and decided to divert to Dublin (Ireland), then to return to London Heathrow, where the aircraft landed safely about 2 hours after turning around.

By Jacqueline Tempera: jacqueline.tempera@globe.com

A JetBlue flight bound from Boston to Seattle was diverted to North Dakota today, after the pilot smelled smoke in the cockpit, officials said in a statement. JetBlue Flight 597 left from Logan International Airport this morning, but did a precautionary early landing at Minot International Airport, after crew members said they smelled an “electrical odor” onboard, Sharon A. Jones, an airline spokeswoman, said. The flight landed safely, and was assessed and cleared by maintenance technicians. It departed rom Minot, and was expected to land in Seattle at 1:51 p.m. local time. The flight had 126 people aboard, Jones said. Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp

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An Austrian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration OE-LAZ performing flight OS-66 from Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA) to Vienna (Austria) with 195 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 130nm northeast of Toronto,ON (Canada) when the crew noticed white smoke in the cockpit, which dissipated after about 15 seconds, the odour however remained. The crew worked the related checklists and decided to turn around and divert to Toronto. On downwind to runway 05 the crew requested emergency services on stand by due to an overweight landing and a necessary brakes inspection. The aircraft landed safely on runway 05 about 35 minutes after turning around and taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail. The Canadian TSB reported that the crew used autobrakes 1, the brakes temperatures did not exceed 270 degrees C. Maintenance was subsequently advised that a ground unit used in Chicago, that supplied pneumatic pressure to the aircraft due to the non-availability of the APU, had broken down and possibly contaminated the pneumatic ducting. The pneumatic ducting was cleaned, the system was operated using engine power until the odour had disappeared, then the aircraft was returned to service. The remainder of the flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights. The occurrence aircraft resumed service 22 hours after landing as flight OS-72 from Toronto to Vienna.

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LA PORTE, Iowa —Authorities say a pilot wasn’t injured during the emergency landing he made in an eastern Iowa cornfield. Waterloo television station KWWL reports that the plane came down around 4:10 p.m. Tuesday in northern Benton County. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says the pilot was alone in the small plane and wasn’t hurt. He landed because a mechanical problem filled the cockpit with smoke.

By George Hatcher
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The smell of smoke forced the American Airlines flight 3454 to make emergency landing at Tampa International Airport, Florida, on Thursday, April 24. The Embraer ERJ 145, belonging to Envoy Air and operated by American Airlines, was carrying 46 passengers and 3 crew members from Tallahassee to Miami. The passengers included Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart and the Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Alberto Carvalho. The flight took off at 8:30 pm, after a 1 hour 45 minutes delay from the original scheduled time. Some passengers reported that after about 30 minutes into the flight, they heard an explosion, following which the smoke could be smelled in the plane. However, according to Laura Masvidal, the spokesperson of American Airlines, there was no explosion and the decision for emergency landing was made due to smell of smoke in the cockpit.

A plane full of British holidaymakers endured a return flight from the Caribbean that suffered so many mechanical failures it took four days to get home. Monarch flight 368 had been due to leave Tobago on Wednesday April 2. But after a journey that included an emergency landing in Barbados after smoke and fumes began to fill the cabin, the traumatised travellers did not reach Gatwick until the early hours of April 6 – almost four days late

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Maintenance teams are assessing a JetBlue plane that was forced to return to Jamaica after the flight crew smelled smoke. Alfred McDonald is a director at Jamaica’s Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. He said evaluations of the carrier’s Embraer 190 plane were ongoing Tuesday. The Fort Lauderdale-bound JetBlue plane with 98 passengers returned to the Kingston airport some 15 minutes after takeoff Monday night. McDonald says “the pilot detected smoke in the cockpit and decided to….

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By Simon O’Brien Afternoon editor, brisbanetimes.com.au

Emergency crews were on standby as a plane, filling with fumes, was forced to land at Brisbane Airport this afternoon. Firefighters rushed onboard the aircraft after it landed safely and two crew members and one passenger were treated for minor smoke inhalation, Nine News reported. The Qantaslink Dash 8 landed safely and all passengers disembarked, a Qantas spokeswoman said. “QantasLink flight QF 2128 from Sydney to Gladstone diverted to Brisbane due to reports of fumes in the cockpit,” she said. “The aircraft landed normally and will undergo an engineering inspection to determine the source of the fumes. Thirty three passengers on board will continue their journey this evening on another QantasLink flight.” Advertisement The incident happened about 5pm.

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By Sam Downing, ninemsn

Professional pilot Chris Goodfellow speculated via his Google+ account that “there was most likely a fire or electrical fire” on board the Boeing 777, which produced “horrific incapacitating smoke” that caused the pilots to pass out. “What I think happened is that [the pilots] were overcome by smoke and the plane just continued on … autopilot until either fuel exhaustion or fire destroyed the control surfaces and it crashed,” Goodfellow wrote. He speculated that a cockpit fire could explain why the plane seemingly turned, in order to make “a direct route” to a landing strip at the Malaysian island of Palau Langkawi. Goodfellow added that, in the event of an electrical fire, the plane’s transponders and communications systems may have been shut off to pinpoint the source of the fault. While MH370 pilots Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah and First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid have been cast as suspects in the plane’s disappearance, Goodfellow’s theory would seemingly vindicate them. “This pilot did all the right things” but “just didn’t have the time” to save the plane, Goodfellow wrote. Goodfellow posted the theory on Saturday, before Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak said radar data suggested the plane had been deliberately redirected from its flight path. The Atlantic writer and pilot James Fallows said Goodfellow’s “explanation makes better sense than anything else I’ve heard so far” — but others have pointed out its flaws. MH370 continued to make sharp turns after it overflew Langkawi, and “such vigorous navigating would have been impossible for unconscious men,” writes Slate’s Jeff Wise. Wise added that electronic “pings” sent from the plane would also put it at a location not possible to be reached without human intervention. Retired pilot Michael G. Fortune told Business Insider that, if MH370’s pilots had changed their destination, they would have “communicated their emergency and intentions” to air traffic controllers. Even Goodfellow himself later admitted that information revealed since he put forward his theory casts doubt on it. “There really is no point in speculating further until more evidence surfaces,” he concluded. “But in the meantime it serves no purpose to malign the pilots who well may have been in an heroic struggle to save this aircraft from a fire or other serious mechanical issue and were overcome.”

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A United Airways flight had to return to Yeager Airport in Charleston after a warning light activated. Yeager Airport Police tell WSAZ.com, the flight took off from Yeager Airport early Monday afternoon and was headed to Dulles International Airportin Washington, DC. A warning light indicating smoke in the cargo area activated. Crews searched the cargo area and didn’t find anything, but decided to turn around and head back to Yeager as a precaution. All of the passengers were able to get off the plane safely. The flight has been put on hold. Passengers will be put on other flights or will make other arrangements.

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Over 150 people were evacuated after smoke was discovered in a plane at Philadelphia International Airport on Saturday. Officials say Delta Flight 987 was scheduled to depart for Salt Lake City Saturday morning when smoke was found inside the cockpit shortly before takeoff. “Flight 987, a Boeing 737-800 departing from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City with 150 passengers on board, returned to the gate shortly after pushback when the Captain experienced a smoky odor in the vicinity of the cockpit,” said Delta Air Lines spokesman Paul Skrbec. “Out of an abundance of caution, the Captain elected return to the gate and advised emergency ground personnel.” The plane returned to the gate and the 159 passengers and crew were evacuated and evaluated. No injuries were reported. Officials say the smoke dissipated but they have not yet revealed the cause. “All passengers onboard deplaned without incident and will be accommodated on the next available flight scheduled in the day today,” Skrbec said. “The aircraft is currently in maintenance. We apologize to the passengers for the inconvenience.”

By Eunice Lee/The Star-Ledger

An United Airlines flight en route from Washington, D.C., to Frankfurt made an emergency landing in Newark because of reported smoke smelled in the cockpit, officials confirmed. United flight 932 departed Washington at 9:55 p.m. Friday bound for Germany but landed at Newark Liberty International Airport at 11:30 p.m. due to the report of smoke smelled, United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said via email. No one was injured, but a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Anthony Hayes, said three to five people went to an area hospital as a precaution. It is not immediately clear what caused the reported smell of smoke and authorities are investigating the incident, he said.

By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

A United Airlines Express flight en route from Washington Dulles to Boston diverted to Delaware’s New Castle Airport near Wilmington after the plane’s pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, Federal Aviation Administration officials tell The Associated Press. United Flight 3759 had 61 passengers and four crew on board when the Canadair CRJ700 regional jet diverted and landed safely at the Delaware airport around 9:45 a.m. ET, according to The News Journal of Wilmington. No one was hurt, according to reports from the scene. LOCAL REPORT: United Express jet makes emergency landing at New Castle Airport (The News Journal) The flight was operated by United Express affiliate Mesa Airlines. Flight 3759 passenger Sarah Barney tells AP via e-mail that she first noticed something unusual when the plane began to descend only about 20 minutes into flight. The AP has more of Barney’s account, writing: “Soon after, the plane’s air masks came down. Barney, a frequent flier, said the captain came on to say they would be returning to Dulles. She said she smelled a gas-like scent and people closer to the front of the plane noticed smoke. She said the ride was ‘extremely rocky’ and passengers were asked to keep their seatbelts on and be ready for an emergency exit on landing.” “The last four minutes of the flight were terrifying and I think all of us were quite unsure of how it was going the end,” Barney says in her email to AP. The News Journal says firefighters met the jet after on arrival and that the Delaware Air National Guard base provided buses to take the passengers and crew to the terminal.

By Jorge Milian Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A Southwest Airlines flight carrying 148 people landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport this afternoon following a report of smoke in the cockpit, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue spokesman Capt. Albert Borroto. Fire rescue crews responded to the airport around 12:50 p.m. The jet was carrying 16,000 pounds of fuel, Borroto said. No injuries were reported.

Reporting by Tim Kelly and Kentaro Sugiyama in Tokyo, Alwyn Scott in Seattle and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Chicago; Editing by Steve Orlofsky, Jeffrey Benkoe and Bernard Orr)

TOKYO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – Japan Airlines Co Ltd said it temporarily grounded one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport on Tuesday after white smoke was spotted outside the plane and a battery cell appeared to be leaking. The incident raised fresh concerns about the 787’s safety and reliability almost exactly one year after the global Dreamliner fleet was grounded by regulators following the overheating of two batteries, although Boeing said design changes made as a result had worked as planned. Boeing Co said it was “aware of the 787 issue that occurred Tuesday afternoon at Narita, which appears to have involved the venting of a single battery cell.” Venting is the process of fumes and heat being channeled outside the aircraft when the battery overheats. “The issue occurred during scheduled maintenance activities with no passengers on board,” said Boeing. “The improvements made to the 787 battery system last year appear to have worked as designed.” Boeing shares fell 0.6 percent to $139.87 on the New York Stock Exchange. The incident, which was disclosed by Japan Airlines early on Wednesday local time, came nearly a year to the day after Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways grounded their 787 fleets after two 787 batteries overheated on two different planes in less than two weeks. Global regulators grounded the worldwide fleet on January 16, 2013. The 787s remained grounded for more than three months while Boeing redesigned the battery, charger and containment system to ensure battery fires would not put the airplane at risk. The cause of the battery problems has not been determined. United Airlines, the only U.S. carrier that uses the 787, said: “Our 787s are operating normally and we have not experienced any issues with our batteries.” Japan Airlines said maintenance engineers who were in the cockpit saw white smoke outside the plane. When they went outside the aircraft the smoke had dispersed. On returning to the cockpit, the engineers found warning lights indicating possible faults with the main battery and charger. When they checked the battery they found one of eight cells was leaking a liquid. The plane, due to depart from Narita for Bangkok, was taken out of service, and the 158 passengers due to board the plane were put on a separate 787, JAL said. PLAGUED WITH PROBLEMS The 787 Dreamliner is Boeing’s state-of-the-art plane, built with carbon-fiber composite materials and a powerful electrical system to reduce weight and improve the jet’s fuel efficiency. But the 250-seat jetliner, which costs about $212 million at list prices, has been plagued with problems. It was more than three years late in entering service, due to issues with parts fabrication by suppliers around the world. Since entering service, it has had issues with brakes, fuel lines, electrical panels and hydraulics, and other systems. The overheating of the jet’s lithium-ion batteries raised serious concerns last year, prompting world-wide grounding of the fleet after a fire on a Japan Airlines plane in Boston and a second battery that overheated on an All Nippon Airways flight in Japan less than two weeks later. In July, after the 787 was cleared to return to service, an Ethiopian Airlines jet caught fire at London’s Heathrow Airport, scorching the fuselage. The cause of the fire was never firmly established, but UK investigators traced the probable cause to faulty wiring of a lithium battery in an emergency beacon located in the ceiling near the tail of the plane. EXPERTS WEIGH IN Aerospace experts said the latest Japan Airlines incident was troubling, but were cautious about drawing broader conclusions. Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst at Teal Group in Fairfax, Virginia, said the incident raised two questions: whether the new system that contains the problem had worked, and whether the root cause of the battery problems will ultimately be discovered. “The real issue with containing the problem, rather than getting to the root cause of the problem, concerns economics,” Aboulafia said. “Incidents can be successfully contained, but if you continue to see incidents like these, you’ve got a mounting bill from taking jets offline, and repairing their battery systems. You’ve got an image problem, too.” Hans Weber, a former FAA adviser and president of TECOP International, an aerospace technology consulting firm, said the incident might provide more clues about the cause of the problem, such as overcharging. He said it appeared the containment system worked. “It limited the problem to one faulty cell. It contained the problem and vented the fumes outside the airplane, as designed,” he said, basing his comments on Japan Airlines’ initial statements about the incident. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it is aware of the incident and is gathering information. Separately, the NTSB is still investigating the battery fire that occurred on the Japan Airlines 787 in Boston a year ago, and said last week it is due to complete that investigation in March. The agency did not say whether the latest battery incident would affect the timing of the Boston investigation. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it was working with Boeing and the Civil Aviation Bureau of Japan to investigate the battery malfunction. The agency certified Boeing’s revamped 787 battery system as safe last year after the Dreamliner fleet was grounded for more than three months. The agency also launched a review of the design, manufacture and assembly of the 787 in January last year and said its report would be released last summer, but it has so far not released the report and has not responded to questions about when that review would be finished. (Reporting by Tim Kelly and Kentaro Sugiyama in Tokyo, Alwyn Scott in Seattle and Nivedita Bhattacharjee in Chicago; Editing by Steve Orlofsky, Jeffrey Benkoe and Bernard Orr)

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By http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/, January 3rd, 2014

A flight from Winnipeg to Minneapolis had to make an emergency landing at the Winnipeg airport because of smoke that started filling the cockpit shortly after takeoff. Skywest flight 4476, operating as a Delta connection, left Winnipeg with 45 passengers on board at 1:01 p.m. It landed again at 1:21 p.m. No injuries have been reported and the plane landed safely, said Hazel Sainsbury, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Airport Authority. Read more: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/plane-makes-emergency-landing-after-cockpit-fills-with-smoke-1.1617020#ixzz2pbJzBcRJ Mechanics determined the smoke was caused by de-iceing fluid that had gotten into the aft equipment bay, Sainsbury said. Passengers were taken to the US passenger lounge. Skywest flight 4476 was cancelled and all passengers were accommodated on other flights, Sainsbury said. Joyce Douglas was on the flight. She said the incident gave her quite a fright. “Everyone was very calm and then we flew back and it was about 25 minutes, and as we landed, that’s when we saw all the fire trucks, and that’s when we relzaed something kinda scary was happening,” she told CTV via phone from the passneger lounge. Douglas missed her connecting flights as a result of the incident.

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LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Silver Airways plane carrying 35 people made an emergency landing at Southwest Florida International Airport after reports of smoke filling the cockpit. The plane was on its way from Key West to Tampa, but was rerouted to RSW when it experienced an electronic problem. The plane landed safely at RSW at 8:53 a.m. Thursday. American Airlines oversees Silver, and will be making accommodations for the passengers.

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By BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press, July 24th 2013

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A fast-moving fire that began in cargo containing lithium batteries turned the inside of a United Parcel Service plane into a “catastrophic” chain reaction of flames and smoke before a crash three years ago in the desert outside Dubai, according to a report released Wednesday. The 322-page investigation into the crash, which killed both pilots, backed up preliminary probes pointing to the lithium batteries as the possible cause of the blaze and drew further attention to the potential risks of the batteries in aviation. Lithium batteries have been the subject of fire-related probes on the Boeing 787 “Dreamliner.” The entire 787 fleet was grounded for about three months earlier this year after a fire in a battery on a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport, and a smoking battery that led to an emergency landing by an All Nippon Airways 787 in Japan. The United Arab Emirates’ report said investigators for General Civil Aviation Authority found “with reasonable certainty” that the fire aboard the UPS Boeing 747-400 crash began in cargo containing thousands of lithium batteries of various designs. The chain-reaction fire quickly filled the cockpit with smoke before the plane went down on Sept. 3, 2010, about an hour into the flight to Cologne, Germany. The report noted that investigators could not cannot pinpoint the factors that started the fire, but noted a phenomenon called “thermal runaway.” This is an uncontrolled chemical reaction that leads to progressively hotter temperatures. Lithium batteries are sensitive to temperature. If the batteries are exposed to excessive heat, they can short circuit and experience thermal runaway. If one battery experiences thermal runaway or catches fire, it can cause other nearby batteries short-circuit and ignite. At a meeting in Washington last week, the director of the Air Line Pilots Association’s dangerous goods program, Mark Rogers, said the UPS plane was carrying between 80,000 to 90,000 lithium ion and lithium metal batteries as cargo and in equipment. The report described the fire as a “chain reaction which spread to the available combustible material” and apparently was not spotted by smoke detectors in its early moments. “The fire escalated rapidly into a catastrophic, uncontained” blaze, the report said. The report included more than 35 recommendations, including better early-warning systems in cargo holds to detect fires, and adding equipment that could aid pilot visibility in smoky conditions. It added that shippers of some of the lithium battery cargo loaded onto the plane in Hong Kong “did not properly declare these shipments” and did not provide battery test reports recommended under U.N. aviation guidelines. Before publication of the report, UPS had begun implementing new systems to improve pilot vision and protocols to quickly use full-face oxygen masks when needed, said a statement from the Independent Pilots Association in Louisville, Kentucky. Atlanta-based UPS has ordered 1,821 fiber-reinforced plastic shipping containers designed to withstand intense fires for four hours or longer, giving “pilots more time to safely land their planes in an emergency,” said a company spokesman, Malcolm Berkley. In November, the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington urged that fire-suppression systems be installed in all cargo containers or compartments of planes to prevent in-flight blazes that have killed four cargo pilots since 2006, including the two who perished in Dubai. “Nearly three years following this tragic accident, UPS pilots welcome the release of this final report,” said the Independent Pilots Association president, Robert Travis, who added that the group has worked with UPS on a system that could suppress and contain a fire for up to four hours. This month the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration urged that Boeing inspect all emergency locator transmitters on all 787s following a fire aboard one of the airliners that was parked at London’s Heathrow Airport. As part of the inspection, the transmitter’s lithium battery compartment would be checked for heat or moisture. The 787 is the first airliner to make extensive use of rechargeable lithium ion batteries.