January 20, 2018
Source: Courtney Han | abcnews.go.com
Passengers on an American Airlines flight suffered some tense moments on Thursday after they were instructed to brace for impact as their plane made an emergency landing due to mechanical issues. The entire frightening incident was recorded by a passenger. In a video from passenger Steve Ramsthel, a flight attendant tells passengers, “you will need to be seated in a brace position for landing.”
The plane, operated by Mesa Airlines, was traveling from Phoenix and ultimately landed safely at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Ramsthel told Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV that he could smell smoke in the plane. “There were some people crossing themselves, but I thought the adrenaline was high and everybody just cooperated,” Ramsthel said. “It was pretty amazing to be honest with you.” Ramsthel, who is a certified pilot, said passengers remained calm and the captain and crew handled the situation very well.
American Airlines later released a statement, saying, “A flight made an emergency landing on January 17 due to mechanical issues stemming from a broken fan. There were no reported injuries.” The plane has been inspected, and is now back in service, according to the airline.
January 15, 2018
Source: Jesus Reyes | www.kesq.com
An Alaskan Airlines flight that took off at Palm Springs International Airport and was scheduled to land in San Francisco, was diverted to LAX after smoke was reported in the cockpit. AlaskaAir flight 1599 took off from the Palm Springs at 7:30 pm. The plane landed safely on a runway at LAX at a little after 8:30 pm. No word at this time on what may have caused the problem.
January 9, 2018
Source: Simon Hradecky | The Aviation Herald
An Aeroflot Boeing 737-800, registration VQ-BWA performing flight SU-1415 (dep Jan 8th) from Ekaterinburg to Moscow Sheremetyevo (Russia) with 149 people on board, was descending towards Moscow when sparks and smoke were observed from the cabin ceiling near the cockpit door. Cabin crew discharegd fire extinguishers which stopped the sparks and smoke. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Sheremetyevo’s runway 24R.
Moscow’s Transport Prosecution Office reported there was sparking and smoke pollution from the video surveillance equipment due to a wiring/insulation fault. Rosaviatsia reported smoke was detected coming from the cabin ceiling in the cabin just at the cockpit door. Cabin crew discharged a fire extinguisher. After some time the sparks and smoke re-occurred, another fire extinguisher was discharged which stopped the sparks and smoke. The aircraft continued to Sheremetyevo Airport and was removed from service. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Moscow about 18 hours after landing.
December 21, 2017
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – A Delta passenger airplane was diverted to Colorado Springs Municipal Airport Thursday after smoke started filling up the cockpit. The Boeing 737 was on its way to Los Angeles from Raleigh, North Carolina, when it had to make the emergency stop. Officials tell us all of the passengers and crew members exited the plane safely. At this time, it’s not known what caused the smoke in the cockpit. Officials didn’t say if the pilots suffered from any smoke inhalation. Delta says it’s bringing another aircraft to COS to pick up those passengers.
December 17, 2017
All Nippon Airways’ flight ANA/NH805 from Tokyo/Narita, Japan to Bangkok/Suvarnabhumi, Thailand, operated by a Boeing 787-8, diverted to Naha Airport (OKA/ROAH), Japan, due to smoke and odor in the cabin and cockpit while flying over Tokunoshima island, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan. The flight crew declared an emergency at 21:07 LT, and the plane made a safe landing at Naha at 21:40 LT.
December 14, 2017
Source: Tom Mack | www.leicestermercury.co.uk
The pilots of a cargo plane about to take off at East Midlands Airport had to evacuate the jet after it filled with hot smoke. The pilot and co-pilot – who were the only two people onboard – had at first disregarded a fire alarm that went off but after it sounded the second time they radioed the airport’s ground crew who confirmed that smoke was coming out of the rear of the Boeing 747.
According to a report by the government’s Air Accidents Investigations Branch, “The co-pilot walked to the forward galley and found that the smoke was thickening rapidly and was getting hotter, with the source of the smoke beneath the cargo deck floor.”
Both pilots managed to get to safety and the fault was traced to a duct with a broken clamp leaking very hot air into the plane. The incident has led to the freight company – which was not named in the report – replacing the faulty clamp on all 747-300 and 747-400 cargo aircraft. The incident happened at 12.15am on February 3 at the Leicestershire airport as the plane was about to take off on a scheduled freight trip to Edinburgh. The co-pilot was about to request permission to be reversed out from the terminal in preparation for take-off when a fire warning bell sounded but they saw no fire warning lights and cancelled the bell. But 10 seconds later the bell sounded again.
The report stated: “The commander asked the ground crew whether they could see any smoke or fire coming from the aircraft.”
“The ground crew reported that smoke was emanating from the rear of the aircraft.
“Whilst this message was being received, the crew observed and smelt smoke entering the cockpit, despite the cockpit door being closed.”
After finding the smoke in the galley, the airport fire engines were called out and the co-pilot opened the cockpit door and shouted to the ground crew to bring the boarding stairs up to the aircraft so they could get out.
December 12, 2017
An aircraft of British Airways, flying from Mumbai to London, made an emergency landing in the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku, the airport told Trend Dec. 11. The emergency landing was made after smoke in cockpit.
“135 passengers and 17 crew members were on the board of Boeing-777, the plane made a successful landing and is at Heydar Aliyev airport now”, the airport said.
December 11, 2017
Japan Air Commuter’s flight JAC/JC3768 from Tanegashima to Kagoshima, a DHC-8-Q402, suffered smoke in the cabin and the cockpit during a final approach to Kagoshima. The airplane made an emergency landing at Kagoshima, and was stuck on the runway for one hour and twenty minutes, causing 11 other commercial flights to be cancelled and 3 more diverted. No personal injuries were reported among 26 passengers and 4 crew. The smoke may be water mist.
December 10, 2017
Kaitlyn Kanzler | www.northjersey.com
A United Airlines flight heading to Cancun was forced to turn back to Newark Liberty International Airport Friday after the crew reported there was smoke in the cockpit, authorities said. The plane safely landed at the airport and there were no reported injuries, said Joe Pentangelo, senior police public information officer for the Port Authority. No other information was immediately available.
“United Airlines Flight 1048, headed for Cancun, Mexico, returned to Newark shortly after takeoff due to a maintenance issue,” United Airlines said in a statement. “The flight landed safely and taxied to a gate.”
The passengers were put onto a new plane and left two hours later than planned, airline officials said.
“We apologize to our customers for the delay,” the statement continued.
December 7, 2017
Source: Shane Benjamin | durangoherald.com
A United Airlines flight that departed Durango en route for Denver on Thursday morning was turned around shortly after takeoff because of a report of smoke in the aircraft. Flight No. 4473 departed at 8:39 a.m. from Durango-La Plata County Airport and declared an in-flight emergency at 8:44 a.m., said Toni Vicari, director of aviation at the airport. “The report that we received was smoke in the aircraft,” he said. The smoke was reported to be in the lavatory, he said. The CRJ700 aircraft turned around and landed safely at 8:52 a.m. Firefighters at the airport inspected the plane but found no signs of active fire. The plane remained grounded as of Thursday afternoon. “We have no reports of anyone injured or aircraft damage,” Vicari said. Airport emergency staff cleared the scene at 9:23 a.m. The plane holds 70 passengers and a three-person crew; it had 71 people on board at the time.
November 22, 2017
An IndiGo flight from Delhi to Visakhapatnam returned to Delhi safely and made an emergency landing after smoke was detected in its cockpit on Wednesday, November 22. All the 170 passengers onboard IndiGo 6E719 Delhi-Vizag aircraft are safe. The cause of the smoke is not known yet.
A full emergency was declared soon after the smoke was detected in the cockpit of the aircraft. There has not been an official announcement from IndiGo.
November 16, 2017
Source: Tina Comeau | http://www.hantsjournal.ca
Aurora aircraft made an emergency landing at the Yarmouth International Airport on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 16, after the airport was told the crew had detected a smell of smoke in the cockpit.
There were no injuries and any emergency dissipated quickly by the time the plane was down safely on the runway.
Airport manager Mike Fields said the tower operator in Yarmouth received a call from Moncton Air Traffic Control alerting the airport that an Aurora was going to touch down very quickly at the Yarmouth airport.
“They had smoke in the cockpit, no fire, and they were inbound to our runway,” Fields said about what they were told. “From there we launched our emergency response action plan and called 911. All the first responders responded appropriately.”
Responding were RCMP, the Yarmouth Fire Department and EHS. Within less than half an hour all first responders had cleared the scene.
November 13, 2017
Two days after Lithium-ion camera battery catches fire and cause a big scare at Orland Airport another lithium battery incident takes place mid-flight on IndiGo flight.
Source: Saurabh Sinha | https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
NEW DELHI: In yet another case of a personal electronic device (PED) emitting smoke after possibly catching fire, a laptop on IndiGo’s Thiruvananthapuram-Bengaluru flight had to be sprayed with fire extinguishers last Saturday (November 11). The latest scare happened on 6E-445 (VT-IGV) when passengers reported burning smell from a black bag. The airline crew sprayed fire extinguisher, relocated passengers from nearby seats and kept the laptop in a container of water till the plane landed safely.
Confirming this, an IndiGo spokeperson said: “IndiGo crew operating flight 6E-445 from Thiruvananthapuram to Bengaluru noticed the smoke smell in the cabin on November 11, 2017. The crew quickly identified minor sparks coming from the hat-rack of seat 24RH and immediately informed the pilot-in-command. Taking precautionary measures, the cabin crew on priority relocated all passengers from adjacent seats. Smoke from a black laptop placed in the hand baggage was discharged with a fire extinguisher, as per the standard operating procedures prescribed by the aircraft manufacturer. The laptop was then transferred into a container filled with water in lavatory. The aircraft made a normal landing at Bengaluru airport, all passengers were deplaned as per normal procedure and the DGCA was voluntarily informed.”
November 2, 2017
An Aer Lingus flight from Cork to London Heathrow was forced to turn back shortly into its journey after smoke was seen in the cockpit. The flight had been due to depart at 11.50am but was delayed until 12.46pm. Shortly into the flight, the alarm was raised, and it turned back, landing safely at Cork Airport at 13.23pm. The airport was put on full alert, with fire crews and ambulances on standby. There were 151 passengers and crew on board. Passengers had to be evacuated by chute and stairs but there are no reports of any injuries. A full technical investigation of the Airbus 320 is now under way. The Air Accident Unit of the Department of Transport has also been notified. The airline has said the emergency landing was made due to a “technical issue” with the aircraft. A spokesman for Cork Airport would not comment on reports of smoke in the cockpit. Efforts are now being made to transfer or re-schedule flights for passengers.
September 25, 2017
At the time the government certified Boeing’s 787 Dreamliners as safe, federal rules barred the type of batteries used to power the airliner’s electrical systems from being carried as cargo on passenger planes because of the fire risk.
Now the situation is reversed.
Dreamliners worldwide were grounded nearly three weeks ago after lithium ion batteries that are part of the planes led to a fire in one plane and smoke in a second. But new rules exempt aircraft batteries from the ban on large lithium ion batteries as cargo on flights by passenger planes.
In effect, that means the Dreamliner’s batteries are now allowed to fly only if they’re not attached to a Dreamliner.
The regulations were published on Jan. 7, the same day as a battery fire in a Japan Airlines 787 parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport that took firefighters nearly 40 minutes to put out.
Pilots and safety advocates say the situation doesn’t make sense. If the 787’s battery system is too risky to allow the planes to fly, then it’s too risky to ship the same batteries as cargo on airliners, they said.
“These incidents have raised the whole issue of lithium batteries and their use in aviation,” said Jim Hall, a former National Transportation Safety Board chairman. “Any transport of lithium batteries on commercial aircraft for any purpose should be suspended until (an) NTSB investigation is complete and we know more about this entire issue.”
Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, a former US Airways pilot famed for his precision flying that enabled passengers and crew to survive an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York, said in an interview that he wouldn’t be comfortable flying an airliner that carried lithium ion aircraft batteries in its cargo hold.
The battery rules were changed in order to conform U.S. shipping requirements with international standards as required by Congress, the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration said in a statement.
The NTSB is investigating the cause of the 787 battery fire in Boston. Japanese authorities are investigating a battery failure that led to an emergency landing by an All Nippon Airways 787 on Jan. 16. All Dreamliners, which are operated by eight airlines in seven countries, have since been grounded.
September 21, 2017
Source: Phil Davies | www.travelweekly.co.uk
Smoke appeared in the cockpit of an easyJet aircraft due to an electrical fault known to the manufacturer, an investigation found.
The airline was unaware 10 similar failures had been reported previously, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
Of the 11 failures, at least seven had resulted in diversions, a report by AAIB revealed.
The captain and first officer of the easyJet flight became aware of smoke and fumes 11 minutes after taking off from Edinburgh.
There were 172 passengers on board the flight on November 28 last year.
The pilots were forced to wear oxygen masks, issue a mayday alert and divert the Airbus A320 to Newcastle.
The source of the smoke was traced to an overheated device which converts voltage in the cockpit, the AAIB found.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus did transmit warnings about the problem but they were in a format used for “information” rather than “instructions” and were not routinely reviewed by easyJet.
Another “large UK operator” also did not regularly study these messages, the inquiry revealed.
EasyJet believes the defect should have been “classified as a safety issue” and communicated to carriers in higher-profile alerts.
“Both the aircraft manufacturer and the operator intend further safety action, in addition to that which has already been taken,” the AAIB report said.
There was also a three-minute delay in the co-pilot being able to speak to cabin crew due to difficulties using the aircraft’s communication system.
The incident occurred on flight EZY6931 from Edinburgh to Hamburg.
The aircraft landed safely in Newcastle and the passengers were able to disembark normally.
August 12, 2017
A Skywest Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N868AS performing flight OO-4281/DL-4281 from Detroit,MI to Newburgh,NY (USA) with 45 passengers and 3 crew, was enroute at FL290 about 30nm south of Buffalo,NY when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and diverted the aircraft to Buffalo for a safe landing about 20 minutes later. Attending emergency services found no trace of fire or heat.
The aircraft remained on the ground for about 4.5 hours, then continued the journey and reached Newburgh with a delay of 4:45 hours.
August 11, 2017
A Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N583HA performing flight HA-64 from Lihue,HI to Los Angeles,CA (USA) with 276 people on board, was enroute at FL370 about 1200nm eastnortheast of Lihue about 3 hours into the flight and about 1000nm northeast of Hilo,HI (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to turn around and divert to Hilo (with a substantial tail wind during the diversion), where the aircraft landed safely about 2:20 hours later. The aircraft taxied to the apron, where the passengers disembarked normally.
A replacement Boeing 767-300 registration N588HA reached Los Angeles with a delay of 11 hours.
The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Hilo about 12 hours after landing.
August 9, 2017
An Expressjet Embraer ERJ-145 on behalf of United, registration N15574 performing flight EV-3968/UA-3968 from Chicago O’Hare,IL (USA) to Montreal,QC (Canada) with 50 passengers and 3 crew, was enroute at FL350 about 50nm northwest of Buffalo,NY (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and diverted the aircraft to Buffalo for a safe landing on runway 23 about 25 minutes after leaving FL350. Emergency services checked the aircraft, the aircraft subsequently taxied to the apron.
A replacement Embraer ERJ-145 registration N14148 reached Montreal with a delay of 6:40 hours.
The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for 14 hours then positioned back to Chicago.
August 4, 2017
An Egypt Air Airbus A330-200, registration SU-GCG performing flight MS-640 from Madinah (Saudi Arabia) to Cairo (Egypt) with 50 passengers and 10 crew, was climbing out of Madinah when the crew stopped the climb at about FL110 reporting smoke in the cockpit and returned to Madinah for a safe landing on runway 35 about 15 minutes later.
The occurrence aircraft was able to depart after about 4 hours on the ground and reached Cairo with a delay of 4:10 hours.
August 2, 2017
A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, registration D-AIMI performing flight LH-440 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), was enroute at FL380 near Montreal,QC (Canada) when smoke and fire broke out in the cabin of the aircraft, which was extinguished by cabin crew.
A passenger in the aft cabin reported the aircraft was enroute near Montreal when a fire alarm triggered and smoke developed. The captain announced a short circuit had triggered a fire in the cabin. The passenger reported everything except the exit signs went dark, only sirens could be heard. Obviously vents were opened, an air rush exiting the cabin could be felt. Flight attendants battled the fire with fire extinguishers. After the fire was out the captain announced, that there had been no damage to the aircraft, and they were able to continue to the destination.
July 31, 2017
A Westjet Boeing 737-800, registration C-FWSE performing flight WS-658 from Calgary,AB to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 158 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL370 about 40nm southeast of Winnipeg,MB (Canada) when the crew smelled electrical fumes and observed smoke originating from the audio panel #2. The crew diverted the aircraft to Winnipeg where the aircraft landed safely about 20 minutes later.
The Canadian TSB reported maintenance replaced the #2 audio panel.
July 4, 2017
An Air Canada Airbus A320-200, registration C-GQCA performing flight AC-185 from Toronto,ON to Vancouver,BC (Canada) with 122 people on board, was climbing through FL290 out of Toronto when the crew observed a burning smell followed by smoke in the cockpit. The crew declared Mayday and returned to Toronto. During the approach to smoke dissipated. The aircraft landed safely, was inspected by emergency services and taxied to the gate.
The Canadian TSB did not (yet) report about the cause of the odour and smoke.
July 1, 2017
Source by FoxNew13 Robert Boyd
SPANISH FORK, Utah — A Utah County pilot had to make an emergency landing in a cornfield Saturday after his engine blew up 1,000 feet over Utah Lake.
“It was just the slightest little shake that didn’t feel right,” said pilot Mike Patey.
The shake was Patey’s engine exploding. Flying right next to him, in his own plane, was his twin brother Mark Patey.
June 27, 2017
Passengers aboard a flight to Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport were forced evacuate their plane after a smoky landing this morning, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Everything aboard American Eagle Flight 3492 from Mobile, Alabama, operated by Envoy Air was business as usual this morning until the plane was already on the ground, according to the airline. Upon landing, the aircraft’s brakes became hot and began to produce smoke, according to American Airlines spokesperson Ross Feinstein.
The airport and American Airlines told ABC News the plane landed safely and no one suffered any serious injuries.
June 23, 2017
Source by: Simon Hradecky
A Jetblue Embraer ERJ-190, registration N187JB performing flight B6-913 from Westchester, NY to Fort Lauderdale, FL (USA) with 98 passengers and 4 crew, was enroute at FL380 about 110nm north of Charleston, SC (USA) when the crew donned their oxygen masks, reported smoke in the cockpit and diverted to Charleston for a safe landing about 20 minutes later. The aircraft vacated the runway, stopped just past the hold short line and was evacuated via slides. There were no injuries. A replacement Embraer ERJ-190 registration N307JB was dispatched to Charleston, resumed the flight and reached Fort Lauderdale with a delay of 6.5 hours.
Watch video footage of evacuation
Video Source: ABC News
June 21, 2017
Source by: Anita Lee
Gulfport police and fire officials from the Combat Readiness Training Center responded to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport Tuesday after a U.S. Coast Guard aircraft had to make an emergency landing, the airport director said.
Clay Williams, director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, said the pilot called the airport from the air, saying there was smoke coming from the cockpit.
June 20, 2017
Source By: Melanie Kraft
A Scandinavian Airlines Systems plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Gdansk, Poland, shortly after takeoff on Tuesday due to smoke in the cabin.
A spokesman for Polish firefighters says a plane with 94 people aboard flying from Gdansk to Copenhagen returned to the airport and made an emergency landing after smoke appeared on board. No injuries were reported.
The Airbus 319 (reg. OY-KBR) had been due to fly from Gdansk to Copenhagen, and had been scheduled to arrive in the Danish capital at 0710 LT.
June 16, 2017
By: Simon Hradecky
A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILR performing flight LH-16 from Frankfurt/Main to Hamburg (Germany) with 130 passengers, was descending towards Hamburg when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Hamburg’s runway 33 and stopped on the runway. The passengers disembarked via stairs and were taken to the terminal.
June 12, 2017
An American Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration N275AY performing flight AA-759 from Athens (Greece) to Philadelphia,PA (USA), was enroute at FL360 about 70nm southwest of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew requested to divert to London Heathrow,EN (UK) reporting smoke in the cabin, but declining to declare emergency, subsequently advising it was an electrical odour. The aircraft landed safely on Heathrow’s runway 27L about one hour later.
The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Heathrow about 7 hours after landing.
June 8, 2017
TOKYO (Reuters) – Smoke was detected in the cockpit of a Korean Air Lines flight on Friday as it approached Fukuoka airport in southern Japan, but there was no fire reported and no injuries among the passengers, civil aviation and transport officials said.
All 162 passengers and crew on the plane disembarked normally, officials said.
The cause of the smoke in the cockpit of the Boeing 737 has not yet been determined, the transport ministry official said.
The pilot of flight 783 from Busan, South Korea, reported to the control tower that there was smoke in the cockpit as the plane neared Fukuoka airport.
The smoke cleared once the plane landed, an official at the Civil Aviation Bureau in Fukuoka said.
April 30, 2017
By: Daily Mail UK
Pallbearers making their way from Inverness, Scotland, to the late Duke of Westminster’s funeral on board his £5million private jet had to evacuate his plane after the cockpit filled with smoke….
April 25, 2017
Smoke reportedly engulfed ’Aero Contractors flight NG316 from Port Harcourt International airport to Lagos on April 18, causing panic among the passengers. The smoke engulfed the cabin some 20 minutes after take-off and continued until it touched down in Lagos. The flight had departed Port Harcourt airport at 1608GMT with 52 adults and one infant on board. The plane was a Bombardier Q300 Dash 8. There are different accounts of the incident with some claiming that the smoke came from the baggage compartment. The airline’s Managing Director Captain Ado Sanusi said on Wednesday that the smoke originated in the cargo section of the aircraft and got into the cabin through the air-conditioning system. He said the pilot however conducted the flight well and landed safely, adding that there was no technical problem with the airplane. Capt. Sanusi, who has also reported the incident to aviation authorities, said another round of thorough investigation was ongoing. One of the passengers who noted that officials of the Fire Service Emergency Unit were already waiting on the runway as the plane eventually landed in Lagos, however stated that no apology or explanation was offered to the passengers. Barely 48 hours later, another airliner, Air Peace, grounded two of its planes after they brushed each other while being towed to the ramp of the General Aviation Terminal [GAT] of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to be in position for departure. Air Peace said the wing of one of the planes, a B737 with registration number 5N-BQR, brushed the wings of another stationary plane with registration number 5N-BQP on the ramp. There were no passengers on either aircraft at the time of the incident. Flying is often said to be the safest form of transport. Globally, data show that flying is about five times safer than it was a quarter century ago, with twice as many airplanes carrying twice as many people but when midair calamity strikes, the results are often catastrophic. Speculation is immediately and unhesitatingly articulated by social media trending, and news of such avoidable air mishap travels fast, moving relatives of passengers quickly from a state of anxiety to one of hysteria. While we may always have the occasional accident and near collisions, the onus is on the authorities to strive even harder to avoid the avoidable ones which are due to poor maintenance, lack of observing the rules or what are lumped together as “pilot error.” For smoking to be billowing into the cabin of a plane in flight is a terrifying experience for passengers and even the crew. We are very happy to note that this particular incident did not end in a catastrophe but Aero Contractor’s management and the aviation authorities still have many questions to answer. Efforts have been made by both Aero Contractors and aviation authorities to downplay this incident, especially since the plane landed safely, but it must not be swept under the carpet. To begin with, this company has been facing financial difficulties for a long time and its management was taken over by Assets Management Company of Nigeria [AMCON] last year as part of debt recovery efforts. This is not an enviable position for an airline to be in and the danger is real that in this transitional phase, maintenance of aircraft and equipment may be sub-optimal. We are not saying this is what happened, only to underscore the need for thorough investigation of the incident and for the public to hear the truth about what happened. Reports of air mishaps and near mishaps tend to take years to come to light. This incident should not be all that difficult to unravel. We want to know what caused smoking in the cabin of a plane in flight and if anyone was guilty of negligent conduct, that person or persons should be sternly punished.
April 20, 2017
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7878A performing flight WN-4639 from Columbus,OH to Chicago Midway,IL (USA), was descending towards Chicago over Indiana when an electronic device in the cabin started to send smoke signals. Cabin crew quickly doused and contained the device, while the flight crew declared emergency subsequently advising emergency services that the electronic device had been contained and continued for a safe landing on Midway Airport’s runway 04R. Emergency Services did not need to intervene anymore. A passenger reported an e-cigarette began smoking when the aircraft was over South Bend,IN (USA). The occurrence aircraft was able to depart for the next sector about 75 minutes after landing.
April 20, 2017
Amateur video footage has shown the moments terrified passengers on board a Nigerian plane became engulfed in smoke in mid-flight. The Aero Contractors flight NG316 became overwhelmed in smoke about 20 minutes after take-off, causing panic among the passengers. The situation prompted the deployment of fire engines to the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos to curtail any fire when the plane carrying 52 adults and one infant finally landed. The airline’s Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, told television reporters that the smoke originated from a fire in the cargo section of the aircraft and had seeped into the cabin through the air-conditioning system. Preliminary reports say the plane was at 24,000ft when cabin crew observed that the cabin was misty. This was reported to the captain, who briefed the passengers accordingly, assuring them of a safe landing in Lagos in a couple of minutes. “Expectedly as announced by the pilot, normal descent was initiated into Lagos. While descending however, a passenger went into the lavatory, after which the lavatory smoke detector alarm came on. “The cabin crew again reported this incident to the Captain and by this time the smoke was getting denser in the cabin. “Ready and armed with “Aft Cargo Smoke” indication in the flight deck, the crew carried out the smoke dispersal procedures and contacted air traffic control, requesting for emergency support services and proceeded to Lagos, which is the airport with the full complement of emergency support.
April 16, 2017
A China Eastern Airbus A330-300, registration B-6125 performing flight MU-721 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hong Kong (China), was climbing out of Shanghai when passengers detected a burning odour and developing haze in the cabin prompting the crew to stop the climb at 5500 meters (FL181) and return to Shanghai Hongqiao for a safe landing about 45 minutes after departure. A replacement Airbus A330-300 registration B-6119 reached Hong Kong with a delay of 4.5 hours delay. The airline reported a technical fault prompted the return to Shanghai.
April 14, 2017
A Cayman Airways Boeing 737-300, registration VP-CKZ performing flight KX-793 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), was nearing Grand Cayman when an electrical odour was noticed in the cabin prompting the crew to declare emergency and accelerate descent and approach to Grand Cayman Airport, where the aircraft landed safely. The airline reported a fluorescent light in a lavatory was identified as source of the odour. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then returned to service.
April 12, 2017
In Modesto, California, an Alaska Airlines flight was bound from Sacramento to San Diego but had to make an involuntary landing on another Californian airport, due to a possible fire in the cargo section of the plane. According to the report, after the Alaska Airlines Flight 3391 takes off from the Sacramento International Airport, the flight was running smooth and also its pilots, who were not aware of anything happening in the back. But, after several miles, the flight’s indicator started blinking, and the pilots were shocked because the indicator was an alarm for a potential fire in the cargo bay of the plane. Because of no disturbance in flying the aircraft, the pilots didn’t panicked and asked the nearest airport to get ready for an emergency land. The air traffic control of the Modest City-County Airport responds and asked about the emergency, which in reply the Flight 3391 pilot told the officials about the fire situation, then they agreed to make the arrangements. The landings were done in a calm way, and no incidents happened when the flight lands, but after landing the Modesto Fire Department came in and checked the cargo bay with their thermal cameras. But, they found no trace of any fire except heat signals, thus the fire department concluded the plane’s fire extinguishing system had been activated, and it should be grounded for thorough checkups. All the 55 passengers were taken in a bus back to Sacramento, as all the arrangements were made by SkyWest, who was operating that particular flight, says a spokesperson.
April 10, 2017
An ASL Airlines France Boeing 737-400 freighter, registration F-GZTJ performing freight flight 5O-773 from Marseille to Ajaccio (France), was climbing out of Marseille when the crew reported an odour and smoke in the cockpit. The crew stopped the climb at about FL110 and returned to Marseille for a safe landing about 15 minutes after departure. A replacement Boeing 737-400 registration F-GZTI reached Ajaccio with a delay of about 2.5 hours. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then resumed service.
April 7, 2017
An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ANT performing flight G9-522 from Chittagong (Bangladesh) to Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) with 164 passengers and 17 crew, was climbing out of Chittagong when the crew stopped the climb at FL300 reporting smoke in the cockpit and diverted to Kolkata (India) for a safe landing about 15 minutes later. The aircraft remained on the ground for about 4 hours, then was able to continue the flight and reached Sharjah with a delay of 4.5 hours. The airline reported all passengers and crew were safe, the aircraft was able to continue after the fault was attended to.
March 27, 2017
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines flight HA47 from Oakland to Honolulu was diverted to Kahului on Monday due to an odor of smoke in the cabin, according to the airline. The captain decided to land in Kahului due to an abundance of caution, according to Hawaiian Airlines. The jet landed in Kahului at 11:29 a.m. The passengers are booked on the next available flight to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines say there were 241 passengers and 10 crew members on the plane.
March 16, 2017
By: KAROLINE TUCKEY / www.stuff.co.nz
Smoke in the cockpit of a plane had emergency services rushing to Palmerston North Airport, but the pilot managed to land successfully. A police spokeswoman said the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit just before 10.15am. Police, ambulance and firefighters responded. They were stood down soon after. A spokeswoman from Airways’ Palmerston North Tower said the pilot, in a Massey aviation twin star DA42 aircraft, also initially reported landing gear issues. “The pilot sent a standard emergency call, requesting a local standby of emergency services. Local standby means that all local and town services are advised but remain where they are. “The aircraft was given priority, joined direct to Palmerston North Tower, and landed safely.” The emergency call was cancelled at shortly after 10.15am. The aircraft had no visible evidence of any fire, smoke or damage, she said.
March 15, 2017
The passenger was listening to music and napping on a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne when about two hours into the journey the headphones caught fire and an apparent explosion jolted her from her slumber. “As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she said. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck. “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.” Such a situation could prove highly dangerous while in the air and fortunately members of the flight crew were quick to respond. “As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane,” she said. The incident has prompted the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to issue a warning to the public reminding airline passengers about the dangers of battery-powered devices on flights.
March 12, 2017
An Egypt Air Cargo Airbus A300B4, registration SU-GAC performing flight MS-521 from Ostend (Belgium) to Cairo (Egypt), landed on Cairo’s runway 23C when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit originating from one of the panels in the cockpit. Emergency services responded and identified a faulty control panel as source of the smoke. The aircraft returned to service the following day after about 17.5 hours on the ground.
March 11, 2017
An American Airlines plane heading to Chicago from Miami made an emergency landing in Jacksonville after smoke was reported in the cockpit Tuesday afternoon.American Airlines flight 1090 landed at Jac…
March 4, 2017
An Oman Air Airbus A330-300, registration A4O-DI performing flight WY-123 from Muscat (Oman) to Munich (Germany), was enroute at FL380 about 160nm northeast of Sofia (Bulgaria) in Romanian Airspace when the crew decided to divert to Sofia reporting a smell of smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely on Sofia’s runway 09 about 35 minutes after leaving FL380. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Sofia for about 23 hours, then continued the flight as WY-123D and reached Munich with a delay of 23 hours. The airline reported smell of smoke prompted the flight crew to divert the aircraft to Sofia.
March 3, 2017
A LATAM Airlines Brasil Airbus A321-200, registration PT-XPB performing flight JJ-3067 from Recife,PE to Brasilia,DF (Brazil), was descending towards Brasilia when the crew received a cargo smoke indication. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Brasilia’s runway 11L. Attending emergency services did not find any trace of fire, heat or smoke. The airline reported it was a false alarm. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Brasilia about 25 hours after landing.
February 24, 2017
By: Simon Hradecky
An Avianca Brasil Airbus A320-200, registration PR-OCN performing flight O6-6304 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP to Recife,PE (Brazil) with 156 passengers and crew, was climbing through FL260 out of Sao Paulo when the crew decided to return to Sao Paulo due to a cargo smoke indication. The aircraft landed safely back about 60 minutes after departure. A replacement A320-200 registration PR-ONX reached Recife with a delay of 3 hours. The airport reported the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The airline reported the aircraft returned as a precaution. A listener on frequency reported the crew reported a cargo smoke indication and returned to Guarulhos. Other aircraft were instructed to enter holdings advising those aircraft an emergency aircraft on fire approaching Guarulhos. The aircraft landed safely, following inspection by emergency service who did not find any evidence of fire, heat or smoke, the aircraft taxied to the apron.
February 23, 2017
By: Sheobi Anne Ramos
The Virgin Australia Airlines had a close call last Tuesday when Flight VA1188 was forced to make an emergency landing at the Newcastle airport. The flight was supposed to be from Port Macquarie to Sydney, and the emergency landing was due to the smoke detected from the instrument panel in the cockpit. The pilots immediately took action and called for an emergency landing. The plane safely landed at Newcastle airport at 3:06 pm local time. All the passengers and crew members were evacuated safely. Upon landing, fire and rescue crews immediately rushed to the aircraft and contained the situation. Although all passengers were evacuated, three of them were immediately treated by paramedics on site, while two people were taken to the local hospital because of possible smoke inhalation. “All passengers have disembarked the aircraft which was met by emergency crews as a precautionary measure. Virgin Australia will work to get all customers to their destination as soon as possible. Safety is Virgin Australia’s number one priority and we have immediately commenced a full investigation into the incident,” said a spokesperson from Virgin Australia. This incident happened a day after the Beechcraft charter plane crash in a shopping mall in Melbourne where five people were reportedly killed. The crash happened just a short while after its takeoff from Essendon Airport. Among the people killed were 4 American tourists with the pilot. The chartered plane was supposed to go land at Tasmania Island when it hit a part of the DFO shopping complex. Thankfully, no one inside the building was hurt. In an interview with CNN, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said: “It was a catastrophic plane crash that has taken a number of lives. But certainly, if we look at the circumstances, we’ve been very lucky today depending on the time of day and who was around.”
February 10, 2017
BOSTON — A flight leaving from Boston had to divert back to Logan International Airport due to a possible smoky odor in the cockpit. Advertisement Officials said GoJet Airlines Flight 6266, operating as a Delta connection, was en route to Raleigh-Durham when the odor was detected. “We actually have smoke in the cabin,” the pilot said over the radio. “Declaring an emergency and coming back to the airport.” The crew was calm as they communicated with the towers in Boston. The aircraft diverted back to Boston and landed safely. “Out of an abundance of caution, the pilot elected to have passengers deplane on the tarmac and taken by bus to the terminal,” a Delta spokesperson said. 76 passengers and 4 crew members were on board the aircraft at the time. The plane was removed from service for inspection.
February 9, 2017
By: TODD FITZGERALD
A private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Manchester after performing a dramatic U-turn over the Peak District. The NetJets Europe plane from Dublin to Hamburg had to touch down at Manchester Airport after sending out an emergency signal The jet turned around over the Peak District before circling back towards the north of Greater Manchester towards Liverpool, turning over Warrington. It is understood the Cessna plane lost altitude over the Peak District near Sheffield before sending out an emergency ‘squawk’ shortly before 1pm on Thursday. The plane landed at Manchester Airport before being taken to a private terminal. The plane turned back towards Manchester after reporting the emergency on board Passengers on the runway in another plane reported a ‘fire in the cockpit’ of the jet, but the fire service said there was no smoke in the cabin when the plane touched down. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the jet landed safely and two pilots on board were quickly evacuated. No-one else was on board at the time. A spokesman for Manchester Airport said an engineer was looking at the plane once it had landed and that there had been ‘no impact on the airport’s operations’.
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