First lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews Wednesday after a “mechanical issue” that led to smoke in the cabin.
According to the press pool traveling with Trump, about 10 minutes after the plane took off, reporters could see a thin haze of smoke and the smell of something burning. Reporters were brought wet towels and told to hold them over their faces if the smell became too strong.
The plane, a Boeing C-32A, landed safely. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar also was on the plane, a pool report said.
The White House did not immediately provide an official explanation of what happened. Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s communications director, told CNN the incident was a “minor mechanical issue. Everything is fine and everyone is safe.”
Trump was headed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where she was scheduled to make remarks about neonatal abstinence syndrome. She was originally scheduled to return to Washington Wednesday afternoon.
The trip remains on for later Wednesday and the first lady will take a different plane, Grisham said.
An Easyjet Airbus A321-200, registration G-POWU performing flight U2-8386 from Kefallinia (Greece) to London Gatwick,EN (UK), was enroute at FL360 about 270nm southeast of Milan Malpensa when the crew descended the aircraft to FL240 but continued in the general direction towards London. The aircraft was about 100nm southeast of Milan Malpensa when the crew decided to divert to Milan Malpensa reporting smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely on Malpensa’s runway 35R about 20 minutes after the decision to divert and about 40 minutes after leaving FL360. A replacement A320-200 registration OE-IVI reached London Gatwick with a delay of about 2 hours. The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 27 hours after landing.
A Swiss International Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration HB-IOC performing flight LX-2110 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Malaga,SP (Spain) with an unknown number of passengers and 7 crew, was climbing through FL290 out of Zurich about 15nm west of Geneva (Switzerland) when the crew decided to return to Zurich reporting the smell of burnt rubber on board. The aircraft landed safely on Zurich’s runway 16 about 50 minutes after departure. Switzerland’s SUST reported the occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated by the SUST.
A PGA Portugalia Airlines Embraer ERJ-195 on behalf of TAP Portugal, registration CS-TTX performing flight TP-494 from Lisbon (Portugal) to Toulouse (France) with 72 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Lisbon’s runway 21 when the crew declared PAN PAN reporting they had a smoke problem on board. The aircraft stopped the climb at 5000 feet and returned to runway 21 for a safe landing about 25 minutes after departure. The occurrence aircraft returned to service about 12 hours after landing.
A Lufthansa Airbus A319-100, registration D-AILM performing flight LH-278 from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Milan Linate (Italy) with 113 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out of Frankfurt’s runway 18 when the crew stopped the climb at FL190 reporting an unusual odour on board. The aircraft returned to Frankfurt for a safe landing on runway 25C about 25 minutes after departure. The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.
A Lufthansa Cityline Canadair CRJ-900, registration D-ACNM performing flight LH-2382 from Munich (Germany) to Geneva (Switzerland) with 38 passengers and 4 crew, was descending through FL150 towards Geneva when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Geneva’s runway 22 about 13 minutes later. The aircraft stopped on the runway, the passengers disembarked onto the runway via stairs and were bussed to the terminal. The runway was briefly closed, one flight was diverted as result. The return fligh LH-2383 was cancelled. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Geneva about 13 hours after landing. The airline reported the crew noticed an unusual odour like a burning wire in the cockpit and made a precautionary landing in Geneva, there had been no smoke. Maintenance is currently checking the aircraft.
A LGW Luftfahrtgesellschaft Walter de Havilland Dash 8-400 on behalf of Eurowings, registration D-ABQB performing flight EW-9062 from Dusseldorf to Nuremberg (Germany), was climbing out of Dusseldorf when the crew stopped the climb at 3000 feet due to an odour of burning rubber in the cabin and returned to Dusseldorf for a safe landing about 15 minutes after departure. The flight was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.
A passenger reported the flight had already been delayed before departure, the captain announced there had been a problem with a de-icing system. Shortly after becoming airborne the air conditioning system became audible, a smell of burning rubber developed in the cabin. The noise from the air conditioning system stopped, the captain announced there had been an odour, the odour dissipated and they were returning to Dusseldorf. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Dusseldorf for about 10.5 hours, then returned to service.
An Air India Airbus A319-100, registration VT-SCU performing flight AI-496 from Raikot to Delhi (India) with 123 people on board, was enroute at FL310 about 30nm northwest of Udaipur (India) when the crew received a cargo smoke indication and diverted the aircraft to Udaipur. The aircraft landed safely on runway 26 about 20 minutes later. The aircraft remained on the ground for about 3 hours, then continued the flight and reached Delhi with a delay of about 3:15 hours.
An e-cigarette caught fire while onboard a Pegasus Airlines plane, forcing the aircraft to make an emergency landing. On Tuesday, Pegusus Airliner Flight 1135, a Boeing 737-800, took off from Istanbul and was forced to divert from its scheduled journey to Paris in order to make an emergency landing at Zagreb Airport in Croatia. According to FlightRadar24, a live air traffic website, it was about halfway through the flight when the Pegasus Airline plane needed to divert in the direction of Zagreb. According to reports, a passenger’s e-cigarette caught fire in the middle of the flight. Daily Sabah, a Turkish daily, reports that smoke alarms went off in the airplanes cargo hold, forcing the pilots to make the emergency landing.
In a statement to Business Insider, Pegasus Airlines said, “An electronic cigarette in one of the passenger’s bags caught fire. As a result of the precautionary measures that our pilots took to ensure the safety of our passengers, the aforementioned aircraft made a precautionary landing at Zagreb Airport. All passengers were disembarked from the aircraft safely upon landing, with no medical issues.”
According to a social media post by Turkish Air News, no intervention by the fire brigade was necessary. While it is certainly rare for an e-cigarette to cause a fire on an airplane, it is not out of the ordinary for an accident like this to occur. A recent report by Consumer Affairs found that federal agencies have been underestimating the number of burns, injuries, and explosions created by e-cigarette technology, which converts liquid nicotine into mist through the heating of a battery.
ST. LOUIS, MO – A flight coming from Detroit to St. Louis was diverted to Indianapolis Monday afternoon around 4:30 pm CT. The pilot of the Airbus 319 reported a strong odor in the cockpit.
Delta flight 2848 was carrying 116 passengers and landed safely in Indianapolis. Delta issued this statement after an inquiry by FOX 2: “Maintenance personnel are evaluating the aircraft. While safety is always our top priority, Delta apologizes to customers for this travel delay.”
The flight then headed to St. Louis Monday evening and landed around 8:37 pm.
Some passengers told FOX 2 that emergency crews were seen from the air, waiting on the ground to assist. Other passengers said that no one in the cabin noticed the smell.
“We found out that the pilots had actually had their oxygen masks on which was interesting because no one in the cabin did,” said Scotty Shaw, “but we were there for a while.”
“I wasn’t really panicked but I was concerned,” said Ronald Charles, “because they really kept us abreast of the situation.”
Airline officials have not released any information on what may have caused the odor.
Ever wondered why the in-flight safety videos tell you not to move your seat if you drop your phone? A Qantas business class passenger learned the hard way after dropping their phone during a flight on an Airbus 380from Los Angeles to Melbourne on Wednesday morning. After their phone became stuck in their seat, they attempted to retrieve it and moved their seat in the process, crushing the device.
A Qantas spokesperson said the phone then began “smoking”, before the cabin crew “contained the situation”. The captain then spoke to the operations centre before completing the flight into Melbourne.
A phone was destroyed in a similar incident in 2016, when the lithium battery of a passenger’s phone was crushed in a seat mechanism and caught fire.
The incident prompted the airline to issue a reminder to passengers not to attempt to pick up any electronic devices dropped during the flight. “This incident shows why we ask passengers to seek help from our cabin crew in retrieving their mobile phone,” the Qantas spokesperson said.
In its investigation into the 2016 incident, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) cited the United States Federal Aviation Administration’s guidelines which warn of the risk posed by lithium batteries.
“Lithium batteries are capable of ignition and subsequent explosion due to overheating,” the administration said.
“Overheating results in thermal runaway, which is a chemical reaction within the battery causing the internal temperature and pressure to rise.
“The result is the release of a flammable electrolyte from the battery and, in the case of disposable lithium batteries, the release of molten burning lithium.”
A plane made an emergency landing at the Bacha Khan International Airport (BKIA) on Thursday after the pilot reported that smoke had filled the plane. The emergency was declared after control tower at the facility shared details with the airport authorities and a runway was cleared for landing the plane. The plane, Qatar Airways’ Doha-bound flight (QR-601), landed safely with all passengers shifted to the international lounge. According to details, the Doha-bound plane had departed Peshawar after completing all maintenance checks. However, soon after takeoff, the pilot contacted the control tower and made a mayday call seeking a clear runway for landing, complaining that smoke had filled the cabin.
“It had just taken off when the control tower shared the situation,” a senior Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) officer at BKIA told The Express Tribune. The officer, who requested anonymity since he was not entitled to speak to the media, stated that initially they did not know what happened and the pilot wanted a clear runway for landing. “It was really serious for us since the flight had just left, but it requested for landing and that too an emergency landing,” the official said, adding, “An emergency was declared across the facility with all the CAA staff [required for emergency situation] deputed on the airport apron.”
The CAA’s fire and medical departments apart from others dealing with emergency situations had soon converged at the spot. Soon after the plane landed, all passengers and crew aboard were evacuated and shifted to the lounges at the facility.
An Air Serbia plane that last night had to make an emergency landing in Cyprus continued its flight this morning and reached Hurghada in Egypt. According to the latest information, the plane then took off en route back to Belgrade.
As Prva TV reported, the technical problems that caused the Serbian carrier’s plane to emergency land in Paphos had been removed. But the flight from Hurghada to Belgrade, using the same airplane, was several hours late this morning.
The plane landed in Cyprus last night due to smoke in the cockpit. A number of firefighters, ambulances and the police were waiting at the airport. Passengers, 143 of them, and crew were evacuated. Some media reported that the a part of luggage section had likely caught on fire.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 16th of September, 2018, on Saturday night at around 21:00, Zagreb’s Franjo Tudjman Airport accommodated the unplanned landing of a WizzAir aircraft flying on a Nis-Basel route. The flight was diverted to the Croatian capital due to smoke in the cockpit while the aircraft was flying over Austrian airspace. The plane landed in Zagreb at 21:02.
One member of the crew and two passengers requested medical assistance which was then provided to them on the spot owing to having brathed in the unexpected cabin smoke.
A British Airways flight from London to Calgary had to make an emergency landing at a remote Canadian airport after pilots reported smoke in the cockpit. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed “safely” in Iqaluit Airport in Nunavut where at least one passenger was reportedly treated by medics. The passenger flight landed in temperatures of around 1C at 7.20pm local time (11.20pm BST) after taking off from Heathrow at 6.30pm on Wednesday.
Canadian media said the plane’s pilots wore oxygen masks as they diverted to the airport on Baffin Island. British Airways said the landing was a precaution after a “possible technical issue”. Aviation journalist Tom Podolec tweeted: “Burning smell/fumes in cockpit. Pilots wore oxygen masks. A passenger had a sore arm; treated by medics.” Firefighters and emergency services were waiting in the snow at the airport, which is equipped to receive international flights after the opening of a 9,000-square-foot terminal last year. Nunatsiaq News reported that the some 200 passengers were taken to hotels on school buses before boarding a replacement aircraft to Calgary in the morning.A British Airways spokesperson said: “The aircraft landed safely. Our highly trained flight crew diverted the aircraft as a precaution after a possible technical issue. We’re very sorry that our customers have been inconvenienced and delayed. Our cabin crew have been looking after them and we’ll get them on to their final destination as quickly as we can. The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority.”
St. John’s International Airport (YYT) firefighters along with folks from the St. John’s Regional Fire Department firefighters are at YYT to deal with an incident onboard a Air Transit Airbus A310 that had to land after reports of smoke in the aircraft.
First responders from various agencies are also on standby at the Tarmac entrance gate by the airport control tower. YYT crews are currently onboard the aircraft investigating the source of the smoke. Three apparatus trucks are staged by the aircraft, which is parked by Gate 1 on the Tarmac.
The plane was enroute from Barcelona to Montreal before it was diverted.
An Austrian Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration OE-LBS performing flight OS-879 from Vienna (Austria) to Shiraz (Iran), was enroute at FL350 about 40nm westnorthwest of Bucharest’s Otopeni Airport when the crew reported smoke on board and decided to divert to Bucharest. The crew requested emergency services on stand by. The aircraft landed safely on Otopeni’s runway 08R about 20 minutes later and was inspected by emergency service before proceeding to the apron.
A replacement A320-200 registration OE-LBQ returned to Vienna as flight OS-879 departing Bucharest about 3 hours after landing. The rotation, Vienna to Shiraz, Isfahan (Ira) and back was cancelled. The airline reported the aircraft diverted to Bucharest due to technical reasons. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Bucharest about 26 hours after landing.
An Easyjet Airbus A319-100, registration OE-LQG performing flight U2-1746 from Berlin Schoenefeld (Germany) to Toulouse (France), was enroute at FL380 about 70nm northwest of Frankfurt/Main (Germany) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and requested a rapid descent to FL100, due to conflicting traffic the aircraft was cleared to FL180 at first, after the conflicting traffic had turned out of the way the aircraft continued the descent to FL100. The crew decided to divert to Frankfurt where the aircraft landed safely on runway 07C about 17 minutes after leaving FL380.
A replacement A319-100 registration OE-LKJ reached Toulouse with a delay of about 7.5 hours.
The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Frankfurt about 14 hours after landing.
Flight LH1007 of German airline Lufthansa which connected Brussels to Frankfurt had to make a priority landing in Frankfurt Sunday because of a slight release of smoke in the cockpit of the aircraft. The 73 passengers were able to leave the aircraft safely, said a spokesman for the company.
The pilots of the Lufthansa Cityline Bombardier CRJ-900 aircraft (reg. D-ACNF) noticed a slight release of smoke after leaving Brussels. They warned the airport of Frankfurt, located just an hour flight from Brussels and the plane was able to land safely on runway 07C. Emergency services were on a precautionary standby and did not detect any trace of fire, heat or smoke after landing.
The origin of the smoke has not yet been determined and the aircraft is still under inspection by the technical services.
An Air Asia flight on its way from Amritsar to Bangalore made an emergency landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here late on Saturday night. The pilots of flight no 1629 detected smoke in air and the ATC declared a local standby emergency. The flight landed safely and 112 passengers disembarked the plane safely. The aircraft is currently parked at bay 57, sources said.
A United Airlines plane, with smoke in the cockpit, made an emergency landing Thursday morning at Shreveport Regional Airport. It happened shortly before 11: 30 a.m. in the 5100 block of Hollywood Avenue, near Monkhouse Drive. Officials say Flight 4309 was heading to Louisville, Kentucky from Houston, Texas. No injuries were reported. United Airlines sent another plane from Houston to assist the 47 passengers who were on board. There is no further information at this time. KSLA will keep you updated as details become available.
Officials say a UPS cargo plane made an emergency landing in Cedar Rapids Wednesday morning due to smoke in the cockpit. Personnel on the plane evacuated safely and were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The cause of the smoke is still being investigated. The plane had been flying from Rockford, Illinois to St. Louis before diverting to The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids.
Passengers on a flight to eastern China feared for their lives on Sunday afternoon when their plane suddenly lost altitude. The 146 passengers and nine crew members were around 20 minutes into their journey on board Capital Airlines flight JD5158 from Kunming, Yunnan province, to Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, when they heard loud noises, quickly followed by the pilot’s announcement that the cabin was losing pressure and oxygen masks would be lowered, according to Chinese media reports.
One of the passengers, identified by his family name Zhang, told the Qianjiang Evening News that he saw and smelled smoke and felt a “strong loss of gravity” as the plane rapidly descended.His six-year-old boy complained about aching ears and asked him why the plane was dropping so quickly, to which Zhang replied they were playing a game of wearing masks.
“I am only in my 30s and I don’t want to die. Even if I had to die, please don’t let anything bad happen to my son,” Zhang recalled him thinking to himself while his wife watched him with tears in her eyes.
Children were crying and a nearby passenger was recording their last words on a mobile to the family, Zhang said. A woman passenger, also surnamed Zhang, told TheBeijing News that she was almost certain she would not survive and wrote a note to her parents.
“I have never had such an experience and I literally thought we were going to crash,” the woman said. “I switched on my mobile phone and wrote to my parents about how sorry I would be if I didn’t survive.”
Passengers said the plane steadied after a while and they were told they would return to the Kunming airport. They were very grateful to the crew and applauded for a long time after they landed safely. A statement from the airline to People’s Daily said the flight returned to Kunming due to mechanical problems. It landed safely at about 3.30pm and no one was injured. Some passengers cancelled their trip while others took another flight to Hangzhou in the evening. The plane, an A320 with more than five years of service, was being repaired, the report said.
A mobile phone caused a big brouhaha in a Korean Air passenger jet heading for Guam, Sunday, causing the cabin to fill with smoke and compelling the cabin crew to use fire extinguishers. Additionally, passengers in Guam waiting for the aircraft to carry them to Incheon had to wait for 15 hours on the U.S. island territory.
According to Korean Air, Monday, an Airbus 330 aircraft took off from Incheon International Airport at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday and was nearing Guam when smoke started rising near a seat. Alarmed flight attendants rushed to extinguish the source of the smoke by using four fire extinguishers. The airline added the plane made a safe landing at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport in Guam.
“While preparing for landing in Guam, a passenger’s cellphone got stuck between seats, which compressed the device to give off smoke,” a Korean Air official said.
“There were neither sparks nor fire and no one was injured.”
However, the airline did not disclose what type of mobile phone it was, adding it was not a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that was banned from planes by the U.S. Department of Transportation after several of the devices caught fire in 2016. The official added the smoke was caused by compression of the phone, not the device’s own flaws.
Despite the normal landing, the airplane, initially scheduled to take 265 waiting passengers to Incheon, could not return due to a lack of fire extinguishers.
“According to aviation regulations, an aircraft must be equipped with at least four fire extinguishers. However, we used four out of seven on the plane, so we had to go and find one more that fits the requirement there,” the official said.
As a result, the plane, which was scheduled to depart at 2:25 a.m., was postponed to 5:40 p.m. According to Korean Air, the company offered customers meals and accommodation, although some of them had to stay in the lounge as it had difficulty securing hotel rooms in the early morning hours.
An American Airlines pilot reported smoke in the cabin of his plane on the tarmac of Nantucket Memorial Airport just after noon Monday. About 70 passengers and the crew were evacuated from the aircraft, which was preparing to push back from the gate and depart for Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Both airport and town emergency personnel responded to the plane. No injuries were reported.
The cause of the smoke has not yet been identified, airport officials said. The plane was flown off-island for inspection and repairs without any passengers on board. Another aircraft was brought in to Nantucket Monday afternoon from Pittsburgh to pick up the stranded passengers.
According to the Nantucket airport twitter account (@AirportACK) the commercial-aviation ramp that was temporarily shut down during the incident has been reopened.
“All passengers are safe, and the commercial ramp has been reopened to traffic,” the tweet states.
An Air Canada Embraer ERJ-190, registration C-FMZB performing flight AC-1113 from Toronto,ON to Regina,SK (Canada) with 60 people on board, was enroute at FL400 over Thunder Bay,ON (Canada) when the crew noticed a burning odour in the cockpit. Later, near Winnipeg,MB (Canada) an avionics computer failed briefly followed by another event of burning odour in the cockpit. The crew declared emergency and diverted to Winnipeg for a safe landing. The Canadian TSB reported maintenance replaced the power supplies of both MAU 1 and MAU 2 and the MAU 1 NIC processor.
A flight intended to travel from Orlando to England has reportedly suffered two days worth of problems, including customers fainting on the plane from heat. The Mirror reports that the Virgin Atlantic flight was scheduled to leave Orlando International Airport Wednesday just after 8:30 p.m. Passengers boarded normally and then had to wait inside the plane at the terminal for two hours. Flight staff reportedly told passengers that the air conditioning on the flight was broken.
“Paramedics had to enter the plane and remove passengers who had fainted due to the heat,” one passenger told The Sun.
Around 11 p.m., the plane returned to the gate and the pilot informed the group that they would not be flying that day. The flight was rescheduled to leave at 6 p.m. Thursday, using the same plane, according to reports.
A spokesperson from Virgin Atlantic said that the second flight was diverted to Shannon, Ireland after reports of smoke on the the plane. Two pilots and a crew member had to be checked for smoke inhalation once the plane landed, according to reports.
“It was obviously extremely serious,” one passenger told The Sun.
The flight has been delayed for over 30 hours. The Virgin Atlantic representative said the flight is now on its way again to London Gatwick Airport.
“We’d like to apologize to our customers for the disruption to their journey and thank them for their patience,” the representative said.
No one was hurt after a private jet made an emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport Monday night. Columbia director of community relations Steven Sapp told ABC 17 News the pilot aboard the Cessna Citation II jet reported smoke in the cockpit and declared an emergency around 7:40 p.m. One other person was aboard the plane. Sapp said the plane was able to land at COU without incident. The flight originated from Smyrna, Tennessee, with a destination of COU.
A plane was diverted to Kennedy Airport and evacuated Tuesday because of reports of smoke in the cockpit, Port Authority officials said. First aid was given to up to three people with minor ailments, officials said. United flight 4697 was flying from Washington to Providence, Rhode Island when it was diverted after reports of smoke in the cockpit, according to officials. Emergency officials evacuated the plane when it landed, and passengers were bused to a terminal.
A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Cleveland Friday night. There were reports of smoke in the cabin of Flight 1611 from Newark to Chicago, according to a United spokesman. The plane landed safely at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Passengers exited the plane. They are scheduled to leave soon on another aircraft.
“We apologize to our customers for the inconvenience,” the spokesman said.
Emergency crews were called to Eppley Airfield Friday morning as a Frontier Airlines flight approached with the crew reporting smoke in the cockpit. The plane landed safely. Authorities said the crew had isolated the problem prior to landing the aircraft with 176 people aboard. The report came in around 8:45 a.m. The plane was safely on the ground a few minutes later. The crew believes the issue might have been related to an electrial malfunction.
An Air India aircraft made an emergency landing in Kolkata this morning after smoke emerged from the cockpit. The Singapore-bound flight had taken off from Delhi at 11 pm, but two and a half hours later, it landed at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.
Air India sources confirmed to NDTV that smoke in the cabin prompted the pilots to make an urgent landing which was carried out safely. The national carrier tweeted about the diversion and said that AI 380 was AOG or Aircraft on Ground due to technical failure. An investigation has been ordered.
All the passengers were shifted to a hotel in the city. After a delay of about 18 hours, the passengers arrived at the airport this evening to board the flight, which took off after 8pm.
A plane made an emergency landing at Groton-New London Airport on Thursday night due to smoke in the cockpit, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Dassault Falcon aircraft, operated by Dumont Aircraft Charter, landed safely at the airport about 7:15 p.m. after the crew declared an emergency and reported smoke in the cockpit, according to an email from the federal agency. Local first responders, including Pfizer police and Poquonnock Bridge Fire Department, were at the scene.
The aircraft later departed from the airport and was headed to Boston’s Logan International Airport, the FAA said. The agency is investigating the incident. No further information was immediately available.
A commercial airplane destined for Hector International Airport landed with smoke in the cockpit Monday, July 9. Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority, said the 50-seat United Express flight from Denver arrived here at 1:08 p.m.
Dobberstein said the cause of the smoke is under investigation and so far undetermined. In a statement, Trans State Airlines said the flight operating as United Express experienced a possible mechanical issue during its final descent. Despite the smoke, Trans State said the flight landed safely and customers “deplaned normally.”
An Allegiant Airlines flight from the Eastern Iowa Airport to Mesa/Phoenix had to turn around and come back to Cedar Rapids after a report of smoke in the cockpit, according to an airport spokesperson. The plane landed safely and all on board are safe, according to the spokesperson. Authorities have not yet said what caused the problem in the cockpit.
Allegiant released the following statement:
Flight 101 from Cedar Rapids, IA to Phoenix returned to Cedar Rapids after a mechanical issue arose after takeoff. The crew declared an emergency out of an abundance of caution and the plane landed normally. The aircraft was met by local fire and rescue (as is procedure for all emergency landings) and they found nothing unusual. The aircraft taxied to the gate upon landing and passengers deplaned through the jet bridge.There were 157 passengers on board. We are sending another aircraft to Cedar Rapids to get the passengers to Phoenix today.
In April, a report blasted Allegiant for the number of mechanical problems it had between 2016 and 2017. The “60 Minutes” report said Allegiant had three times as many in-flight mechanical problems as six competing airlines.The report said Allegiant flights had an alarming number of aborted take-offs, plus emergency and unscheduled landings.
Passengers were taken off a United Express Jet at Reagan National Airport after its cockpit started smoking Sunday, according to authorities. Metropolitan Media Relations says that airport police and fire crews responded to the scene and that no one was injured. Airport authorities say United flight 6122 was taxiing to leave for Houston when the smoke was reported and passengers and crew evacuated. The airport is now operating normally and passengers were moved to a different plane, officials say. The plane is being checked.
A packed passenger jet was forced to return to Gatwick en-route to JFK in New York after smoke filled the cabin. The Norwegian Air service from London to New York was less than 30 minutes into its journey when the aircraft turned back while passing south of Pembroke, Wales. The aircraft was forced to dump fuel as it was far too heavy to land. Passengers were told they were returning to Gatwick with a technical issue where the jet landed safely around an hour after it departed.
Fire Engines waited for the aircraft on the tarmac as a precaution. The passengers have remained on the Boeing 747 while engineers attempt to fix the fault. One passenger said: ‘I paid £250 for my ticket, which is great value for money. The plane was late taking off from Gatwick, but everything seemed normal until we got to the Irish Sea.
‘There was hazy smoke in the cabin and we turned around. There wasn’t any panic, but it isn’t reassuring to see smoke while in a jet almost six miles up in the sky.”
A United Airlines flight landing made an emergency landing at Detroit Metro Airport Tuesday morning after smoke was reported in the plane. United Flight 4007 left Chicago for Greenville around 7:40 CT and was supposed to land in Greenville, South Carolina, around 10:30. Instead, it made an emergency landing in Detroit after smoke was reported inside the plane. The plane landed a little after 9:30 at DTW without incident. By the time the fire department was able to check on the plane, the odor of smoke had dissipated.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian passenger plane carrying Peruvian soccer fans from the World Cup city of Ekaterinburg to Tyumen in Siberia landed safely on Friday after an engine fault caused the cabin to fill with smoke, Russia’s air transport regulator said on Saturday.
Safety concerns have plagued Russia’s airline industry, which has witnessed multiple fatal crashes in recent years, and the engine of a plane carrying Saudi Arabia’s soccer team caught fire earlier this week. Russia’s state aviation agency, Rosaviatsiya, said on Saturday that a Utair plane which was carrying Peruvian fans back to Moscow via Tyumen after watching their national side lose 1-0 to France in Ekaterinburg, had suffered engine failure.
“During the landing approach there was a failure in the second turboprop engine,” Rosaviatsiya said in a statement. “As a result of the abnormal engine activity, smoke from overheated oil got into the passenger cabin of the aircraft through the air-conditioning system.”
Rosaviatsiya said the smoke soon cleared from the cabin and that the pilot was able to safely land the plane on one engine. A spokeswoman for Utair said media reports about a fire breaking out on the plane were incorrect.
“The crew acted as instructed and landed the aircraft as usual. The plane taxied in independently, the passengers left via the stairs without using the emergency equipment,” she said in written comments to Reuters. Utair is now working with aviation authorities to investigate whether a foreign object got into the engine, she added.
A Swiss Airlines Airbus A340-300, registration HB-JMD performing flight LX-188 from Zurich (Switzerland) to Shanghai Pudong (China) with 215 passengers, was climbing through FL260 out of Zurich about 60nm south of Munich (Germany) when the crew stopped the climb reporting smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Munich. The aircraft descended to FL100, entered a hold briefly, then continued for a safe landing on Munich’s runway 26L about 25 minutes after stopping the climb at FL260. Emergency services inspected the aircraft on the runway, then followed the aircraft to the apron.
The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Munich about 8 hours after landing.
A WestJet flight from Calgary bound for Vancouver had to make an emergency landing on Thursday morning. According to WestJet, shortly after departure at around 6:30 a.m. MT, crews from flight 113 were alerted by a fire warning light in the cargo area. Crews then declared an emergency landing before turning back to Calgary, WestJet said. The plane landed normally and safely, according to the company.
“All guests and crew are safe and were unloaded after landing. Guests were rebooked onto a new flight within the hour,” Morgan Bell with WestJet said.
In a statement, the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said it has deployed a team of investigators to the Calgary airport after a cargo compartment fire aboard the Boeing 737.
A TSB official told Global News that there was “significate heat occurring” in a passenger’s bag. TSB investigators will be in Calgary until Friday, collecting information, according to officials. The TSB said it will “gather information and assess the occurrence.”
An alarming odor coming from the cabin of a Delta plane caused a flight’s emergency landing this morning. A flight attendant onboard flight 1941 noticed the unfamiliar smoke and immediately notified the 6-person crew. The emergency landing occurred in Little Rock, Ar. and passengers were loaded onto another plane to continue on with their journey. The plane was carrying 198 passengers from Atlanta to the intended destination of Orange County, Ca. No one was injured during the dispatch.
Five Virgin Australia crew members are being treated for smoke inhalation after an aircraft landed at Gold Coast Airport this afternoon with smoke issuing from the cockpit. The airport has confirmed smoke was detected in the cockpit of the 4.25pm arriving flight that departed from Melbourne. The aircraft landed safely, and all passengers and crew have since disembarked. Two stretcher ambulance crews were among those on scene but all five crew members are stable.
A Virgin Australia statement said the flight VA745 landed safely in Coolangatta without incident.
“The aircraft was met on arrival by emergency services as a precautionary measure after smoke was detected in the cockpit,” said the statement.
“All passengers and crew safely disembarked the aircraft. Engineers are currently investigating the potential cause.”
Source: Beth McEvoy, Clay Gordon | www.newscentermaine.com
Imagine you’ve boarded a plane, situated yourself in your seat, you have paid attention to the safety flight instructions, the plane lifts off and then smoke begins filling the air. Passengers on an American Airline flight that took off from Portland International Jetport experienced just that Wednesday, May 30.
A report of smoke in the cockpit forced American Airlines flight 4933 to make an emergency landing in Boston. American Airlines tells NEWS CENTER Maine, a mechanical issue caused the plane from Portland to Philadelphia to be diverted to Boston. The smoke allegedly dissipated quickly, according to American Airlines.
The flight landed safely, taxied to the gate and all passengers were able to get off with no issues at Logan International Airport, according to the airline. The FAA said in a statement the plane touched down at 7:15 p.m. American Airlines says passengers were rebooked on other flights and the airline provided hotel rooms for those who had to stay the night in Boston.
“We are sorry for the trouble this caused,” said American Airlines in an official statement about the incident.
The flight was on an Embraer E145 aircraft operated by Piedmont Airlines. The FAA is investigating the emergency landing.
A Scandinavian Airlines plane diverted to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport as a precaution on Tuesday after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit, airport and airline officials said.
“The flight from Oslo to Brussels diverted after pilots detected smoke in the cockpit and the plane made a precautionary landing at Schiphol shortly after 10am,” airport spokesman Paul Weber said.
The diversion was reported by a number of flight tracking sites. SAS spokesman Knut Morten Johansen added that the Boeing 737 landed after smoke appeared “for a short period”. By the time the plane landed, the smoke had already disappeared and technicians were investigating the cause, Johansen said. Passengers were left waiting in Amsterdam while checks were being done, Johansen said, adding that he hoped the flight would take off soon.
An American Airlines aircraft travelling from Miami to Colombia made an emergency landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston (NMIA) this afternoon. Passengers reported seeing smoke coming from inside of the plane and a decision was made to land the aircraft so that it could be investigated. The passengers landed safely in Jamaica, an investigation was done and the plane was deemed safe for them to deplane. The passengers are now at NMIA awaiting a flight to complete their journey. The authorities say the plane will remain on the ground and a full investigation will be conducted. No one was injured.
A passenger plane has had to make an emergency landing just minutes into take off from Auckland International Airport after smoke was seen in the cabin. An Airport spokesperson said Qantas flight QFA144 has now safely landed. Emergency services are at the airport to check the plane.
According to the Redding Fire Department, a United SkyWest flight was taxiing on the runway, on its way to San Francisco when “a haze” started to fill the cabin, Tuesday night. Following safety protocol, the flight with 40 passengers on board was evacuated on the tarmac.
Passengers were then taken to the terminal, where they waited for a later flight. Officials said there was no fire and the pilot believed the smoke was from an air conditioner malfunction. Another plane was sent from San Francisco, carrying a mechanic to repair the plane. There are no reports of injuries. According to an airport official, some passengers were able to book the next flight to San Francisco. SkyWest flight 5318 left Redding at 10:50 p.m. and arrived in San Francisco at 11:39 p.m.
A passenger airplane reportedly had to be evacuated at the Redding Municipal Airport Tuesday night. Shascom dispatchers say at 7:44 p.m., they received a report of smoke in the cockpit of a passenger plane. Redding Fire is responding. Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray said that a “passenger jet” was being evacuated on the runway.
A Lufthansa Airlines aircraft, flight LH569 from Nigeria to Frankfurt, Germany early Monday morning made an emergency landing at the TMR Airport in Algiers, Algeria over “electrical smell” in the cabin. The aircraft, Airbus A330, which departed the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos at 11:30pm on Sunday was scheduled to arrive in Frankfurt six hours later, but made an emergency landing in Algiers when one of the passengers raised alarm of smoke from the cabin. The aircraft had 204 passengers on board It was learnt that attention of the cabin crew was drawn to the smoke who in turn informed the cockpit crew.
The flight was over 90 per cent Nigerians who were going beyond Frankfurt. One of the passengers onboard who simply identified herself as Grace, told our correspondent that the smoke caused huge panic in the air among the passengers, but said the cabin crew assured them of safety. According to her, the pilot later announced to the passengers that the aircraft would make an emergency landing at the airport, but did not disclose the cause of the smoke to the onboard passengers.
As at the time of filing this report, the passengers were still in Algiers as they awaited the deployment of another aircraft from Frankfurt to airlift them to their various destinations. Also, Mr. Hakeem Jimo, the media consultant to the airline in Nigeria in an e-mail to our correspondent confirmed the incident, but noted that it was an “electrical smell” and not fire as claimed by one of the passengers. He assured that the passengers would continue their journey today to Frankfurt and beyond, but were yet to depart Algiers. He insisted that Lufthansa would not toy with the safety of passengers and equipment, stressing that the step taken by the pilot was the best professional decision taken.
He said: “Yesterday’s flight LH569 from Lagos to Frankfurt precautionary diverted to TMR due to an unusual smell in the cabin. The Airbus A330 aircraft with 204 passengers onboard has landed safety in TMR and is currently being examined by technicians. The safety of passengers and crew is Lufthansa’s number one priority at all times
“Passengers will continue their journey to Frankfurt today (Monday) with another Lufthansa aircraft to Germany. Lufthansa apologized for inconveniencies caused.”
Passengers were evacuated from All Nippon Airways (ANA) Boeing 767 aircraft on Monday at 10:00 a.m. local time prior to its departure to Hong Kong from Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture after the passenger cabin filled with smoke. After the plane’s doors had been closed at the gate, 137 passengers who had boarded flight 809 bound for Hong Kong were evacuated back to the terminal. At least four of those evacuated from the plane complained off feeling ill after inhaling the smoke but no one was hospitalized, official said.
One man was quoted by local media as saying, “as soon as the plane’s doors closed, smoke came billowing out of the air conditioner and the inside of the plane quickly became filled white with smoke.”
“There was a smell of burning machinery, so I covered my nose and mouth with a handkerchief,” the male passenger said.
Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said that upon investigation of the grounded plane, they found that an oil leakage had occurred in the auxiliary engine at the rear of the plane and smoke had flowed into the passenger cabin. The ministry said there was no sign of fire, however. A representative for ANA said they were also investigating the cause of the accident.
A Southwest flight from San Diego to Las Vegas made an emergency landing Sunday after reports of smoke in the cockpit. Southwest Airlines flight 2799 left Lindbergh Field at 10 p.m. and landed safely in Los Angeles shortly after taking off. There were 68 passengers on board the plane. All of them were taken to Las Vegas on a new flight and arrived two hours behind schedule, according to an airline official. The plane was taken out of a service and maintenance crews were expected to examine it.
An inbound Delta flight from Detroit was evacuated after landing Tuesday night at Denver International Airport, according to airport staff. One person was taken to University Hospital with no word on their condition, a spokesperson for Denver Health said. Airport staff said Flight 1854 landed and was on the taxiway when the cabin filled with smoke. The passengers were bussed to the terminal.
AJ Davidson, who said he was on the plane, told 9NEWS as soon as the plane landed it began to fill with smoke.
“Everyone was kind of yelling, like, ‘Hey, there’s smoke coming out of the vents. What’s going on? Open the doors. Why aren’t the masks dropping down?’ … After a couple of minutes, the flight attendant was like, ‘Everyone get low to the ground and cover your mouth with a blanket, or clothes, or whatever you have.’ And maybe a minute later, they finally made the call to evacuate the plane. And she yelled, ‘Evacuate the plane,’ and seconds later, the doors popped open. We all jumped down the slide and got out of there as fast as we could.”
Delta released a statement just after 9:15 confirming passengers had to deplane via slides and over the wing after smoke was seen in the cabin.
“Airport response vehicles met the aircraft out of an abundance of caution and customers were transported to the terminal via buses,” the statement said. “The safety of Delta’s customers and crew is our top priority and we apologize for the concern this situation has caused.”
According to DIA, they took a report of a fire on the plane earlier in the evening. A tweet just after 10 p.m. indicates that there were no flames, and the airport is back to normal operations. FAA’s records show this plane is a Boeing MD-90-30 that was built in 1998.
An American Airlines flight headed for Dallas was forced to return to Chicago’s O’Hare airport following reports that the cockpit began filling with smoke. American Airlines Flight 2587, an Airbus 321 carrying 175 passengers and six crew members, left from O’Hare at 8:09 a.m. local time and returned just over an hour later, at 9:13, according to data from Flight Aware. A tweet from Bruce Clark, who claimed to be the son of a passenger on the flight, said he was getting texts from his father about the plane’s impending emergency landing while in the air.
“Happening right now… Texts from my dad [en route] to Tokyo on @AmericanAir via ORD to Dallas — ‘smoke in cockpit, making emergency landing,’” wrote Clark.
American responded to Clark shortly afterward, assuring him the plane was returning safely, and that his father would be “on his way soon.” In a statement, American Airlines also confirmed that the crew decided to return from their departure city after reports of “a possible odor in the cabin,” but made no mention of smoke in the cockpit.
“American Airlines flight 2587, from Chicago O’Hare to Dallas Fort Worth, returned to Chicago after the crew reported a possible odor in the cabin,” the airline stated.
“The aircraft, an Airbus 321 with 175 passengers and a crew of 6, landed safely and taxied to the gate. The aircraft will be evaluated by our maintenance team, and we apologize to our customers for the inconvenience.”
An aircraft operated by a Spanish low-cost airline was evacuated this afternoon (Sunday) after an ‘explosion’ and then smoke and a burning smell filled the inside the plane. The Volotea flight from the Asturias Airport to Sevilla was still on the ground and safely evacuated with no reports of any injuries. Passengers took to social media to Tweet photographs of a plume of white smoke coming from the rear of the aircraft. The flight was cancelled and the company said passengers will be transferred to a later flight. Initially the airline said that there had been a failure in the power unit of the plane, which caused the smoke, but that there had been no explosion. Later the company clarified that a fuse had exploded during routine pre-flight checks. They said that their procedures worked as the checks were stopped when the problem was detected. Engineers are now analysing the reason for the failure of the part.
Air Canada flight 7775 made an emergency landing at Halifax Stanfield International Airport Sunday afternoon after the pilot noticed smoke in the cockpit. The flight, operated by EVAS Air, left Halifax at 11:55 a.m. bound for Fredericton and landed back at the airport at 12:07 p.m.
“When the pilot immediately noticed smoke in the cockpit, they declared an emergency and Halifax Stanfield provided emergency response in relation to that,” said Theresa Rath, an airport spokesperson.
There were 13 passengers on the plane, a Beech 1900D, and everyone made it off safely with no reports of injury. Rath said there were no signs of fire on the plane. The plane landed at an intersection of the airport’s runway. That caused some delays for inbound and outbound flights at the airport for about 45 minutes, as the airport dealt with passengers and towed the aircraft from the runway.
“Normal operations resumed at the airport at about 12:55 p.m.,” Rath said.
Seventeen guardsmen were hospitalized when smoke and fumes were reported inside a C-130 aircraft following takeoff Monday night from the Delaware Air National Guard base near New Castle. Guardsmen, who were conducting medical training exercises, were taken to a medical treatment facility as a precaution, said Lt. Col. Len Gratteri, a spokesman for the Delaware Air National Guard.
“We don’t know of anyone that had any problems,” Gratteri said. “We went and got them checked out. Nobody has reported back and said there is something serious.”
The incident occurred after 7 p.m. when the military transport aircraft, carrying members of the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, took off. During the flight, crew members reported smoke and fumes inside the four-engine turboprop plane, declaring the in-flight emergency as standard procedure, Gratteri said. The aircraft landed safely on base and was met by first responders on the runway. Gratteri said a maintenance crew will be inspecting the C-130 to see what the issue was. Squadron members with the 166th Airlift Wing are medical personnel trained to go on the battlefield, pick up injured people and transport them elsewhere.
Flight LH954 from Frankfurt to Birmingham got into trouble over London at around midday. There are reports that smoke in the cockpit forced an early landing. The plane was diverted and landed safely at Heathrow at 12.30pm. Passengers that needed to get to Birmingham were taken by bus. The flight left Germany at 12.09pm local time and was supposed to land in Birmingham at 12.44pm. No injuries were reported.
A Delta flight headed from Minneapolis to Anchorage, Alaska, made an emergency landing at Fargo’s Hector International Airport Thursday, April 12, after reports of smoke in the cockpit. The flight departed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport at 5:55 p.m. and was carrying 189 passengers, according to Shawn Dobberstein, executive director of Fargo’s Municipal Airport Authority. The Delta plane was flying over the Bismarck area when it was forced to turn around and fly to Fargo, Dobberstein said. The plane was able to land safely at Hector at about 7:30 p.m., with firefighters greeting the plane when it touched down. A flight from Minneapolis was to arrive in Fargo at 11 p.m. to pick up the stranded passengers and take them to their destination. Delta ordered pizza for the passengers during the wait.
An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon at O’Hare International Airport after smoke was reported in the cabin, officials said. The Chicago Fire Department responded to the airport about 3:46 p.m. and determined there were no injuries, officials said. An American Airlines spokesperson said flight #3470 from Columbus to Chicago had 64 passengers and four crew members aboard. Passengers got off the plane on the taxiway, the airline said, where they were bussed to another terminal. No fire was located.
In less than six months after SpiceJet’s Bombardier Q-400 turboprop aircraft made an emergency landing due to smoke in cabin, the airline suffered another incident of smoke in cabin on Wednesday on the same model of plane. According to sources, passengers on board flight SG3466 en route to Bengaluru from Coimbatore witnessed smoke emanating from the cockpit of the aircraft 15 minutes before landing. The aircraft, with 40 people including crew on board, landed normally, albeit in presence of fire tenders waiting in case of any emergency, and the passengers were deplaned safely.
“Passengers were deplaned safely in a normal manner,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said.
An El Al plane carrying around 130 passengers made an emergency landing at Ben Gurion Airport Tuesday afternoon shortly after taking off from there for Vienna, when smoke was spotted in the cabin.
“There was smoke in the plane’s galley,” one passenger told the Ynet news site. “The crew ran to the galley and after a few moments they said there was smoke and we were going back because there was a problem.”
The plane landed safely. It was met by ambulances and paramedics at the airport.There were apparently no injuries in the incident. The cause of the smoke was not immediately clear. Earlier Tuesday another El Al plane, headed for Milan, was forced to return to the airport shortly after takeoff due to an issue with its landing gear indication system.
A passenger plane was evacuated at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport after the cabin filled with smoke. Passengers were forced to evacuate via inflatable slides in the dark. Flight GH-173 to Novosibirsk had to abort take-off late on Tuesday, when the pilots of the Boeing 727 plane noticed smoke in the cockpit. The entire landing strip was immediately blocked off and passengers were ordered to leave the plane via inflatable slides. Videos from the scene show rescuers rushing to the plane across the landing strip. The evacuation took place in total darkness, lit only by the flashing lights of nearby emergency vehicles. All of the 129 passengers were successfully evacuated and no one was injured in the incident, a spokesperson for Globus Airlines said.
According to a preliminary investigation, the smoke was caused by water that got into the air conditioning system of the plane, the company said. A source with Moscow’s emergency services said the emergency was likely caused by a short circuit. The incident did not disrupt other flights in the airport, according to Domodevo’s press service.
An Air Canada flight from Toronto to Washington DC had to make an emergency landing after smoke was spotted in the plane’s cockpit. The flight was operated by Sky Regional on behalf of Air Canada and left Pearson International Airport at 4:51 p.m. At some point during the flight, pilots saw smoke in the cockpit and the plane made an emergency landing at Dulles International Airport rather than at Reagan National Airport, as originally scheduled.
“All 63 passengers and 4 crew were unharmed after exiting the aircraft on the tarmac,” Sky Regional Spokesperson Naomi Strasser told CP24 in an email.
It’s not yet clear what caused the problem on the plane.
Air Canada is now assisting passengers in getting to their final destinations, Strasser said.
A WestJet flight from Vancouver to Nanaimo declared an emergency after smoke filled the cabin and flight deck on its approach to the Nanaimo airport Tuesday. Passenger Robin Thacker was sitting in row 17 near the back of the Bombardier Q400 twin turboprop.
“It was touch and go in terms of getting scared about it,” he said. “By the time we landed you almost couldn’t see the front row, that’s how thick the smoke was. No masks dropped down and they just told us to breathe through our clothes.”
Thacker said the flight landed normally but then underwent an emergency evacuation on the tarmac with the crew kicking out the doors. He estimates the flight was 90-per-cent full. In a statement, a WestJet spokesperson said all passengers and crew on WestJet Encore flight 3161 were safely evacuated from the aircraft. Thacker said the smoke became noticeable in the last four or five minutes of the 17-minute flight.
“You could tell [the crew] was worried. That’s when the worry kicked in for me,” he said.
WestJet said it has cancelled three subsequent flights the aircraft was scheduled to fly between Vancouver and Vancouver Island due to a maintenance inspection.
There were two emergency situations involving flights in the Buffalo airport area Wednesday. Both ended safely.
The first was at approximately 6am, a Challenger CL-30 took off from Prior Aviation and experienced smoke in the cockpit, the plane came back and landed safely. There were 4 passengers on board.
The second one was just after 9 this morning, an inbound Delta CRJ-200, Detroit to Buffalo, the plane had a minor mechanical issue and landed safely, 19 on board total, 3 were crew members. The plane landed safely.
The fire department responded to Eindhoven Airbase on Wednesday morning after the cockpit of a Hercules C130 suddenly filled with smoke, the fire brigade said on Twitter. The military plane was still on the ground when this happened. The six crew members on board immediately turned off the engines and left the aircraft. No one was hurt. What caused the smoke is still unclear. Defense is investigating, according to the fire brigade. Other aviation traffic was not hindered.
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City aviation officials say a Dallas-bound flight was diverted to the Albuquerque International Sunport Sunday evening due to smoke in the cabin that was possibly the result of an electrical fire. Officials said flight 3562, which took off from Phoenix, landed at the Sunport sometime after 8 p.m. Several emergency vehicles could be seen on the tarmac surrounding the plane before leaving the scene around 9:40 p.m. Passengers and crew de-planed onto the tarmac and was taken via city bus back to the Sunport. Two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries according to AFD.
Brandon Cox was one of the many passengers on that flight. He said about halfway through the flight he noticed something out of the ordinary. “Me and my buddy that was sitting next to me we could feel the air blowing out of the vent was real hot and it was really unusual,” Cox said in a phone interview. “Why would they turn the heat on right now? Then there was a little smell.”
About five minutes after the bizarre smell, an announcement came over the loudspeaker.
“Buckle your seatbelts tight and, you know, bend over, put your head and your hands in your lap and they were on the radio repeating that,” he said.
Passengers were informed plane would be making an emergency landing and would be greeted by a sea of first responders.
“At that point, I didn’t really know what was going to happen,” he said. “I knew that we were going down and that it was an emergency landing so I kind of tried to prepare for the worst,” he said.
While Cox was praying and texting loved ones, others were trying to comfort each other. Despite the panic, the plane landed safely.
A LATAM Argentina Airbus A320-200, registration LV-BFO performing flight 4M-7732/LA-7732 from Buenos Aires Aeroparque,BA to El Calafate,SC (Argentina) with 167 passengers and 6 crew, was climbing through FL300 out of Buenos Aires when smoke developed in the cockpit prompting the crew to divert to Buenos Aires’ Ezeiza,BA (Argentina) for a safe landing about 45 minutes after departure.
Argentina’s JIAAC (Accident Investigation) rated the occurrence a serious incident and opened an investigation. The damage to the aircraft is being determined. The airline reported there had been a small amount of smoke in the back of the cabin. ACARS messages received from the aircraft include “VENT BLOWER FAULT” and “VENT EXTRACT FAULT” indications, both indications related to avionics cooling.
An aircraft operated by Nigeria’s largest airline, Arik Air, made an emergency landing on Tuesday when the pilot detected smoke in the cabin. The aircraft, travelling from Lagos to Accra, Ghana, had smoke coming from its cabin many miles away from its destination in Ghana.
A passenger had taken to the social media Thursday complaining about alleged ill treatment meted out to the affected passengers on the flight when the plane eventually landed in Ghana after the experience. But the airline said in a statement on Thurday that there was no incident and that passengers disembarked without hitches. The airline’s spokesperson, Adebanji Ola, said the captain briefed the passengers when the incident occurred.
“Arik Air flight W3 304 from Lagos to Accra on March 6, 2018 declared an emergency in line with standard operating procedures, when unknown source of smoke was detected in the cabin 81 miles from Accra,” the statement said.
“The captain of the flight briefed the passengers accordingly, assuring them that the aircraft was under control and safe for landing in Accra.
“The aircraft, a Dash 8 Q400, landed safely in Accra without further incident and all passengers disembarked normally.”
The incident occurred against the backdrop of series of near-mishaps recorded in the Nigerian aviation industry in recent weeks.
An Air Canada flight was delayed at Pearson International Airport this morning after a passenger’s cellphone caught fire on the plane, the airline said. Peter Fitzpatrick, a spokesperson for Air Canada, said there were 266 customers on board the flight, which was headed to Vancouver. He said the phone caught fire at around 7 a.m. as the flight crew was preparing for takeoff.
“The fire was immediately extinguished by our crew and there was no damage to the aircraft,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement. Toronto Coun. Joe Cressy was aboard the plane when he said he heard “a commotion” 15 to 20 rows behind him. He said staff immediately snapped into action, extinguishing the fire and calling for any medical professional aboard to come and help.
Brandon Scott, who was also on the flight, compared the fire to a “small campfire-sized flame.”
“I heard yelling, it just seemed like pandemonium, there was confusion about what was going on and people were jumping out of their seats,” Scott said. “I looked behind and in the aisle and it looked like a small campfire-sized flame.”
While it is not known why the phone caught fire, nor has the make or model of the phone been confirmed, CTV’s technology analyst Carmi Levy said occurrences of phones catching fire are becoming increasingly common.
“When it works, lithium-ion is a great technology for mobile devices but if the battery is damaged, if it runs hot, if there’s something wrong with the device… it could be, essentially, a bomb in your pocket,” he said.
All sources say pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, yet later United Airlines spokesperson claims smoke was in the lavatory.
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A United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Pennsylvania around 9:20 p.m. Tuesday after pilots noticed smoke in the cockpit, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Flight 1165 was diverted to Lehigh Valley International Airport, about 65 miles northeast of Philadelphia. The plane, a Boeing 757, landed safely, and no injuries were reported, the FAA said.
United confirmed the diversion in a statement late Tuesday, but said the plane had to be diverted “after reports of smoke in the lavatory,” not the cockpit.
“The flight landed safely and we will transport customers back to Newark this evening via bus and provide hotel accommodations, helping customers resume their travels as quickly as possible on Wednesday,” United said. “Our maintenance team will inspect the aircraft to determine the cause. We apologize to our customers for this inconvenience.”
United and the FAA both said they would investigate the incident.
United passengers experienced a much scarier diversion incident earlier this month when part of a plane’s engine fell apart in midair, leaving metal pieces flapping in the wind. The NTSB attributed that incident to an “engine surge and compressor stall” in one of the plane’s engines.
That plane, a Boeing 777, landed safely with no injuries, but passengers on the flight said the said they were terrified.
“I thought we were going to die and hoped that my kids knew that I loved them,” one passenger told ABC News on Feb. 13. “It was horrible. The flight attendants were really professional, but they were scared. You could tell from their face.”
An Airbus Beluga transport plane performed an emergency landing yesterday after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit.
The aircraft with three crew onboard took off from Hawarden Airport at 10.10am on Monday en route to the Airbus site at Hamburg-Finkenwerder in Germany.
The seventeen year old transporter was descending north of Bremen when the flight crew declared an emergency due to the smoke problem. Emergency services were put on standby at Hamburg-Finkenwerder Airport as the Beluga came into land around 15 minutes after the emergency was declared. The airport Fire Service escorted the Beluga off the runway to the airport apron and on inspection it was found that there had been a ‘cable fire’ on the flight deck, which had already extinguished.
According to a report by German news website The Hamburger Abendblatt around 50 firefighters from Hamburg were deployed “with two fire brigades, two command services, one environmental service, three volunteer fire departments, one area leader (FF) and two interchangeable vehicles with the roll-off containers Special Extinguishing Foam and Powder.”
In an update this morning a spokesperson from Airbus told Deeside.com;
“We confirm a “safety landing” of the Beluga (registration F-GSTF) at our Airbus airport Finkenwerder due to apparent smoke in the cockpit. The plane was on a flight from Chester (UK) to Hamburg-Finkenwerder. The plane landed safely and the crew are fine.”
A domestic flight in China was delayed by nearly three hours when a power bank kept in the overhead compartment caught fire. The electronic device went up in flames shortly before takeoff while passengers were still boarding the plane. Fortunately, the fire was put out successfully and no person was reported injured. Video taken by a passenger on-board shows a carry-on luggage covered in flames. A flight attendant promptly throws bottled water at the fire. A passenger joins in by throwing… em, juice at the burning device. They successfully contain the fire within a few seconds, reports Indian Express. Photos and videos of the incident were posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo and soon went viral on other platforms.
According to People’s Daily China, the incident happened on a China Southern Airline flight To Shanghai on Sunday. The plane was still in Guangzhou when the power bank caught fire. Passengers were boarding the flight when smoke and fire were seen coming from a passenger’s bag in the overhead bin, Channel NewsAsia quotes a statement posted by the airline on Weibo. According to the statement, the fire was put out with the help of fire and security departments and there was no further damage or injuries. The passenger who owned the bag was brought in to help authorities in the investigation. According to preliminary probe, the device was not in use when it caught fire.
Passengers were disembarked from the plane following the incident and allocated a new aircraft which took off nearly three hours later, according to information from flight tracking website FlightAware. On social media, the attendant’s firefighting techniques involving water and juice came under much criticism.
The crew and passengers are safe after a disabled aircraft had to make an emergency landing at Scottsdale Airport. There was a report of smoke in the cockpit, according to airport officials. A small section of Taxiway B was closed as a result.
A JetBlue Airplane landed safely at PBIA after reports of smoke in the cockpit Monday night. According to an official with PBIA, either the Pilot or first officer called in an alert 2 and reported smoke in the cockpit of their aircraft as they were approaching the airport. The plane landed safely and passengers exited the plane without incident. Crews are investigating the source of the smoke. No injuries have been reported.
SAVOY, Ill. (WAND) – An American Eagle flight to Chicago returned to Willard Airport Monday morning after smoke was reported in the cockpit according to Gene Cossey, the Executive Director of Willard Airport. The plane landed without incident and was brought back to the terminal where 35 passengers onboard were able to exit the aircraft, said Cossey.
According to Cossey, the smoke in the cockpit cleared once ventilated. Oil on the auxiliary power unit near the cargo outside the cockpit appears to be the source of the smoke, said Cossey. Officials stated there were no physical problems with the aircraft and that no one onboard required medical attention.
Source: Joy Basu & David Rivers | www.dailystar.co.ukFlight BA0213 departed from London Heathrow at 11.15 am today, but the flight was forced to head to Shannon as a “precaution” shortly after take-off. It has since emerged this was due to the cockpit filling with smoke. Flight tracking website AirLive said this was due to a faulty air-conditioning unit. It tweeted: “British Airways #BA213 to Boston diverted to Shannon due to fumes in cockpit and cabin (suspected AC unit failure).”A message on the airline’s website said: “We’re very sorry, this flight scheduled from London to Boston, has been diverted to Shannon.” A spokesman for British Airways confirmed the aircraft landed normally. He said: “Our highly-trained pilots diverted the flight as a precaution.””We have arranged for a replacement aircraft to fly to Shannon this afternoon to make sure all our customers can get to Boston as soon as possible.
“We have apologised to our customers for the delay to their journey.”
A US domestic flight was forced to divert when a passenger’s lithium battery caught fire, injuring two people and spreading smoke through the cabin. Frontier Airlines flight 1883 had departed from Orlando in Florida, destination Phoenix, Arizona, at 8.40pm on 3 February. During the climb, a passenger’s battery that was connected to a smartphone ignited. It burnt the owner, who knocked it to the floor. Another passenger managed to pick it up and take it to the bathroom to place it in the sink, burning his hand in the process. The battery was covered with ice to try to cool it. The pilots decided to divert to Tampa, where the Airbus A320 landed safely about 40 minutes after take-off. The two injured passengers were give treatment for their burns.
A passenger, Kim Gardner, reported on the Aviation Herald website: “Smoke was bad and it smelled awful for a little bit and then pretty much went away. “It was pretty scary for a few minutes with all the smoke and fumes and made you realize how fast something can happen on a plane and how little control you have of things.”
Another passenger, Patrick, wrote: “I was on this flight, about 15 rows back. Cabin oxygen masks did not drop down. The event was quick with a smoke cloud toward the front passenger rows, and the lingering smell.
“When we landed in Tampa, the runway was lined with every emergency vehicle they had. Everyone deplaned after about 25 minutes. At that point I realized that it was going to be a long night. Better than an abruptly short night.”
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows spare lithium ion batteries to be carried in the aircraft cabin, but not checked into baggage. In December, a passenger’s iPhone on a United Airlines flight from Barcelona to New York caught fire after it was inadvertently crushed when the seat was reclined. “The phone caught fire and was then retrieved and placed in a containment bag,” reported the FAA. The UK Civil Aviation Authority says: “Lithium batteries are very safe, but because of their high energy, if they are not treated with care or if they are abused or have a manufacturing fault, they can catch fire. “Batteries have been the cause of a number of fires on board aircraft and during ground handling.”
A JetBlue airplane was forced to make an emergency landing at Stewart International Airport in Orange County on Wednesday. Reports say there was smoke in the cockpit of the plane, forcing pilots to use oxygen masks and land the aircraft in New Windsor. The cause of the smoke is believed to be electrical. The plane was headed from Burlington, Vermont to JFK when it had to change course. There are no reports of injuries for anyone onboard.
The Queensland police jet carrying most of Queensland’s top police and emergency services leaders has made an emergency return in Brisbane this morning after a mid-air drama on the way to Townsville. The early morning flight carrying Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan, Commissioner Ian Stewart and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll was near Gladstone when it suddenly plummeted, dropping altitude rapidly. Those onboard reported loud banging and the smell of smoke. The 19-year-old Cessna Citation twin jet landed safely back in Brisbane with those on board having to abandon the plan to join the Premier in Townsville for Australia Day. Mr Ryan said it was a frightening experience.
“But I knew the fantastic and highly experienced pilots of the Government Air Wing were in control. I’m grateful to them for their professionalism, skill, reassurance, and calmness,” Mr Ryan said.
Corrective Services Commissioner Peter Martin and head of Maritime Safety Queensland Captain Patrick Quirk were also on board. A government spokesman said Commissioner Stewart directed the other passengers to follow emergency procedures as the pilots turned the plane around and flew at low altitude and slow speed back to Brisbane.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 28, 2016
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
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.
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.
May 21, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 16, 2016
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
February 16, 2016
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….
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…..
(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….
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….
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.
October 30, 2015
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
May 15, 2015
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 304-348-1215 or follow @rusty_marks on Twitter.
March 30, 2015
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.
March 4, 2015
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, email@example.com or twitter.com/JesseAPaul
February 26, 2015
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.
February 21, 2015
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.
February 21, 2015
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.
February 12, 2015
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.
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)
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.
January 14, 2015
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.
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.
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.
December 17, 2014
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.)
December 5, 2014
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.
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.
November 21, 2014
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.
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.
November 5, 2014
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.
October 21, 2014
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.
October 3, 2014
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.
September 22, 2014
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
September 11, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
July 12, 2014
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….
July 9, 2014
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
June 28, 2014
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.
June 18, 2014
By Jacqueline Tempera: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp
June 18, 2014
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.
June 4, 2014
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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.
April 25, 2014
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.
April 15, 2014
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
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….
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.
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.”
February 17, 2014
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.
February 1, 2014
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.”
February 1, 2014
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.
January 29, 2014
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.
January 16, 2014
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.
January 14, 2014
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)
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.
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.
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.