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Incident: American Airlines flight evacuated after pilot reports smoke in cockpit upon landing at DFW Airport

June 27th, 2016

By Naheed Rajwani

An American Airlines flight from Mobile, Ala., was evacuated this morning after the pilot reported that the brakes were too hot when the plane touched down at DFW International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crew of Envoy Flight 3492 reported smoke in the cockpit shortly after landing at the airport about 7:45 a.m. Crew and passengers were evacuated after "possible flames" were spotted in a wheel well. The airport's fire crews were sent to the runway to help. Despite reports of a fire on the plane, American Airlines spokesman Ross Feinstein said there was "no indication of a fire." No injuries were reported, either. Maintenance crews are checking the aircraft to see if it's OK to fly again, Feinstein said.
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/airline-industry/20160627-american-airlines-flight-evacuated-after-pilot-reports-smoke-in-cockpit-upon-landing-at-dfw-airport.ece

Incident: FIRE engines surrounded the Airbus A330 as passengers came down the inflated slides on the runway

June 26th, 2016

By: ELLIE FLYNN

PASSENGERS were forced to evacuate an American Airlines plane using the emergency slides at Heathrow after a technical issue caused smoke to fill the cabin. The airbus A330 with 277 passengers on board was evacuated on the terminal 3 runway due to smoke in the cabin at around 12.30pm today. Fire crews remain at the scene after passengers were evacuated due to smoke in the cabin Most passengers and crew got off the plane using the jet bridge. About 12 passengers used the emergency slides to get off the plane a few minutes after boarding. Video uploaded on Twitter showed the passengers coming down the inflated slides and onto the runway. Fire engines were seen surrounding the plane as flyers made their way off. Ross Hiscock, 28, was on a flight that landed at Heathrow from Helsinki when he saw smoke coming off the tail-end of the plane next to his. He said: "I saw a lot of smoke come out from the tail-end of the aircraft. I wondered if it was normal, whether it was just exhaust fumes. "Then the door opened on the right side of the aircraft and crews deployed slides from the rear and the middle of the plane. "Next we wondered whether it was a drill, but then we saw they were real passengers. I saw at least one carrying a child. "It all happened in a matter of seconds. Everyone seemed to be okay." Another eyewitness said around 10 fire engines, seven ambulances and a number of police were at the scene. He told the Mirror Online: "From what I heard there was smoke coming off the back engine of the plane and it set off smoke detectors which caused the emergency slide to be deployed." A number of passengers and crew are being treated by medical personnel.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/1344812/passengers-evacuate-american-airlines-plane-by-emergency-slide-at-london-heathrow/

Incident: Eurowings A319 at Cologne on Jun 22nd 2016, fumes in cockpit

June 22nd, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

An Eurowings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AGWJ performing flight 4U-24 from Cologne/Bonn to Berlin Tegel (Germany) with 116 people on board, was in the initial climb out of Cologne's runway 14L when the crew donned their oxygen masks and decided to return to Cologne reporting fumes on the flight deck. The aircraft levelled off at 2000 feet MSL and returned for a safe landing on runway 14L about 10 minutes after departure. A passenger reported that the aircraft stopped the climb shortly after takeoff and performed a low level circuit to return to Cologne, while on final approach the crew announced there was a smell in the cabin and cockpit, the smell subsided after takeoff power was reduced. Emergency services accompanied the aircraft from the runway to the apron where they disembarked normally via stairs. Seated in the aft cabin the passenger could not smell anything out of the ordinary. A second passenger reported the aircraft returned to Cologne because of the "smell of odour". There was no apparent smoke or fire, aircraft was received by fire and medical services, the passengers were checked out but did not need medical assistance. Emergency services reported that an emergency doctor and medical staff as well as fire services were dispatched to receive the aircraft, there were no injuries. The entire crew, although not complaining about any health issues, went to see a doctor as a precaution. Representatives of the BFU were on site, first examinations suggest an engine problem rather than a problem of the air conditioning.
http://avherald.com/h?article=49a1f464

Incident: American A321 near New York on Jun 19th 2016, smoke in cockpit as result of engine stall

June 19th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

An American Airlines Airbus A321-200, registration N142AN performing flight AA-1086 from Boston,MA to Miami,FL (USA) with 189 people, was climbing through FL330 out of Boston about 50nm east of New York JFK,NY (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to New York JFK. While descending towards JFK the crew reported it appeared the smoke was dissipating. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on JFK's runway 22L about 25 minutes later. Emergency services reported smoke from the left hand engine (V2533). The crew responded they had experienced a #1 engine stall and smoke in the cockpit, but everything went away and they wanted to make sure everything looked good. The crew taxied the aircraft to the apron. Passengers reported there were two loud booms, the aircraft started to rattle, some passengers observed streaks of flames from the left hand engine, then smoke started to enter the cabin. The rattle, streaks and rattle subsided soon after. The airline reported there was a problem with one of the engines, the aircraft is now being examined.
http://avherald.com/h?article=49a0bb3a

Incident: Skywest CRJ7 near Portland on May 31st 2016, smoke in cockpit

May 31st, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

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

Incident: Southwest B737 near Roatan on May 29th 2016, smoke in cabin due to electrical fault

May 30th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

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

Incident: Smoke Alerts Like That on Flight 804 Have Raised Questions in the Past

May 27th, 2016

By: ANDY PASZTOR

Long before EgyptAir Flight 804’s pilots received an alert signaling smoke in a vital electronics compartment, U.S. safety watchdogs documented that such warnings on that airliner model were frequently erroneous and sometimes prompted unnecessary and risky cockpit responses. According to people familiar with the probe into this month’s crash of the Airbus Group SE A320, investigators are trying to determine whether the pilots reacted to the smoke message by following an emergency checklist that can lead to shutting down essential safety systems, including automated flight-control protections. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads Possible pitfalls of that procedure emerged vividly in an April 2011 incident. Shortly after United Airlines Flight 497 took off from New Orleans, the pilots of the A320 plane received a smoke alert from the hub of its avionics system, but investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board later said they found “no evidence of fire or overheated components.” Egyptians lighted candles for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 804 on Thursday inside Cairo’s opera house. ENLARGE Egyptians lighted candles for the victims of EgyptAir Flight 804 on Thursday inside Cairo’s opera house. PHOTO: KHALED ELFIQI/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY The pilots told investigators that “after they began to respond to the smoke warning, electrically powered items in the airplane ceased to function,” according to National Transportation Safety Board documents. The crew lost some radios and a transponder, and needed air-traffic controllers to direct the jet back to the runway, where it landed with impaired steering and its nose wheel veered into grass beside the runway. Nobody was injured. Ten days later, United sent pilots a bulletin saying its “Airbus fleet has experienced cases of spurious avionics smoke warnings” and stressing that emergency electric shutdowns are required only in the event of “perceptible smoke.” It isn’t known if the EgyptAir alert was false, or what actions the crew took. The newer-model, optical smoke sensors installed on the 13-year-old jet have been deemed more reliable than older technology like that on the United plane. But the more recent variants continued to issue false warnings—though at significantly lower rates than the older ones—and were “still sensitive to dust and some aerosols,” Airbus told U.S. crash investigators in 2011. Recovery of the black-box voice and data recorders is expected to reveal whether the aviators got the warning and began the prescribed series of complex, computer-aided steps intended to isolate the problem by shedding electrical load from the main circuits. Going back to 2011, that procedure, designed by Airbus, was controversial among critics who said it could be confusing and overly complicated. The prospects that the EgyptAir crew inadvertently cut off power to some essential systems or otherwise failed to react appropriately during the checklist procedure are among the investigative strands being pursued by the international team of experts involved in the EgyptAir probe, people familiar with the issue said. The effort includes running ground-based simulator sessions to re-create possible sequences of events. Given the scant information now available, it isn’t clear which of the scenarios examined so far—ranging from aircraft malfunctions and pilot missteps to a terrorist act—can be considered the most likely, these people said. Airbus has been working on the problem of erroneous avionics smoke alerts since the late 1990s. An Airbus spokesman on Friday declined to comment, citing the continuing investigation. EgyptAir officials couldn’t be reached to comment. Theories about what might have occurred in the avionics bay of Flight 804—an under-floor compartment near the cockpit that houses the jet’s electrical brains—don’t seem to fit with the relatively few system-failure messages the aircraft automatically transmitted before it stopped communicating with the ground, safety experts said. In addition to the avionics smoke warning, the six other messages included malfunctions of cockpit-window systems and of a flight-control system. The avionics smoke checklist rarely pops up during recurrent training, according to several pilots who fly the workhorse A320, one of the world’s most widely used jetliners. “We only get to practice the procedure once or twice in the simulator every couple of years,” said Ben Riecken, who flies A320s for a U.S. carrier. In the past, information compiled by the manufacturer and U.S. accident investigators showed avionics smoke detectors were plagued by systemic problems. According to data Airbus supplied to the NTSB as part of an earlier A320 investigation, the manufacturer collected 63 reports of avionics smoke warnings between 1996 and 2011. Forty-two of them were false. At the time, more than 1,400 older planes were still due to be retrofitted with improved sensors. But in the probe into the 2011 United Airlines incident, Airbus experts tried to play down the significance of smoke-warning hardware altogether. They told NTSB investigators that the “primary method of smoke detection” from the avionics compartment was “visual and smell on the part of the flight crew and that the avionics smoke detector is secondary,” according to a summary of interviews posted on the board’s website. Around the 2011 probe, United Airlines told the safety board that only one of 19 reports related to avionics smoke warnings ended up with pilots actually sensing smoke. Still, 15 of those flights either returned to their departure airport or were diverted to an en-route alternate. A spokesman for the carrier on Friday said it “made procedural changes in coordination with Airbus” in the wake of the incident, but declined to elaborate. Barely hours after the EgyptAir crash killed all 66 people on board, Egyptian officials appeared to jump on the idea of terrorism. But since then, with President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi saying nothing has been ruled out, public attention has shifted to other potential causes spanning an array of airplane malfunctions and cockpit errors. In the case of EgyptAir Flight 804, safety experts said turning off both generators could account for the sudden loss of automated transmission of system updates as well as dropping off air-traffic control radar screens. But they cautioned that other combinations of problems also could lead to such communication loss. Investigators are also looking into terrorism, including checks of those on board and others who may have accessed the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport before it left Paris. —Robert Wall contributed to this article.
By http://www.wsj.com/articles/smoke-alerts-like-that-on-flight-804-have-raised-questions-in-the-past-1464390994

Incident: NTSB RELEASES DETAILED LOOK AT FATAL TUPELO PLANE CRASH

May 28th, 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
By http://www.wcbi.com/local-news/breaking-ntsb-releases-detailed-look-fatal-tupelo-plane-crash/

Incident: Eurowings A319 at Dusseldorf on May 16th 2016, smoke in cockpit and cabin

May 25th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

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

Incident: EgyptAir MS804: Fires are a growing problem for airlines

May 21st, 2016

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

Incident: Smoke in the cabin: what does the data from EgyptAir MS804's sensors mean?

May 21st, 2016

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.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/21/smoke-in-the-cabin-what-does-the-data-from-egyptair-ms804s-senso/

Incident: EgyptAir Crash: Data Shows Smoke Near Cockpit

May 21st, 2016

By: http://news.sky.com/

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.
http://news.sky.com/story/1699713/egyptair-crash-data-shows-smoke-near-cockpit

Incident: Delta Airbus A-320 near Green Bay on May 10th 2016, smell of smoke in cockpit

May 11th, 2016

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

A Delta Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N377NW (our reports database features 0 other incidents for the same aircraft, Delta has been listed 317 times within our reports database) performing flight DL-2841 from Grand Rapids,MI to Minneapolis,MN (USA) with 131 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing through FL270 out of Grand Rapids about 70nm southeast of Green Bay,WI (USA) when the crew reported smell of smoke in the cockpit, stopped the climb and diverted the aircraft to Green Bay for a safe landing on runway 36 about 17 minutes later. Emergency services inspected the aircraft before it taxied to the apron. The remainder of the flight was cancelled. The airline reported maintenance is examining the aircraft after the crew detected a smokey odour on the flight deck. At the time of writing, the aircraft type Airbus A-320 is being featured at least 815 times.
https://www.aeroinside.com/item/7525/delta-a320-near-green-bay-on-may-10th-2016-smell-of-smoke-in-cockpit

Incident: Iberia A332 near Fortaleza, smoke in cabin

April 17th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

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

April 16th, 2016

By: http://PRWeb.com

VisionSafe Corporation, the creator of the Emergency Vision Assurance System, (EVAS®) has reached an agreement with King Schools to host their EVAS Training Course on the King Schools online learning platform, iLearn. The EVAS course is available for purchase through the King Schools website and purchasers of the EVAS product will receive 2 free course keys with each unit. The web-based course can be accessed on any online device. It is also “AppAble” with the KING Companion App, allowing you to download your lessons to iPads and iPhones for offline access. The Companion is available from the App Store. The EVAS (Emergency Vision Assurance System) is a self-contained system that includes a battery powered blower which draws smoky air in through a filter, removing visible particles, and venting to a flexible air duct, which is connected to an inflatable transparent envelope, called the “Inflatable Vision Unit” (IVU). The entire EVAS system is contained in an aluminum container that is about the size of a Jeppeson manual, and weighs approximately 6 pounds. The system provides a clear area so a pilot can see flight instruments during a smoke in the cockpit incident. Training is required. “We are thrilled to work with VisionSafe to provide easy access the training that professional pilots need when flying EVAS equipped aircraft,” said John King. “Many professional pilots already rely on the iLearn environment for their training needs, so hosting this important training for VisionSafe was a natural fit,” concluded Martha King. For more information: http://www.kingschools.com/evas About King Schools For over 40 years, students and pilots at all levels have enjoyed King Schools´ clear, simple and fun video courses. King Schools estimates that over 50% of the pilots flying in the U.S. today have learned with King. The company is also a leader in on-line pilot certification and avionics training for pilots of high-performance and turbine aircraft. To find out more, please visit http://www.KingsSchools.com or call (800)-854-1001. For worldwide (858) 541-2200. About VisionSafe VisionSafe Corporation was formed to explore various new ways to provide vision in vision impaired conditions for individuals in common land and air environments as well as marine, submarine, and scuba diving environments. In the process, the company developed and patented the EVAS® system for pilots to see to safely control and land when confronted with dense, blinding smoke in the cockpit. The system has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration since 2001. To learn more about the product, please visit http://www.VisionSafe.com. KingSchools.com 3840 Calle Fortunada • San Diego, CA 92123 Toll-Free (800) 854-1001 Worldwide (858)-541-2200 FAX (858) 541-2201 VisionSafe.com 46-217 Kahuhipa Street • Kaneohe, HI 96744 Factory: (808) 235-0849 Sales & Marketing: (973) 864-6206 Fax (973) 864-6202
http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/04/prweb13343871.htm

Incident: Fried: Instead of banning batteries, let’s enforce our laws

April 1st, 2016

By: http://aircargoworld.com/

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

Incident: Second JetBlue flight diverted to Buffalo because of cockpit odor

March 31st, 2016

By: Buffalo.com

A second JetBlue flight was diverted to Buffalo on Wednesday night because of an odor in the cockpit. JetBlue Flight 497 from Boston to Seattle landed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport just before 9:30 p.m., the airline said in a statement. The flight was diverted “out of an abundance of caution following reports of an electrical odor in the cockpit.” Earlier Wednesday, JetBlue Flight 1012 from Chicago to Boston landed at the airport at 11:45 a.m. because of smell of smoke in the cockpit. That flight also was diverted “out of an abundance of caution,” an airline spokesman said.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/cheektowaga/second-jetblue-flight-diverted-to-buffalo-because-of-cockpit-odor-20160331

Incident: Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of a JetBlue Plane

March 30th, 2016

By: TWC News Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Smoke in the cockpit of a JetBlue plane forced pilots to make an unscheduled landing in Buffalo Wednesday. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the JetBlue flight was heading from Chicago to Boston when it had to divert to the Buffalo-Niagara International airport around 11:40 a.m. Poloncarz says everyone is OK. JetBlue says there was an odor of smoke in the cockpit and the flight was diverted as a precaution. The airline says the plane is being inspected and customers are being put on other flights.
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2016/03/30/jet-blue-unscheduled-landing-buffalo.html

Incident: Incident: Plane landing in Des Moines reports 'smoke in cockpit'

March 30th, 2016

By: TWC News Staff

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Smoke in the cockpit of a JetBlue plane forced pilots to make an unscheduled landing in Buffalo Wednesday. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the JetBlue flight was heading from Chicago to Boston when it had to divert to the Buffalo-Niagara International airport around 11:40 a.m. Poloncarz says everyone is OK. JetBlue says there was an odor of smoke in the cockpit and the flight was diverted as a precaution. The airline says the plane is being inspected and customers are being put on other flights.
http://www.twcnews.com/nys/buffalo/news/2016/03/30/jet-blue-unscheduled-landing-buffalo.html

Incident: Incident: Plane landing in Des Moines reports 'smoke in cockpit'

March 18th, 2016

By: KCCI.com

Fire and rescue crews were called to the airport about 11:33 a.m. The plane was traveling from Chicago to Phoenix when it reported the problem. The plane has 192 people on board. The flight landed safely at 11:55 a.m. Andrew Wall, an airport operations supervisor, said all passengers were OK on the American Airlines.
http://www.kcci.com/news/plane-landing-in-des-moines-reports-smoke-in-cockpit/38582428

Incident: Smoke in the cockpit forced the in-flight landing

March 15th, 2016

By: Kevin Green, Andy Fox

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An American Regional passenger jet was forced to make an emergency landing at Norfolk International Airport Tuesday afternoon, officials confirm. Officials at Norfolk International tell 10 On Your Side that there were 26 passengers on board the 50-seat plane. Airport Administration says smoke in the cockpit forced the in-flight emergency landing. Pilots declared the in air emergency at 1:30 p.m. when smoke was in the cockpit. Airport Fire Department is on the scene, and the 26 passengers are safely off the plane. Robert Bowen, Executive Director of the Norfolk International Airport, tells 10 On Your Side, “Everyone is safe, and we are investigating what caused the smoke in the cockpit.” Bowen did not have the flight number, the originating city or the final destination.
http://wavy.com/2016/03/15/passenger-plane-forced-to-make-emergency-landing-at-orf/

Incident: Drama unfolding at Melbourne Airport, TigerAir flight in trouble

March 4th, 2016

By: www.news.com.au

THE source of an odour which prompted a plane carrying almost 70 people to make a hasty landing at Melbourne Airport remains a mystery. Tigerair advised an engineers’ assessment after Tuesday’s drama did not identify any issues with the A320 aircraft. It was cleared to resume services that evening. Flight TT511, from Brisbane, had made a priority landing just after 10am when the crew reported an unusual odour. Paramedics assessed four people at the scene. Those treated did not need to go to hospital. Tigerair, in a statement, said: “A Tigerair service from (Brisbane to Melbourne TT 511) landed safely at around 10:05am today without incident at Melbourne Airport after an unusual odour was detected in the cabin on descent.” “Emergency services were on standby to meet the aircraft in Melbourne, which is standard for an event of this nature,’’ the airline said. “The aircraft will undergo an engineers’ assessment in Melbourne.” Tigerair said the flight was given “priority landing”. UPDATE: paramedics are assessing four people (not three) at @Melair following reports of a hazmat incident #melair #melbourne — Ambulance Victoria (@AmbulanceVic) February 29, 2016 All passengers on board the plane walked off unassisted. Four cabin crew underwent medical assessment as a precaution and were given the all-clear. Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics — responding to the “hazmat incident” — assessed four people. Federal Transport Minister Darren Chester said the flight crew reported an odour in the cockpit and cabin on approach to Melbourne. “There were reports that crew members were taken ill,’’ he said. “Emergency plans at the airport were immediately activated; the flight was provided priority landing and the flight landed safety around 10am. “Fire and emergency services were on standby and the Victoria Ambulance attended to a number of passengers. Mr Chester said airservices and emergency services “worked seamlessly in parallel today to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew onboard.” Melbourne Airport originally listed Tigerair flight TT511 as landing at 9.58am, and the airport was scheduled to unload passengers at gate 18. The plane departed Brisbane at 6.40am with 1 hour and 58 minutes flying time. An Airservices Australia spokesman confirmed the odour, initially reported as smoke, was logged with air traffic control during the flight. Melbourne Airport enacted its airport emergency plan with paramedics, fire crews and police at the scene. A media conference was already scheduled this morning at Melbourne Airport to announce a five-year partnership extension between Tigerair and NRL club Melbourne Storm. The media conference, scheduled for 10:30am, was held up for more than 45 minutes. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was investigating. Originally published as Smoke fills plane from Brisbane
http://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/drama-unfolding-at-melbourne-airport-tigerair-flight-in-trouble/story-fnii5v6w-1227768392550?sv=cc67ececf52db6f2ec92c7d2c09ee934

Incident: Envoy E145 near Waterloo on Feb 18th 2016, smoke in cockpit

February 18th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

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

Incident: Plane takes off from National, then lands at Dulles after report of smoke

February 16th, 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..... (click below to read more)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dr-gridlock/wp/2016/02/16/plane-takes-off-from-reagan-national-makes-quick-landing-at-dulles-after-report-of-smoke-in-cockpit/

Incident: Alaska Airlines Flight Diverted to Dulles Airport After Smoke Spotted In Cockpit

February 15th, 2016

By: DAVID CAPLAN | ABC News

An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Dulles International Airport this morning, just 16 minutes after taking off from nearby Reagan National Airport, due to smoke in the cockpit, the airline confirmed to ABC News. Seattle-bound Alaska Airlines Flight 1 -– with 161 passengers and 6 crew members -- departed Reagan National at 10:22 a.m. and landed at Dulles at 10:38 a.m, according to the airline. The cause of the smoke is still being investigated, said the airline, adding that the two pilots asked to be “checked out” by doctors and were transferred to a hospital as were four other crew members. Their conditions were not clear. None of the passengers were injured or taken to a hospital. “The flight landed without incident, was checked by our fire department and cleared to taxi under its own power to the gate,” read a statement released by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority...... (click below to read more)
http://abcnews.go.com/US/alaska-airlines-flight-diverted-dulles-airport-smoke-spotted/story?id=36960834

Incident: American Airlines flight makes emergency landing at LAX due to mechanical issue

February 11th, 2016

By: Kelly Taylor, Gigi Graciette | Foxola.com

(FOX 11) - American Airlines flight #564 made an emergency landing Thursday at LAX after a report of a mechanical issue. The plane took off from San Jose carrying more than 100 passengers shortly after 9 a.m. and was en-route to Phoenix when the problem was reported. The pilot initially reported smoke in the cockpit, and the passengers' oxygen masks were deployed. The flight landed safely just before 11 a.m..... (click below to read more)
http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/88901764-story

Incident: Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Arizona After Smoke Fills Cabin, Cockpit

February 9th, 2016

By: Travel Pulse | DONALD WOOD

On Sunday, a United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Tucson International Airport in Arizona after smoke filled the cabin and the cockpit. According to Ally Aldrete and Christina Myers of ABC News, Flight 6517 departed from Tucson at around 6 a.m. local time and was en route to Los Angeles International Airport when the incident occurred. Shortly after takeoff, the cabin and cockpit began to fill up with smoke, prompting the pilot to call for an emergency landing. Tucson Airport.... (click below to read more)
http://www.travelpulse.com/news/impacting-travel/plane-makes-emergency-landing-in-arizona-after-smoke-fills-cabin-cockpit.html

Incident: Major U.S. Airlines Ban Hoverboards Citing Risk of On-Board Fire

Dec 14th, 2015

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

At least 10 fires have been linked to the popular hoverboards' lithium-ion batteries that can quickly overheat and self-ignite. Article features the EVAS system.
http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/major-u.s.-airlines-ban-hoverboards-citing-risk-of-on-board-fire-584624195761

Incident: Trans States E145 at Montreal on Nov 24th 2015, smoke in cockpit

Nov 27th, 2015

By: Simon Hradecky

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

Incident: Republic Airlines Plane Diverts to North Carolina after Smoke in Cockpit

Oct 30th, 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

Incident: Smoke Fills Cockpit of United Airlines Flight Landing at LAX

May 15th, 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. http://patch.com/california/marinadelrey/smoke-fills-cockpit-united-airlines-flight-landing-lax

Incident: Small Plane Evacuated at Midway Due to Smoke in Cockpit

April 17th, 2015

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

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

Incident: Plane lands at Yeager after report of smoke in cockpit

April 4th, 2015

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

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

Incident: Flight Diverted to Boise After Report of Smoke in the Cockpit

March 30th, 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.

Incident: US Airways Plane in Denver Evacuated After Smoke Filled Cabin

March 4th, 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, jpaul@denverpost.com or twitter.com/JesseAPaul

Incident:Edmonton flight returns to Pearson after reports of smoke in the cockpit

February 26th, 2015

By: Mississauga.com,

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

Incident: FAA Approves EVAS Cockpit Smoke Protection In The Boeing 777 Aircraft

February 21st, 2015

By: AVStop.com,

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

Incident: Thomas Cook B753 near Budapest on Feb 21st 2015, smoke in the flightdeck

February 21st, 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.

Incident: jet2.com B733 near Leeds on Feb 12th 2015, smoke in cabin

February 12th, 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.

Incident: KC-135 Makes Emergency Landing in Wisconsin Smoke in Cockpit

January 29th, 2015

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

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

Incident: Diverted United Flight Smoke in Cockpit

January 29th, 2015

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

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

Incident: Cabin smoke forces United Airlines flight to return to Newark

January 14th, 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.

Incident: Porter flight makes emergency landing, airline's second diversion in one day

December 29th, 2014

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

A Porter Airlines flight heading from Toronto to Sudbury, Ont., made an emergency landing Sunday evening. It was the second Porter Airlines flight on Sunday that was diverted from its original route. The airline confirmed on its website shortly before 9 p.m. that flight PD539 had been diverted to Pearson Airport. The Greater Toronto Airport Authority said that there was a "medical call" involved in the emergency landing. Peel paramedics said they transported an elderly female passenger from the plane to an Etobicoke hospital. Despite reports of smoke in the cockpit, they said the woman's health issue was not smoke-related. Brad Cicero, a spokesperson for Porter, said that there was no indication of a fire in the plane. "One of the two engines was shut down using standard procedures and the aircraft landed safely," he said. Medical personnel attended to two passengers for suspected anxiety, Cicero told CTV Toronto. The flight took off from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport around 7:30 p.m., according to Porter's website. Earlier in the day, a Washington, D.C.-bound flight had to divert to rural Pennsylvania after it took off from Billy Bishop around 8 a.m. It landed safely at Williamsport Regional Airport around 9 a.m., after smoke was detected in the cockpit. The plane had 66 passengers on board, and the airline's spokesperson said another plane would pick them up and take them on to Washington. Porter Airlines uses only Canadian-built Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. The airline reported a number of delays on Sunday and Porter's 8:30 p.m. flight to Sudbury was cancelled. Read more: http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/porter-flight-makes-emergency-landing-airline-s-second-diversion-in-one-day-1.2164573#ixzz3NMUSXUem

Incident: First Air flight declared emergency with smoke in the cockpit

December 19th, 2014

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

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

Incident:United Airlines plane makes emergency landing in Cleveland after report of smoke in cockpit

December 17th, 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.)

Incident:Florida-bound Delta plane lands safely at Toledo Express Crew reported smoke in cockpit

December 5th, 2014

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

A commercial airliner landed safely Thursday night at Toledo Express Airport after the crew aboard reported smoke in the cockpit, authorities said. Delta flight 312 left Detroit shortly before 8 p.m., headed for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, according to the airline’s Web site. The tower at the airport was alerted around 8 p.m. that an aircraft was about 10 minutes away from the airport and would be landing. Lucas County Sheriff’s deputies and area fire departments, including Swanton’s, responded. By 8:30, the plane was on the ground and authorities reported that the smoke in the cockpit had cleared and passengers were allowed off the plane. Delta’s Web site reports that the flight was expected to resume its trip to Florida, leaving Toledo at 12:23 a.m. Friday Holly Kemler, spokesman for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, said there were 225 people aboard the 757. She said there were no reports of injury or other physical problems. A relief aircraft will be flown in and will take the passengers to Florida. She said that Toledo Express was notified that the plane was having problems at 8:06 p.m. It was on the ground at 8:18 p.m. Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2014/12/04/Plane-lands-safely-at-Toledo-Express-Airport-after-crew-aboard-reports-smoke-in-cockpit.html#yFYfrdwjF68wsjhh.99

Incident: Transavia B738 at Amsterdam on Nov 27th 2014, smoke in cockpit

November 27th, 2014

By: Simon Hradecky,

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

ANA plane makes emergency landing in Philippines after smoke reported in cockpit

November 21st, 2014

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

MANILA (AFP) - A Japan-bound All Nippon Airways jet returned to Manila airport and made an emergency landing on Friday after pilots reported smoke in the cockpit, the Philippine authorities said. There were no reported injuries and all 175 passengers and 10 crew safely disembarked from the Boeing 767, said Manila International Airport Authority public affairs officer Ariel Arcilla. "The plane safely landed and there was no panic. It appears the pilot just followed safety protocols," Mr Arcilla told AFP. Investigators are looking into the cause of the cockpit smoke, which the pilots noticed shortly after take-off from Manila, he added. The jet, bound for Tokyo's Narita airport, was airborne for 35 minutes before making a successful emergency landing, Mr Arcilla said. - See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/jet-japans-ana-makes-emergency-landing-philippines-after-smoke-reported-co#sthash.SSNmT53f.dpuf

Evansville Regional Airport Smoke in Cockpit

November 17th, 2014

By: Tristatehomepage.com

A flight bound for Charlotte, North Carolina returns to Evansville Regional Airport after smoke fills the cockpit last night.... Read More at http://www.tristatehomepage.com/story/d/story/officials-inspecting-plane-after-returning-to-evan/89923/CXf8dGXeZUedQ5-qPGuHJQ

JetBlue Flight 1416 Smoke in Cockpit

November 8th, 2014

By: Greg Yee, Press-Telegram

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

United B763 near Lima on Nov 5th 2014, smoke in cockpit

November 5th, 2014

By: http://www.aeroinside.com/

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.

Emergency landing at Prince Albert Municipal Airport

October 21st, 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.

Emirates flight pulled off Karachi runway after pilot detects smoke in cockpit

October 3rd, 2014

By: Pakistantoday.com

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

Small plane lands safely at PBIA after reporting smoke in cockpit

September 22nd, 2014

By: Dailynewsen.com

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

JetBlue flight makes emergency landing at Long Beach Airport

September 19th, 2014

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

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

Incident: Blinding smoke caused helicopter crash that killed 3

September 11th, 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. http://www.navytimes.com/article/20140911/NEWS/309110052/Report-Blinding-smoke-caused-helicopter-crash-killed-3

Incident: 737 Jet2 Plane Was Forced Down, Smoke in Cockpit

September 4th, 2014

By: The Aviation Herald

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N662JB performing flight B6-787 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Sint Maarten (Sint Maarten) with 139 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 230nm northwest of Bermuda (Bermuda) when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Bermuda. Enroute to Bermuda the crew reported they had the smoke pretty much under control the fumes however still persisted. The aircraft landed safely on Bermuda's runway 12 about 40 minutes later, emergency services checked the aircraft after landing before the aircraft proceeded to the apron. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/JBU787/history/20140901/1315Z/KJFK/TNCM

Incident: Jetblue A320 over Atlantic on Sep 1st 2014, smoke in cockpit

September 1st, 2014

By: Simon Hradecky

A Jetblue Airbus A320-200, registration N662JB performing flight B6-787 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Sint Maarten (Sint Maarten) with 139 people on board, was enroute at FL330 about 230nm northwest of Bermuda (Bermuda) when the crew declared emergency reporting smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Bermuda. Enroute to Bermuda the crew reported they had the smoke pretty much under control the fumes however still persisted. The aircraft landed safely on Bermuda's runway 12 about 40 minutes later, emergency services checked the aircraft after landing before the aircraft proceeded to the apron. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/JBU787/history/20140901/1315Z/KJFK/TNCM

Incident: British Airways forced to make emergency landing at Heathrow after smoke reported in cockpit on flight to Canada

August 13th, 2014

By: By CAROL DRIVER

A British Airways plane from London to Canada was forced to abort its flight after smoke was discovered in the cockpit. The captain of the airline's Boeing 767, which departed Heathrow Airport on Tuesday, requested a priority landing following the emergency. Cabin crew on board Flight 103 reported seeing smoke in the cockpit of the Calgary-bound plane, which departed London at 5.35pm.
They acted 'decisively' in the face of a sudden emergency, according to a British Airways spokesman. Reports claim the priority landing was requested as the plane was flying over Liverpool. Spokesman Michele Kropt, who did not confirm how many passengers were on board the flight, said: 'The flight crew reported seeing smoke in the cockpit. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-2723660/British-Airways-forced-make-emergency-landing-Heathrow-smoke-reported-cockpit-en-route-Canada.html#ixzz3ALPjLUKn Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Incident: Smoke in Boeing 737 led to emergency landing at Victoria airport

August 10th, 2014

By: Sandra McCulloch / Times Colonist

An emergency landing of a privately owned Boeing 737 last week is being blamed on smoke and fumes in the cockpit. The aircraft, which is based in Victoria and owned by Pacific Sky Aviation, had taken off from Victoria International Airport on Wednesday evening and was headed to Peace River, Alta., when it was forced to turn around near Nanaimo. The pilot reported fumes in the cockpit and returned to Victoria, declaring an emergency. The aircraft landed without mishap and the 10 people on board were not harmed. Directors for Pacific Sky Aviation include David Curtis, CEO and president of Viking Air Ltd., manufacturer of de Havilland aircraft. The incident was followed on Thursday by a bird strike on a WestJet 737 as it landed in Victoria. There was no damage to the aircraft but a dead sparrow was found on the runway. The cause of the emergency was published online through the Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Report System (CADORS). - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/smoke-in-boeing-737-led-to-emergency-landing-at-victoria-airport-1.1305682#sthash.nTohlRtB.dpuf

Incident: Plane lands in Darke County after smoke fills cockpit

August 9th, 2014

By: By Kelley King | wdtn.com

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

Incident: Smoke In The Cockpit, 335 Terrified Passengers ‘Praying’: Mystery Of United Airlines Plane Forced To Make Emergency Landing On Remote Midway Island

July 12th, 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....

Incident: Delta MD88 near Knoxville on Jul 9th 2014, smoke in cockpit

July 9th, 2014

By http://www.aeroinside.com/item/4334/delta-md88-near-knoxville-on-jul-9th-2014-smoke-in-cockpit

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

Incident: British Airways B744 over Atlantic on Jun 28th 2014, smoke and fumes

June 28th, 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.

Incident: Austrian B763 near Toronto on Jun 18th 2014, white smoke in cockpit

June 18th, 2014

By http://www.aeroinside.com/item/4276/austrian-b763-near-toronto-on-jun-18th-2014-white-smoke-in-cockpit

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.

Incident: JetBlue plane with smoke in cockpit making emergency landing in Minot, ND

June 18th, 2014

By Jacqueline Tempera: jacqueline.tempera@globe.com

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

Incident: Pilot lands in unusual spot as cockpit fills with smoke

June 4th, 2014

By KCCI.com
Read more: http://www.kcci.com/news/pilot-lands-small-plane-lands-in-cornfield/26322714#!Wxrrf

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.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit Forces AA Flight to Make Emergency Landing

April 25th, 2014

By George Hatcher
Read more: http://www.airflightdisaster.com/index.php/smoke-in-the-cockpit-forces-envoy-air-operated-aa-flight-to-make-emergency-landing/

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.

Incident: The flight from hell: Four-day return home from Caribbean

April 15th, 2014

Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/holidays/article-2604131/Passengers-nightmares-Monarch-technical-faults-flight-Tobago.html#ixzz2zgux41lM

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 Read more: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/holidays/article-2604131/Passengers-nightmares-Monarch-technical-faults-flight-Tobago.html#ixzz2zgvdieju

Incident: JetBlue plane forced to return to Jamaica after crew smells smoke in the cockpit

April 1st, 2014

By http://www.10news.com/

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.... Read More at http://www.10news.com/news/jetblue-plane-forced-to-return-to-jamaica-after-crew-smells-smoke-in-the-cockpit-040114

Incident: Brisbane bound aircraft lands safely after fire report

March 24th, 2014

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. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-incidents/brisbane-bound-aircraft-lands-safely-after-fire-report-20140324-35e1s.html#ixzz2xEjNPeMp

Incident: Cockpit Fire May Have Brought Down MH370

March 19th, 2014

By Sam Downing, ninemsn

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

Incident: Warning Light Prompts Plane to Return to Yeager Airport, smoke in cockpit

February 17th, 2014

By http://www.wsaz.com/

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.

Incident: United flight makes emergency landing at Newark airport, smoke smell reported in cockpit

February 1st, 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.

Incident: Smoke Found in Plane at Philly International; smoke in cockpit

February 1st, 2014

By http://www.csnphilly.com/article/smoke-found-plane-philly-international

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.”

Incident: United Express flight diverts to Delaware; smoke in cockpit

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.

Incident: Southwest flight lands in PBIA after reporting smoke in cockpit

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.

Incident: Japan Air grounds Boeing 787 after battery problem causes smoke

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)

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Incident: Plane makes emergency landing after cockpit fills with smoke

January 3, 2014

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

A flight from Winnipeg to Minneapolis had to make an emergency landing at the Winnipeg airport because of smoke that started filling the cockpit shortly after takeoff. Skywest flight 4476, operating as a Delta connection, left Winnipeg with 45 passengers on board at 1:01 p.m. It landed again at 1:21 p.m. No injuries have been reported and the plane landed safely, said Hazel Sainsbury, a spokesperson for the Winnipeg Airport Authority. Read more: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/plane-makes-emergency-landing-after-cockpit-fills-with-smoke-1.1617020#ixzz2pbJzBcRJ Mechanics determined the smoke was caused by de-iceing fluid that had gotten into the aft equipment bay, Sainsbury said. Passengers were taken to the US passenger lounge. Skywest flight 4476 was cancelled and all passengers were accommodated on other flights, Sainsbury said. Joyce Douglas was on the flight. She said the incident gave her quite a fright. "Everyone was very calm and then we flew back and it was about 25 minutes, and as we landed, that's when we saw all the fire trucks, and that's when we relzaed something kinda scary was happening," she told CTV via phone from the passneger lounge. Douglas missed her connecting flights as a result of the incident. Read more: http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/plane-makes-emergency-landing-after-cockpit-fills-with-smoke-1.1617020#ixzz2pbJtimK7

Incident: Silver Airways plane lands at RSW after smoke fills cockpit

January 2, 2014

By http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida/2014-01-02/Silver-Airways-plane-lands-at-RSW-after-smoke-fills-cockpit#.UspXwPRDtro, January 2nd, 2014

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.

Incident: Air Canada Plane Lands Safely After Concerns of Smoke in Cabin

December 4, 2013

By BY OTTAWA CITIZEN, December 4th, 2013

OTTAWA — An Air Canada plane landed safely at the Ottawa airport after a report of smoke in the cabin Wednesday afternoon. Air Canada flight 450 from Toronto to Ottawa was en route to its final destination when cabin crew smelled what they thought was smoke. As a precaution, the pilot asked that fire trucks be standing by when the plane landed, said Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick. The landing was normal..... Read Full Article

Incident: Pilot Reports Smoke in Cockpit as Plane Lands at Ford Airport

November 27, 2013

By Angie Jackson | ajackso3@mlive.com , November 27th, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Delta plane that arrived in Grand Rapids was quickly evacuated after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. Flight 752 from St. Paul, Minn., had touched down at Gerald R. Ford International Airport just before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, when the pilot alerted the airport's communication center of the smoke, said spokesperson Tara Hernandez. The airport's fire personnel responded and all 151 passengers evacuated the plane within 10 minutes, Hernandez said. No injuries were reported. The alert was cancelled after about 15 minutes. Officials are trying to determine the cause of the smoke. Angie Jackson covers public safety and breaking news for MLive/The Grand Rapids Press. Email her at ajackso3@mlive.com, and follow her on Twitter.

Incident: Jet Crew Reports Smoke in Cockpit, Lands Safely

November 26, 2013

By Jack Encarnacao | http://bostonherald.com/ , November 26th, 2013

Inspectors are checking a JetBlue plane that has landed at Logan Airport after the crew reported technical issues and the smell of smoke in the cockpit, the airline said. JetBlue Flight 570 from Fort Lauderdale landed safely at 3:18 p.m., according to JetBlue spokeswoman Sharon Jones. The flight is carrying 130 passengers and five crew members, and departed Florida at 12:34 p.m. "Out of an abundance of caution emergency vehicles met the aircraft upon landing," Jones said in a statement. "The aircraft landed safely at 3:18pm and taxied to the gate under its own power. The aircraft is currently being inspected." Massport spokesman Matthew Brelis confirmed the plane landed safely, and referred further questions to JetBlue.

Incident: United Flight Reports Smoke in Cockpit, Lands Safely in Des Moines

November 20, 2013

By http://www.kcci.com/news/central-iowa/united-flight-reports-smoke-in-cockpit-lands-safely-in-des-moines/-/9357080/23061880/-/e98ps4z/-/index.html#ixzz2lGJ8P85K, November 20th, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa —Emergency crews rushed to the Des Moines International Airport Tuesday night after United flight 4543 reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight originated from Newark Liberty International Airport. Pilots were able to land safely and no one was injured, authorities said. Airport officials tell KCCI they're not sure what caused the smoke.

Incident: Smoke in Cockpit Forces Delta Flight Emergency Landing in New York

November 13, 2013

By www.11alive.com/news/article/312779/40/Smoke-in-cockpit-forces-Delta-flight-emergency-landing-in-New-York, November 13th, 2013

NEW YORK (WNBC) -- A Delta flight headed to Minneapolis from John F. Kennedy International Airport had to circle back and return to the Queens runway after a report of smoke in the cockpit, according to federal authorities. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, Jim Peters, said flight 2921 landed safely shortly before 9 a.m., about an hour after it departed. It wasn't clear how many people were on board. The passengers were taken off the plane on the runway and transported back to the terminal. No injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.

Incident: Emergency Landing at Shannon for New York Flight, Smoke in the Cockpit

November 9, 2013

By http://www.breakingnews.ie, November 9th, 2013

A British Airways flight from London to New York has made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport, after smoke was detected in the cockpit. British Airways flight 177 was about 100 kilometres southwest of Cork when the crew declared an emergency. The Boeing 777 jet, with 220 passengers and crew on board, diverted to Shannon where it landed safely at 2.35pm. Airport emergency services were standing by to meet flight and were backed up by local authority fire units from Shannon and Ennis as well as HSE ambulances. No one was injured in the incident.

Cockpit Smoke Reported at Least 650 Times Since 2000

October 30, 2013

By Gary Stoller Gary Stoller@garystollerUSA TODAY, USA TODAY, October 30th, 2013

Smoke in a plane's cockpit from electrical or other failures is reported an average of four times each month, a USA TODAY analysis finds. Smoke is an immediate safety concern anywhere in an aircraft and an even greater concern in the cockpit where it could cripple vital systems or obscure navigational instruments. USA TODAY's analysis, which included data from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, shows more than 650 reports of smoke in jet-plane cockpits since Jan. 1, 2000. Most involve airline jets; some were corporate jets. The 650 reports may seem small compared to more than 800,000 flights flown monthly by U.S. airlines. The number of incidents, though, is underreported to the FAA, according to past studies of smoke in aircraft, and a 2004 FAA advisory warns that a small in-flight fire can lead to catastrophe. In-flight fires left unattended "may lead to catastrophic failure and have resulted in the complete loss of airplanes," the FAA warned. A flight crew "may have as few as 15-20 minutes to get an aircraft on the ground if the crew allows a hidden fire to progress without intervention." In the 650 reports, there were at least 242 unscheduled or emergency landings, nine emergency descents below 10,000 feet and 16 aborted takeoffs. USA TODAY's findings show that a system to remove cockpit smoke — which the FAA doesn't require — should be required, says former NTSB chairman Jim Hall. The need for such systems has "always been a no-brainer," Hall says. "The nearest fire exit doesn't work well at 30,000 feet." While USA TODAY found hundreds of smoke-in-cockpit incidents, including some involving heavy or dense smoke, the FAA says in a written statement it is aware of no events during the past 10 years of "dense, continuous smoke" in the cockpit. The agency says its data and NTSB data show "there is no safety benefit" to require airlines to install systems to remove cockpit smoke. A June report by the Government Accountability Office said the FAA receives "several" reports annually of smoke in cockpits, but the FAA and NTSB did not identify any accident or incidents from 2002 through 2012 that involved "dense, continuous smoke." The report added, however, that the FAA and NTSB have no definition of "dense, continuous smoke," and neither agency tracks such incidents. The GAO report did not mention hundreds of smoke-in-the-cockpit incidents found by USA TODAY in the FAA's service-difficulty report database. It also didn't mention that, in 2006, Jim Ballough, the FAA's director of flight standards that year, said "numerous events" of smoke or fumes in the cockpit are "not being reported," or, in a 2000 study for the Society of Automotive Engineers, now SAE International, airline pilot Jim Shaw said the FAA database "has many limitations" and under-reports "significant events." The GAO report did not mention that pilots reported cockpit smoke before all 110 aboard were killed in a May 1996 crash of a ValuJet DC-9 in the Everglades in 1996 and before all 229 aboard were killed in aSeptember 1998 crash of a Swissair MD-11 into water near Halifax, Canada. The report also did not mention two UPS cargo plane accidents in 2006 and 2010. In the 2006 accident in Philadelphia, cockpit smoke "became so thick that the two pilots could not see each other before evacuating the airplane."

Incident: Pilot Reports Cockpit Smoke, Lands Safely in Pa.

November 1, 2013

By Associated Press http://www.appeal-democrat.com/news/regional_news.html, November 1st, 2013

A US Airways flight made an emergency landing in northeastern Pennsylvania after the pilot reported a minor amount of smoke in the cockpit. Airline spokesman Andrew Christie Jr. says the plane landed without incident Friday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. All 15 people aboard made it off safely and no injuries were reported. The plane left Philadelphia on Friday morning and was bound for Albany, N.Y. Piedmont Airlines operated it. The 12 passengers were driven the rest of the way to Albany, about 185 miles. Christie says the aircraft is being inspected.

Incident: Carol Vorderman Makes Emergency Landing While Flying Plane Solo After Smelling Smoke

October 25, 2013

By The Huffington Post UK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/, October 25th, 2013

Carol Vorderman was forced to make an emergency landing during a solo flight after smelling smoke in the cockpit at 1,200 ft. The 'Loose Women' star, who is training to get her Private Pilot Licence, smelt burning just moments after take-off from Gloucestershire Airfield in Staverton, Cheltenham yesterday. Carol Vorderman was forced to make an emergency landing during a solo flight after smelling smoke in the cockpit at 1,200 ft. The 'Loose Women' star, who is training to get her Private Pilot Licence, smelt burning just moments after take-off from Gloucestershire Airfield in Staverton, Cheltenham yesterday. The 52-year-old managed to land the Piper PA-28 plane safely after air traffic control cleared the runway and had fire engines on standby at the scene. Carol added: “I was really well prepared thanks to expert training from my instructor Debra Ford. They are investigating what happened, but it looks like a slight oil leak.” Earlier this year, the former 'Countdown' star - who is just five sessions away from getting her Private Licence - announced her plans to fly the 29,000 miles around the world solo in 2014. She will cover Amelia Earhart’s 1930s route next year. She was the first woman to fly the Atlantic solo, but died at 37 when her plane vanished over the Pacific. Carol’s former Red Arrows squadron leader boyfriend Graham “Duffy” Duff will be flying Carol’s support plane.

Incident: Spirit Flight Returns To Ft. Lauderdale Due To Smell Of Smoke In Cockpit

September 20, 2013

By CBS Miami http://miami.cbslocal.com/, September 20th, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Passengers on a Spirit Airlines flight bound for Las Vegas Friday morning got a scare when the plane had to return to Fort Lauderdale International Airport. There was a smell of smoke coming from the cockpit and the Spirit pilots decided to return to the airport. “Everything seemed fine, we were about to take off when it started to smell like burned batteries, burned hair dryer, something like that and everybody said, God, it kind of smells like burned batteries, what’s going on?” said Wendi Grossman, a passenger on the flight and reporter for CBS4 news partner WIOD. Moments later, Grossman said they were airborne and that’s when the smoke appeared. “We took off and the cabin immediately filled with smoke and the staff told us to stay calm and came in for what seemed like an abrupt emergency landing,” said Jason Sherman, another passenger on the flight. Passengers on the flight said many people were scared and crying. “We were over the ocean and the next thing, smoke starting filling the cabin and the air bags deployed and the captain came on and said we were going to try to turn around, but the plane was really heavy with gas because it was heading all the way to Vegas.” After circling a bit, the flight landed safely and was able to taxi to the gate under its own power. “Thank God we were able to safely land at the airport. The fire and ems crews were there. Fire fighters got on board as soon as we landed and with extinguishers and everything was ok,” said Grossman. Passengers said they heard it was a broken AC unit that led to the smoke. Spirit officials said another one of its planes went on to take the passengers to Las Vegas later Friday morning.

Incident: Smoke in cockpit causes Allegiant passengers to use emergency slides

September 16, 2013

By ANNALISE PORTER LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, September 16th, 2013

A plane at McCarran International Airport was evacuated Monday afternoon. According to Clark County firefighters, smoke was reported in the cockpit of the plane around 3 p.m. The emergency exit slides were deployed and passengers slid out the sides of the plane. There was no fire found in the plane so far, said firefighters. There were 150 passengers and six crew members on board the Allegiant MD 80 aircraft, said airport spokeswoman Christine Crews. It was unknown so far if the flight was waiting to depart or if it had just landed, said Crews.

Incident: Delta flight from Cancun to Atlanta forced to make emergency landing in Alabama after pilots smell smoke in the cockpit

August 25, 2013

By Ben Popken of NBC News, August 25th 2013

An Atlanta-bound Delta Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Alabama on Sunday after the pilots smelled smoke in the cockpit. The flight, which originated in Cancun, Mexico, was supposed to land in Atlanta about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, but was rerouted to Birmingham Regional Airport about 2 p.m. The plane, Delta flight 534, was carrying 200 people - 184 passengers and six crew members - when it was forced to make the emergency landing. Delta officials told WSFA.com that the pilots began to smell a smokey odor coming from a failed fluorescent lightbulb on the plane. As a precaution, the flight was rerouted to Birmingham. No injuries have been reported.

Incident: JetBlue Plane Makes Emergency Landing At Philadelphia Airport, smoke in cockpit

August 18, 2013

By http://www.myfoxphilly.com/, August 18th 2013

PHILADELPHIA - There were scary moments Sunday for passengers onboard a JetBlue flight out of Boston. The crew saw smoke coming from the cockpit, and the plane made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport. Those passengers were no doubt a bit shaken, but we're happy to report everybody's fine. The flight from Boston was heading to Baltimore-Washington International with 95 passengers and 4 crew members on it before diverted to Philadelphia, landing just before 6 p.m. The passengers of JetBlue Flight 827 wound up on the runway in Philadelphia, evacuating the plane that was forced to land due to the smell of smoke in the cabin. Jet Blue said it was "in an abundance of caution" that the captain elected to divert after crew reported the odor of smoke. One passenger says she smelled the smoke and found it hard not to think the worst in mid-air. "You don't know how it's going to end, so you don't want to psyche yourself out – should I turn on my phone and call my parents?" passenger Laura-Chase McGehee said. That passenger shot a picture inside the airport of passengers trying to get information on another flight to Baltimore and prepared for a long night ahead. Passengers and crew were transported to the terminal building. No injuries were reported. There, passengers were met by an airline representative to be re-accommodated on a later JetBlue flight, PHL spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. FOX 29's Dave Kinchen reported live from the airport Sunday night that at least one passenger was still waiting to fly out of Philadelphia after 10 p.m. According to the airport, operations were not impacted.

Incident: United B752 near Dublin on Aug 14th 2013, smoke in cockpit

August 14, 2013

By Simon Hradecky, August 14, 2013

A United Boeing 757-200, registration N14107 performing flight UA-131 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Washington Dulles,DC (USA) with 147 people on board, was enroute at FL340 about 40nm south of Dublin (Ireland) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and diverted to Dublin for a safe overweight landing on runway 28 about 20 minutes later. The aircraft stopped briefly for a check by emergency services then taxied to the apron on its own power.

Incident: United Express flight 4890 forced to return to Newark for emergency landing on July 25th 2013, smoke in cockpit

July 25, 2013

By News 12 New Jersey http://newjersey.news12.com, created July 25th, 2013

NEWARK - A passenger plane was forced to make a U-turn after taking off from Newark International Airport because of smoke reported in the cockpit. United Express flight 4890 eventually made it to Pittsburgh, but it made an emergency landing at around 11:15 a.m. Thursday. The plane stopped on the runway, and 27 passengers were evacuated. No one was injured. Port Authority spokesperson Steve Coleman says passengers were brought to a conference room and then later taken to a different plane. No smoke was visible when the plane was brought to the gate, but passengers reported seeing smoke in the cabin. The agency does not know if there was a mechanical problem. The FAA identified the plane as a de Havilland DH-8, which is a turboprop plane. The flight left Newark for the second time just before 1 p.m. The emergency landing was the third aviation incident of varying degrees in as many weeks. The NTSB says a Southwest Airlines jet that crash landed at LaGuardia on Monday with its nose gear hitting the runway first. On July 6, an Asiana airlines jet crashed in San Francisco, killing three.

Final Incident Report: Boeing 747-44AF, N571UP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 03 September 2010

July 24, 2013

By Independant Pilots Association, last updated Wednesday, July 24th 2013

The following is the link to the just released final report on UPS Flight 6 from the General Civil Aviation Authority (United Arab Emirates):

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UPS PILOTS: FATAL CRASH REPORT SPURS INNOVATION
UPS, Pilots Cooperate in Developing New Air Cargo Fire Safety Technology Following 2010 Crash; Union President Calls for Quick Adoption
Louisville, KY, July 24, 2013 – The General Civil Aviation Authority (United Arab Emirates) today released its final report concerning the fatal crash of a United Parcel Service (UPS) B747-400 in Dubai on September 3, 2010. The report details facts concerning the accident, and makes recommendations addressing air cargo fire safety.
“Nearly three years following this tragic accident, UPS pilots welcome the release of this final report,” said Independent Pilots Association (IPA) President Robert Travis. “Some of the GCAA’s recommendations are already being addressed by a joint company and pilot union group, the IPA/UPS Safety Task Force, created shortly after the accident,” he stated.
Travis said the union has worked with UPS to design, build, test and demonstrate for the FAA and NTSB an active fire suppression system capable of suppressing and containing a fire for up to four (4) hours. The technologies incorporated in that container, known as the Unit Load Device, consist of improved materials and a potassium based aerosol suppressant.
“We encourage the FAA and UPS to move quickly and deliberately in approving and fully implementing this new technology,” added Travis.
Prior to the release of the GCAA’s final report, the UPS/IPA Safety Task Force recommended other safety measures that are being implemented by UPS including EVAS (Emergency Vision Assurance System), and quick donning full-face oxygen masks for all UPS aircraft. Both provide significant improvements on the flight deck during an onboard smoke, fire or fume event.
“We tragically lost two of our best pilots in the Dubai crash. As UPS pilots, we are determined to do everything in our power to minimize the risk associated with on-board smoke and fire events,” said Travis. “This includes proper regulations governing the carriage of hazardous materials including lithium batteries.”

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Incident: American B752 near Denver on Jun 21st 2013, smell of smoke in cockpit

June 21, 2013

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Jun 21st 2013, last updated Friday, Jun 21st 2013

An American Airlines Boeing 757-200, registration N606AA performing flight AA-1070 (scheduled dep Jun 20th, actual dep Jun 21st) from Seattle,WA to Miami,FL (USA) with 183 passengers and 6 crew, was enroute at FL350 about 160nm eastnortheast of Denver,CO (USA) when the crew reported the smell of smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Denver. The crew advised on approach that the smoke was dissipating. The aircraft landed safely on runway 35R about 30 minutes later. Attending emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke. The airline reported maintenance did not find anything out of the ordinary, the aircraft was returned to service. The incident aircraft continued the flight and reached Miami with a delay of 6.5 hours.

Incident: Delta B763 near Denver on Jun 19th 2013, smoke in cockpit

June 18, 2013

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jun 19th 2013 21:20Z, last updated Wednesday, Jun 19th 2013 21:20Z

A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N1602 performing flight DL-1162 (dep Jun 18th) from Los Angeles,CA to New York JFK,NY (USA), was enroute at FL370 about 150nm east of Denver,CO (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit, turned around and diverted to Denver for a safe landing on runway 16R about 30 minutes later. The crew taxied the aircraft to the gate with emergency services in trail. The incident aircraft was able to continue the flight after 10.5 hours on the ground and reached New York with a delay of 12 hours.

Incident: George W. Bush forced to makes emergency landing after reports of smoke in the cockpit

June 16, 2013

By Metro.uk.co - last updated June 16, 2013

A private jet carrying former US president George W. Bush was diverted to Louisville on Saturday night after the pilot reported smelling smoke in the cockpit. The Gulfstream IV aircraft was travelling from Philadelphia International to Dallas Love Field airport when it made an unscheduled landing, said Holly Baker, spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration. She said the plane landed safely in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr Bush, 66, was later cleared to continue his journey and arrived home in Dallas, Texas, in the early hours of Sunday. Playing down the mid-air incident Mr Bush’s spokesman, Freddy Ford, said: ‘President Bush’s flight was briefly diverted to Louisville late this evening, but he is already safely home in Dallas.’ The statement did not address reports that the pilot diverted the aircraft because of smoke. After years of keeping a low profile since leaving the White House in 2009 Mr Bush stepped back into the spotlight last week to attend the dedication of his presidential library in Dallas. The £160million facility houses a library, a museum and the George W. Bush Institute — a public policy centre he and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, 66, launched four years ago. It is the 13th presidential library of its kind administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

Incident: UA flight 468 makes emergency landing after reports of smoke in the cockpit

June 12, 2013

By MyFoxPhoenix.com - last updated June 12, 2013

A United Airlines flight from Houston to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor Wednesday after smoke was reported in the cockpit. United Airlines flight 468 landed without incident about 2:50 p.m. Firefighters, police, and airline personnel were standing by. The flight was scheduled to arrive at LAX at 3 p.m. Passengers will be put another another flight that leaves Phoenix for LAX at 5:30 p.m., for expected arrival at 6:44 p.m. This information may change, so as always, check flight status with the airline. The cause of the smoke is not known.

Incident: Plane returns to airport after reports of smoke in the cockpit

May 28, 2013

By Eric Kurhi - ekurhi@mercurynews.com, last updated May 29, 2013

SAN JOSE -- A US Airways flight bound for Phoenix had to turn back and land shortly after leaving Mineta San Jose airport Tuesday afternoon after crew members saw smoke in the cockpit, according to airport and company officials. Flight 517, an Airbus 319, was scheduled to leave at 4:05 p.m. but returned about a half-hour later due to reports of smoke in the cabin, said US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau. Landau didn't have further information about how much smoke there was or its source. She said the plane landed and 90 passengers disembarked without incident. "With an abundance of caution, we are taking a look at the aircraft," she said. "I don't know if it will go back into service tonight." Landau said Tuesday evening that the airline is working with passengers to get them to their destinations.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of American Eagle flight 2908

May 17, 2013

By Sprinfield News Staff, last updated May 17, 2013

An American Eagle flight carrying passengers from Dallas to Springfield Friday evening landed safely after pilots reported smoke in the cockpit. According to Kent Boyd, public information officer for Springfield-Branson National Airport, the pilot of flight 2908 contacted the Springfield tower about 7:15 p.m. to report the smoke. The plane landed a little after 7:30 p.m., and passengers were unloaded. Airport firefighters went through the plane and found no problems, Boyd said. The pilot and co-pilot had said it was an electrical smoke smell, Boyd said. There were no injuries or smoke inhalation reported, and all passengers refused treatment at the scene, Boyd said.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of an American Airlines flight from Albuquerque

May 15, 2013

By UPI.com, last updated May 15, 2013

AMARILLO, Texas, May 15 (UPI) -- Smoke in the cockpit forced an American Airlines flight from Albuquerque to make an emergency landing at the Amarillo, Texas, airport, an airport official said. Patrick Rhodes, aviation director for the Amarillo airport, said the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit of the Boeing MD-80, and alarms and warnings were triggered in the Tuesday incident, the Amarillo Globe News reported. American Airlines Flight 1099, carrying 117 passengers, was en route to Dallas when the smoke was reported. The plane landed without incident and all 117 passengers disembarked, Rhodes said. Rhodes said he did not know what caused the smoke aboard the Boeing MD-82. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the incident was under investigation.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of a Aurora aircraft, crews noticed problem during pre-flight checks

May 14, 2013

By CBC News, last updated May 14, 2013

For the second time in a week there was an incident aboard one of the military's Aurora aircraft at the Greenwood base in Nova Scotia Crews were preparing to take off around 10 a.m. on Tuesday when they noticed smoke in the cockpit. "Presently it's under flight safety investigation," said Sgt. Pete Nicholson. The aircraft was immediately shut down, and the 19 people on board went to a newly opened medical centre at the base. No one was hurt. The military is investigating. An engine fluid leak forced an emergency landing at CFB Greenwood on Thursday. It's still being investigated and the aircraft has been grounded. A military spokesman said they are not looking at grounding the rest of the squadron. The Auroras have been in service since the early 1980's. Canada's fleet of 18 Auroras is split between coasts with 14 based at Greenwood and four in Comox, B.C.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of a Germanwings A319 at London

May 12, 2013

By Simon Hradecky, last updated May 13, 2013

A Germanwings Airbus A319-100, registration D-AKNV performing flight 4U-2465 from London Heathrow,EN (UK) to Stuttgart (Germany) with 141 people on board, was climbing out of Heathrow's runway 27R when the crew stopped the climb at about 4000 feet reporting smoke in cockpit and returned to Heathrow's runway 27L about 7 minutes after departure. Emergency services found no trace of fire or heat. The passengers disembarked normally via stairs.
The airline confirmed fumes on board, the aircraft is currently being inspected.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of British Airways B763 near Amsterdam, burning odour and smoke

May 08, 2013

By Simon Hradecky, last updated May 08, 2013

A British Airways Boeing 767-300, registration G-BNWI performing flight BA-234 from Moscow Domodedovo (Russia) to London Heathrow,EN (UK) with 63 passengers and 9 crew, was enroute at FL400 about 115nm east of Amsterdam (Netherlands) when the crew reported a burning odour in the cockpit and decided to divert to Amsterdam subsequently advising there was visible smoke. Further into the approach the crew reported that the smoke was no longer visible, they suspected an electrical problem. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Amsterdam's runway 36R about 32 minutes after leaving FL400. The aircraft taxied to the gate after a quick check by emergency services, that did not find any trace of fire or heat. All 63 passengers were rebooked onto flight BA-433 flown by an Airbus A319-100 and reached London with a delay of 1.5 hours. A maintenance team is being flown in from London to further examine the aircraft. The Dutch Onderzoeksraad (DSB) opened an investigation reporting there was odour and smoke in the cockpit, the aircraft also encountered problems with autothrottle.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of a private jet causes Chris Brown to make an emergency landing

May 06, 2013

By TMZ.com, last updated May 07, 2013

A private jet carrying Chris Brown was forced to make an emergency landing in Burbank yesterday after the cockpit filled with smoke after takeoff ... TMZ has learned. We've confirmed ... Brown boarded a Gulfstream 3 jet in Burbank and was headed for Teterboro, NJ ... so he could attend the Met Gala event. But sources told TMZ ... roughly 7 to 8 minutes into the flight, everyone on board began to notice smoke filling the plane. One source told us, "It was A LOT of smoke ... everywhere." The pilot immediately turned the plane around and performed an emergency landing back at Burbank airport. We're told the passengers were scared ... but the pilot was cool, calm and collected ... and couldn't have handled the situation better. Here's the crazy part -- after the plane touched down, Brown decided he STILL wanted to get to the Met Gala event in NY ... and boarded ANOTHER private jet within an hour of touching down. Brown eventually made it to Teterboro ... but he didn't make the Met Gala event. However, he DID make it to an after-party.

Incident: Smoke in cockpit of Guard plane lands safely at Mitchell International Airport

April 19, 2013

By Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel April 19, 2013 10:00 a.m

A Wisconsin 128th Air National Guard plane landed safely about 9:30 a.m. Friday at Mitchell International Airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit. "It's not an uncommon occurrence, but we take it seriously," Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Rohloff said Friday morning. Rohloff said he believed aircraft was carrying out a normal refueling mission. The plane was taxiing onto a ramp where maintenance workers will inspect it. "If there was a serious problem, they would have disembarked immediately," he said. The smoke is usually found to be caused by electrical components. The aircrafts were built in the 1950s, and Rohloff compared the situation to having old electrical breakers in a house. Rohloff was not sure how many crew members were on board the aircraft, but said a typical crew consists of three people.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of PSA CRJ2 near Philadelphia causes evacuation

April 17, 2013

By Simon Hradecky, http://avherald.com; last updated April 17, 2013

A PSA Airlines Canadair CRJ-200 on behalf of US Airways, registration N218PS performing flight US-2357 from Albany,NY to Washington National,DC (USA), was enroute at FL280 about 75nm northeast of Philadelphia,PA (USA) when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Philadelphia. The airport prepared for a major alert and for the closure of all runways as result of the alert status. On final approach the crew, audibly on oxygen masks, advised they had an aft lavatory fire indication, there was smoke in the cabin, there was no smoke in the cockpit, they were planning to evacuate after landing. The aircraft landed safely on Philadelphia's runway 27L about 20 minutes later and stopped on the runway and was evacuated, all runways were closed for about 30 minutes until emergency services started to return runways one by one back to tower. While all runways were still closed another flight declared fuel emergency and proceeded to land while the airport was still closed, about 2 minutes later emergency services returned runway 27R to tower permitting the fuel emergency to land on that runway.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of Korean Air jet causes emergency landing in Japan

April 15, 2013

By Bangkokpost.com, last updated April 15, 2013

A Korean Air flight from Seoul bound for Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing at Tokyo's Narita airport on Sunday after smoke filled the cockpit, Japanese media reported. The captain contacted Japanese airport authorities to report smoke in the cockpit when the aircraft was about 175 kilometres (110 miles) northeast of Narita, NHK television said. Images showed fire engines rushing to meet the Boeing 777 as it touched down. All 288 passengers and members of the crew disembarked and boarded a bus, according to NHK, which added that no injuries were reported. The plane reportedly landed at around 10:05 pm (1305 GMT). "The crew told us there was a technical problem, they removed our meal trays and we made an emergency landing," one passenger told NHK. The flight was cancelled and the passengers will spend the night in Japan. The circumstances were being investigated but according to preliminary information a burning smell was noticed near a refrigerator on the aircraft, NHK said.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of Delta Flight 143

April 08, 2013

By Ben Grove bringmethenews.com , last updated April 08, 2013

A pilot on Delta Flight 143 from Detroit to Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon reported smoke in the cockpit during the flight, the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed to BringMeTheNews on Monday. The FAA is investigating, spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory said. "We're still determining what happened," she said. The MD-88 touched down without further incident at 4:48 p.m. at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Pilots had notified airport officials that they had smelled fumes during the flight, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told BringMeTheNews on Sunday. As a precaution, fire crews met the plane as it landed safely, he said. Soot was found on one of the plane's engines after landing, and maintenance crews were investigating further, Hogan said. The Delta plane had 148 passengers and six crew members, a Delta spokeswoman said. She offered only this statement about the flight: "While en route, the captain received an indicator warning (light) of a possible problem with one of his engines. The aircraft landed without incident. Maintenance is inspecting the aircraft." The plane seemed to make an odd loop over Wisconsin before landing in Minneapolis about 23 minutes late, according to the live-flight tracking site FlightAware, but more information about that was not immediately available from Delta.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit Causes Flight to Return to CVG

April 05, 2013

By WLWT.com, last updated April 05 2013

A flight had to return to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit. The Embraer 145 took off about 8 a.m. Friday headed for Chicago but quickly turned around. Authorities said a faulty sensor caused the turnaround. There were 23 passengers on board the flight. The Embraer 145 took off about 8 a.m. Friday headed for Chicago but quickly turned around. Authorities said a faulty sensor caused the turnaround.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of Express Jet

Marh 26, 2013 - 09:24

By WGN TV, last updated March 26, 2013

A plane returned to O'Hare Monday night after smoked was detected in the cockpit. The smoke was detected not long after an ExpressJet on its way to Canada took off. The plane turned back to O'Hare and one woman on board was taken to the hospital with shortness of breath. ExpressJet said all 38 passengers deplaned safely and issued the following statement: "ExpressJet flight 5828, operating as United Express from Chicago ORD to Ottawa, Canada, declared an emergency and returned to Chicago shortly after takeoff due to smoke in the cabin and flight deck. All 38 passengers deplaned safely and are in the process of being re-accommodated. We apologize for any inconvenience."

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of Sunwing Airlines Flight in Ottowa

March 22, 2013 - 07:45 PM

By CCTV News, last updated March 22, 2013

A planeload of sun-seekers endured some scary moments Friday morning, when their Sunwing Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Ottawa. Flight 326 had left Ottawa at 6 a.m., and was en route to Varadero when it turned around and headed back. The Ottawa Fire department originally said there had been a fire in the cockpit, but later said a report of smoke had prompted the turnaround, not an actual fire. Passengers who were aboard the plane disembarked at Ottawa International Airport, where they awaited another plane to take them to their vacation destination. Andre Desjardins, a passenger from Rockland, Ont. who was aboard the plane with his wife Monique, said the couple hopes to continue to their destination -- aboard a different plane, of course. "We were up in the air, the smoke started filling the cabin of the plane, the pilot came on and said 'listen we have to make an emergency landing,' so here we are. It was a very short-lived holiday let's put it this way," Desjardins told CTV Ottawa. Monique said no one panicked during the brief but terrifying ordeal. "Some people were yelling 'fire, fire!' but people were really calm and nobody panicked. We were kind of scared but you have to stay calm in that kind of situation," she said. Aline Neal, who was aboard the flight with her husband and their three children, said little information was communicated to passengers. "There were no attendants coming right away to reassure us so it was really scary to have to go through that and my daughters of course were upset and my little one was crying," she said. However, Neal's daughter Rita said she stayed strong for her 10-year-old sister, and tried to think about how she would deal with the situation in the pilot's seat. "I want to be a commercial airline pilot when I get older so I have to learn not to be scared of these things," she said. Airport Authority spokeswoman Krista Kealey confirmed Friday there was no fire on the plane, and there were no injuries. The Ottawa Fire Department said it was called to the airport as a precaution but did not have to take action. With files from The Canadian Press

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of American Eagle Airplane at Miami International Airport

February 26, 2013 - 07:45 PM

By NBC Miami, last updated Tuesday February 26th 2013 12:12 Z

Smoke in the cockpit of an American Eagle airplane headed to Georgia caused the pilot to return to Miami International Airport early Tuesday, an airline official said. The electrical smell in the cockpit began early Tuesday morning after the plane destined to Atlanta took off, AA spokesman Mike Trevino said. Aboard were 42 passengers and three crew members. The pilot decided to return to the airport and landed safely without incident at 7:45 a.m., Trevino said. None of the passengers or crew were reported injured. Passengers were expected to reschedule their flight to Georgia Tuesday morning.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of Boeing 777

February 08, 2013 - 17:39

By News.Scotsman.com, last updated February 08th 2013 17:39

A TRANS-ATLANTIC flight from London to Los Angeles has been forced into an emergency landing in Ireland, after the pilots reported smoke in the cockpit. Flight UA935, a Boeing 777 was flying from Heathrow to Los Angeles International, with 182 passengers on board and 10 crew. It was reported that the flight had turned round and had started to descend rapidly towards Shannon Airport, in the west of Ireland. Text messages sent from passengers confirmed that the pilots had reported smoke in the cockpit and had dumped fuel in the Atlantic Ocean before turning back towards Ireland. No one was hurt in the incident. Shannon is the westernmost major European airport, and has around two emergency diversions of trans-Atlantic flights every month.

Incident: Smoke in the Cockpit of ExpressJet in Chicago

February 05, 2013

By WGNTV, last updated February 05, 2013

A plane returned to O'Hare Monday night after smoked was detected in the cockpit. The smoke was detected not long after an ExpressJet on its way to Canada took off. The plane turned back to O'Hare and one woman on board was taken to the hospital with shortness of breath. ExpressJet said all 38 passengers deplaned safely and issued the following statement: "ExpressJet flight 5828, operating as United Express from Chicago ORD to Ottawa, Canada, declared an emergency and returned to Chicago shortly after takeoff due to smoke in the cabin and flight deck. All 38 passengers deplaned safely and are in the process of being re-accommodated. We apologize for any inconvenience."

Incident: Smoke in Cockpit of U.S Airways flight in Charlotte

January 31, 2013

By CharlotteObservor.com, last updated January 31, 2013

Smoke in cockpit grounds US Airways plane during take-off A US Airways flight from Charlotte to Aruba was forced to land during take-off Wednesday afternoon after the flight crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The reports of smoke came around 12:30 p.m. as flight 876 was taking off to Aruba, US Airways officials said. The plane landed without incident and taxied to the gate at Charlotte Douglas International Airport on its own power. There were no injuries, but fire trucks and paramedics responded as a precaution, airline officials said. Passengers deboarded the plane and were directed to another aircraft for their trip. US Airways officials said maintenance crews were checking the plane to determine what had caused the smoke.

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Incident: Delta Airlines MD88 near Atlanta, smoke and fire in cockpit

July 17, 2010 3:59 PM

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Jul 18th 2010 09:14Z, last updated Thursday, Dec 22nd 2011 11:22Z

A Delta Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-88, registration N990DL performing flight DL-1188 from Atlanta,GA to Hartford,CT (USA) with 106 passengers and 5 crew, was climbing out of Atlanta when the crew noticed smoke in the cockpit and decided to return to Atlanta. The airplane landed safely 25 minutes after departure, the crew needed to use a fire extinguisher to put a small fire in the cockpit out that occurred after touch down. Delta Airlines said, the fire was related to some electrical equipment. A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration N379DA reached Hartford with a delay of 3.5 hours. The NTSB reported on Dec 2nd 2011, that maintenance found severe heat damage to the right hand wing landing light switch, no other source of heat was detected. The switch was removed and sent to the NTSB for further examination, during disassembly no anomalies with the installation of the switch were detected. Both circuit breakers "right wing landing light" (115VAC supplying the landing light) and "right wing landing light control" (115VAC to extend and retract the landing light) were found popped. The NTSB found the switch severely damaged by fire, a research of possible quality issues in the production between 2004 and 2010 did not find any problems related to this failure mode. The maintenance log showed a broken wire to the right wing landing light had been replaced in Sep 2008, no other discrepancies were discovered. On Dec 22nd 2011 the NTSB released their final report concluding: The cause of the right wing landing light switch fire is undetermined

Incident: US Airways A320 near Ft. Lauderdale, electrical smell in cockpit

January 13, 2012 1:47 PM

By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, Jan 14th 2012 14:57Z, last updated Saturday, Jan 14th 2012 14:57Z

A US Airways Airbus A320-200, registration N107US performing flight US-1559 from Philadelphia,PA to Fort Lauderdale,FL (USA), was on approach to Fort Lauderdale when the crew reported smell of an electrical smoke in the cockpit. The crew continued for a safe landing on Fort Lauderdale's runway 27R and vacated the runway, emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.

Incident: Velvet Sky B733 at Johannesburg, smoke in cockpit

January 15, 2012 3:12 PM

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Jan 18th 2012 22:47Z, last updated Wednesday, Jan 18th 2012 22:47Z

A Velvet Sky Airlines Boeing 737-300, registration ZS-SPU performing flight VZ-310 from Johannesburg to Cape Town (South Africa), was in the initial climb out of Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and returned to Johannesburg for a safe landing about 10 minutes after departure. A replacement McDonnell Douglas MD-82 registration ZS-TOG reached Cape Town with a delay of 4.5 hours.

Incident: Pinnacle CRJ2 at New York, smoke in cockpit

February 8, 2012 3:56 PM

By Simon Hradecky, created Sunday, Jan 22nd 2012 14:43Z, last updated Sunday, Jan 22nd 2012 14:43Z

A Pinnacle Airlines Canadair CRJ-440 on behalf of Delta Airlines, registration N8745B performing flight 9E-4292/DL-4292 from New York JFK,NY to Lewisburg,WV (USA) with 4 passengers and 3 crew on board, was climbing through 3500 feet out of JFK'S runway 04L when one of the pilots donned his oxygen mask and declared emergency reporting they had smoke in the cockpit. The crew was advised by the departure controller to expect runway 04R and was vectored by departure and approach controller to position for an approach to runway 04R. ATC began to struggle to avoid multiple conflicts with aircraft already on final approach, one aircraft had to be taken out of sequence and turned back to re-establish on the localizer, the CRJ-200 needed to be kept high at 4000, then 3000 feet for intercepting the localizer due to potential conflicts. The final approach controller changed the runway to 04L causing the crew to struggle setting the cockpit up, the pilot talking to ATC still on oxygen mask requested the localizer frequency, several vectors increasing the intercept angle were needed until the aircraft was able to intercept the localizer and continued for a safe landing on JFK's runway 04L about 12 minutes after departure. After landing and vacating the runway via taxiway H the crew reported there was no smoke in the cabin and the smoke in the cockpit had dissipated, no further assistance was needed. An aircraft cleared to line up on runway 04L with the emergency aircraft 4.5nm out refused the clearance stating they needed more time. The airline reported the cause of the smoke is under investigation. The rotation was cancelled, the passengers were rebooked onto other flights.

Incident: Skywest CRJ7 near Longview, smoke in cockpit

March 05, 2012 12:01 PM

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 7th 2012 17:12Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 7th 2012 17:12Z

A Skywest Canadair CRJ-700 on behalf of United, flight OO-5169/UA-5169 from Houston,TX (USA) to Toronto,ON (Canada) with 58 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing through FL300 about 100nm north of Houston and 60nm south of Longview,TX when the crew donned their oxygen masks, reported smoke in the cockpit and decided to divert to Longview's Gregg Airport for a safe landing about 17 minutes later. The passengers were bussed back to Houston and re-booked onto other flights. A faulty printer was identified as source of the smoke.

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