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Incident: Smoke inside cockpit forces Air Niugini plane to turn back

May 23rd, 2017

By: news.pngfacts.com

An Air Niugini flight, PX 275, from Kavieng in New Ireland was aborted this morning after it experienced smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft's tyre also burst upon landing back on the tarmac. The plane was about to take off and there were smoke in the cockpit and cabin but the captain took off then had to turn the plane in the midair and come back and land the plane. And upon landing the planes, tyres, making a huge noise in the airport area. According to staff at the airport, this will be the fifth plane grounded in less than two months. Meantime the damaged plane is now sitting idle on the tarmac blocking off traffic to incoming and outgoing aircrafts. Meanwhile all flights into Kavieng airport have been suspended as Air Niugini aircraft PX 275 sits idle on the tarmac after it experienced technical faults. Passengers on the aborted flight have also been left stranded with no advice from Air Niugini. NBC News/ PNG Today Read more: http://news.pngfacts.com/2017/05/smoke-inside-cockpit-forces-air-niugini.html#ixzz4hvnjogTY

Incident: Bhubaneshwar flight returns to Mumbai after 'smoke' in cockpit

May 22nd, 2017

By: www.thepeoplepost.com

Mumbai, May 22 (IANS) An Air India Mumbai-Bhubaneshwar flight was forced to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off due to suspected smoke in the cockpit here on Monday, officials said. The flight AI-669 took off at 2.14 p.m. from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport but barely 15 minutes after it was airborne, it was forced to return, said an official. A full emergency was declared and the aircraft made a safe landing with all passengers and crew on board safe. The emergency was later withdrawn and the aircraft was parked in a remote bay at the CSMIA.

Incident: Qatar Air Dreamliner makes emergency landing after fire

May 21st, 2017

By: http://www.arabiansupplychain.com

A Qatar Airways Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner operating flight QR-841 from Phuket (Thailand) to Doha (Qatar) with 202 people on board, was forced to make an emergency landing Friday, reportedly due to a fire. The plane was 200 nautical miles from Colombo (Sri Lanka) over the Indian Ocean, when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit and were to Colombo. The aircraft landed safely at the Sri Lankan capital’s international airport. Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority reported there had been a fire on board, but Qatar Airways has not confirmed or denied these reports. The aircraft remained on the ground for 8.5 hours, then continued the journey and reached Doha safely. The incident comes just days after Qatar Airways conducted its annual ‘Delta Oryx 2017’ training exercise, an operation that simulates an airliner crash off the coast of the country to test the airline’s ability to respond to such an emergency. ‘Delta Oryx 2017’ involved the coordination of more than 28 government agencies, stakeholders and partners, including Hamad International Airport, Qatar Coastguard, Internal Security Forces, Qatar Navy and the Qatar Emiri Air Force. ‘ It also incorporated the use of a 30-seater mock aircraft, two Qatar Airways aircraft chutes, 170 volunteer passengers, 60 volunteer family members and friends, 39 dummies to display casualties, 40 ambulance response vehicles, three military helicopters, five airport safety and security vehicles and 10 Mowasalat buses.

Incident: UAirline laptop ban increases potential for 'catastrophic' fires, warns UK pilot union

May 16th, 2017

By: Alistair Charlton

Banning laptops and other large electronic devices from the cabins of commercial airplanes increases the potential for "catastrophic fires" mid-flight, the British Airline Pilots' Association has warned. The association, which is known as Balpa and represents UK flight crews, was responding to claims that President Donald Trump's ban on laptops in the cabins of planes entering the US from certain countries could spread to the UK and Europe. Is has been reported that the ban would prevent UK passengers from taking devices larger than a smartphone like the iPhone 7 into the cabin of flights to the US. All other electronics would have to go into the hold with checked-in luggage. Balpa flight safety specialist Steve Landells said in a statement: "Given the risk of fire from these devices when they are damaged or they short circuit, an incident in the cabin would be spotted earlier and this would enable the crew to react quickly before any fire becomes uncontainable. If these devices are kept in the hold, the risk is that if a fire occurs the results can be catastrophic. Indeed, there have been two crashes where lithium batteries have been cited in the accident report." UPS Airlines Flight 6, a Boeing 747-400F carrying cargo between Dubai and Cologne, crashed on 3 September 2010, killing both pilots. An investigation found a fire had started in the hold, which contained more than 80,000 lithium batteries. As a result, the Federal Aviation Administration highlighted the large number of batteries on-board and issued a restriction on the carrying of lithium cells in bulk on passenger flights. South African Airways Flight 295 crashed in November 1987, killing all 140 passengers and 19 crew. The Boeing 747 suffered an in-flight fire in the cargo hold, which an official report suggested could have been started by the lithium batteries of computer equipment being transported by the flight. The current ban, which was introduced by Trump in March, prevents laptops and tablet computers from the cabins of flights to the US from 10 airports in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. The ban is a response to the threat posed by terrorists boarding flights with explosive devices disguised as laptops and tablets. Landells continued: "We don't doubt the security threats that have led to consideration of extending the ban on devices, but we urge authorities to carefully assess the additional fire risk from storing more personal electronic devices in the hold to ensure we're not solving one problem by creating a worse one." Until now, official guidelines issued by the airlines and aviation authorities state devices with lithium batteries should be kept in the cabin, where any fire caused by them short-circuiting can be dealt with quickly, rather than left unnoticed in the hold.

Incident: Smoke in cockpit sends Philadelphia-bound flight back to NY

May 16th, 2017

By: foxnews.com

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. – Smoke in the cockpit forced an American Eagle flight to return to an airport on New York's Long Island. Newsday reports that the flight was carrying 40 passengers to Philadelphia. No injuries were reported. The Federal Aviation Administration says the twin-engine turboprop de Havilland DH8 landed safely at Long Island MacArthur Airport before 7 a.m. Tuesday. It had departed about 40 minutes earlier.

Incident: American Airlines: Light bulb caused smoke in cockpit

May 16th, 2017

By: Newsday.com

A smoke condition in the cockpit that prompted an American Eagle crew to return its flight to Long Island MacArthur Airport Tuesday morning turned out to be caused by a burned-out lightbulb, according to the airline. Flight 4868, a twin-engine turboprop de Havilland DH8 operated by Piedmont Airlines, landed safely at MacArthur at 6:50 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration said. The flight had departed MacArthur at about 6:10 a.m. ADVERTISEMENT | ADVERTISE ON NEWSDAY The flight, carrying three crew members and 40 passengers, returned out of “an abundance of caution,” American Airlines said in a statement. As a formality, the FAA said it would investigate the incident. American issued a statement that read, in part, “it was a burned out light bulb, which caused the smoke in the cockpit. Out of an abundance of caution, the crew decided to return to Islip to have the issue checked by our maintenance team.” The airlines said the issue was fixed — and said the flight had “redeparted” for Philadelphia — by about 9:15 a.m.

Incident: United flight lands safely at PTIA after reporting smoke in cockpit

May 12th, 2017

By: Greensboro.com

GREENSBORO — A United Airlines regional jet landed safely this morning at Piedmont Triad International Airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit. The Embraer 145 jet was carrying 53 passengers. It landed around 8:45 a.m., according to Kevin Baker, PTIA executive director. There were no injuries.

Incident: Pilot 'dealt with' smoke in cockpit

May 12th, 2017

By: Jersey Evening News

A PILOT ‘dealt with’ smoke in his cockpit before making an emergency landing at Guernsey Airport on Thursday, according to officials. The single-engine Cessna 210 was en route from the UK to Jersey when the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit and requested to land in Guernsey. A full emergency was declared, but crews were stood down when it became apparent the pilot had stabilised the situation. Guernsey Airport general manager Colin Le Ray said there was no smoke visible when the plane landed. However, firefighters carried out a check of the aircraft to ensure it was safe. ‘It is unclear whether the pilot extinguished a fire himself or dealt with the smoke but there was no smoke visible when it landed,’ said Mr Le Ray. Read more at http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/05/12/pilot-dealt-with-smoke-in-cockpit/#JEj72vj0UQYCX2ER.99

Incident: Spirit A320 near Kansas City on Apr 30th 2017, unknown odour in cockpit

May 2nd, 2017

By: AviationHerald.com

A Spirit Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration N636NK performing flight NK-551 from Akron-Canton,OH to Las Vegas,NV (USA) with 171 people on board, was enroute at FL360 about 150nm northwest of Kansas City,MO (USA) when the crew detected an unknown odour in the cockpit, donned their oxygen masks and diverted to Kansas City for a safe landing about 35 minutes later. The airline reported an unknown odour prompted the crew to don their oxygen masks in compliance with standard operating procedures and divert to Kansas City, the flight crew also released the passenger oxygen masks. Maintenance identified a faulty fan in the cockpit causing the odour. A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration N607NK reached Las Vegas with a delay of 4:20 hours.

Incident: American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Smoke Fills the Cabin

May 1st, 2017


An American Airlines flight en route to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, from Chicago O’Hare was forced to make an emergency landing at DuPage Airport in Illinois due to smoke in the cockpit and cabin on Monday morning. The flight, operated by the regional SkyWest Airlines, touched down safely at around 9:15am at the West Chicago airport and all 54 passengers on board were safely evacuated, according to ABC Chicago. “SkyWest flight 2936, operating as American Eagle from Chicago O’Hare to Cedar Rapids, Iowa diverted to Dupage, Illinois, after reports of smoke in the cockpit. The flight landed safely and passengers deplaned normally. Mechanics will inspect the aircraft and we are working to help passengers resume their travels as quickly as possible,” a spokesperson for SkyWest, who operated the flight, tells PEOPLE in an email. The representative also confirmed that there were “no injuries reported” and that “the passengers were transported back to O’Hare via bus.” One passenger, Nick Ludwig, has been documenting the ordeal, posting videos on the plane and in the aftermath on Twitter...

Incident: Southwest Boeing 737-700 near Chicago on Apr 19th 2017, smoke signals

April 20th, 2017

By: aeroinside.com

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700, registration N7878A performing flight WN-4639 from Columbus,OH to Chicago Midway,IL (USA), was descending towards Chicago over Indiana when an electronic device in the cabin started to send smoke signals. Cabin crew quickly doused and contained the device, while the flight crew declared emergency subsequently advising emergency services that the electronic device had been contained and continued for a safe landing on Midway Airport's runway 04R. Emergency Services did not need to intervene anymore. A passenger reported an e-cigarette began smoking when the aircraft was over South Bend,IN (USA). The occurrence aircraft was able to depart for the next sector about 75 minutes after landing.

Incident: Smoke in a plane’s cabin

April 25th, 2017

By: www.dailytrust.com.ng

Smoke reportedly engulfed ’Aero Contractors flight NG316 from Port Harcourt International airport to Lagos on April 18, causing panic among the passengers. The smoke engulfed the cabin some 20 minutes after take-off and continued until it touched down in Lagos. The flight had departed Port Harcourt airport at 1608GMT with 52 adults and one infant on board. The plane was a Bombardier Q300 Dash 8. There are different accounts of the incident with some claiming that the smoke came from the baggage compartment. The airline’s Managing Director Captain Ado Sanusi said on Wednesday that the smoke originated in the cargo section of the aircraft and got into the cabin through the air-conditioning system. He said the pilot however conducted the flight well and landed safely, adding that there was no technical problem with the airplane. Capt. Sanusi, who has also reported the incident to aviation authorities, said another round of thorough investigation was ongoing. One of the passengers who noted that officials of the Fire Service Emergency Unit were already waiting on the runway as the plane eventually landed in Lagos, however stated that no apology or explanation was offered to the passengers. Barely 48 hours later, another airliner, Air Peace, grounded two of its planes after they brushed each other while being towed to the ramp of the General Aviation Terminal [GAT] of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos to be in position for departure. Air Peace said the wing of one of the planes, a B737 with registration number 5N-BQR, brushed the wings of another stationary plane with registration number 5N-BQP on the ramp. There were no passengers on either aircraft at the time of the incident. Flying is often said to be the safest form of transport. Globally, data show that flying is about five times safer than it was a quarter century ago, with twice as many airplanes carrying twice as many people but when midair calamity strikes, the results are often catastrophic. Speculation is immediately and unhesitatingly articulated by social media trending, and news of such avoidable air mishap travels fast, moving relatives of passengers quickly from a state of anxiety to one of hysteria. While we may always have the occasional accident and near collisions, the onus is on the authorities to strive even harder to avoid the avoidable ones which are due to poor maintenance, lack of observing the rules or what are lumped together as “pilot error.” For smoking to be billowing into the cabin of a plane in flight is a terrifying experience for passengers and even the crew. We are very happy to note that this particular incident did not end in a catastrophe but Aero Contractor’s management and the aviation authorities still have many questions to answer. Efforts have been made by both Aero Contractors and aviation authorities to downplay this incident, especially since the plane landed safely, but it must not be swept under the carpet. To begin with, this company has been facing financial difficulties for a long time and its management was taken over by Assets Management Company of Nigeria [AMCON] last year as part of debt recovery efforts. This is not an enviable position for an airline to be in and the danger is real that in this transitional phase, maintenance of aircraft and equipment may be sub-optimal. We are not saying this is what happened, only to underscore the need for thorough investigation of the incident and for the public to hear the truth about what happened. Reports of air mishaps and near mishaps tend to take years to come to light. This incident should not be all that difficult to unravel. We want to know what caused smoking in the cabin of a plane in flight and if anyone was guilty of negligent conduct, that person or persons should be sternly punished.

Incident: Passengers panic as plane catches fire

April 20th, 2017

By: in-cyprus.com

Amateur video footage has shown the moments terrified passengers on board a Nigerian plane became engulfed in smoke in mid-flight. The Aero Contractors flight NG316 became overwhelmed in smoke about 20 minutes after take-off, causing panic among the passengers. The situation prompted the deployment of fire engines to the Murtala Mohammed Airport in Lagos to curtail any fire when the plane carrying 52 adults and one infant finally landed. The airline’s Managing Director, Captain Ado Sanusi, told television reporters that the smoke originated from a fire in the cargo section of the aircraft and had seeped into the cabin through the air-conditioning system. Preliminary reports say the plane was at 24,000ft when cabin crew observed that the cabin was misty. This was reported to the captain, who briefed the passengers accordingly, assuring them of a safe landing in Lagos in a couple of minutes. “Expectedly as announced by the pilot, normal descent was initiated into Lagos. While descending however, a passenger went into the lavatory, after which the lavatory smoke detector alarm came on. “The cabin crew again reported this incident to the Captain and by this time the smoke was getting denser in the cabin. “Ready and armed with “Aft Cargo Smoke” indication in the flight deck, the crew carried out the smoke dispersal procedures and contacted air traffic control, requesting for emergency support services and proceeded to Lagos, which is the airport with the full complement of emergency support.

Incident: China Eastern Airbus A-330-300 at Shanghai on Apr 15th 2017, burning odour and haze in cabin

April 16th, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

A China Eastern Airbus A330-300, registration B-6125 performing flight MU-721 from Shanghai Hongqiao to Hong Kong (China), was climbing out of Shanghai when passengers detected a burning odour and developing haze in the cabin prompting the crew to stop the climb at 5500 meters (FL181) and return to Shanghai Hongqiao for a safe landing about 45 minutes after departure. A replacement Airbus A330-300 registration B-6119 reached Hong Kong with a delay of 4.5 hours delay. The airline reported a technical fault prompted the return to Shanghai.

Incident: Cayman Boeing 737-300 near Grand Cayman on Apr 13th 2017, electrical odour in cabin

April 14th, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

A Cayman Airways Boeing 737-300, registration VP-CKZ performing flight KX-793 from New York JFK,NY (USA) to Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands), was nearing Grand Cayman when an electrical odour was noticed in the cabin prompting the crew to declare emergency and accelerate descent and approach to Grand Cayman Airport, where the aircraft landed safely. The airline reported a fluorescent light in a lavatory was identified as source of the odour. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then returned to service.

Incident: Unexpected Flight Landing In A California Airport Saves Its Passengers From Potential Danger

April 12th, 2017

By: www.dailydemocratnews.com

In Modesto, California, an Alaska Airlines flight was bound from Sacramento to San Diego but had to make an involuntary landing on another Californian airport, due to a possible fire in the cargo section of the plane. According to the report, after the Alaska Airlines Flight 3391 takes off from the Sacramento International Airport, the flight was running smooth and also its pilots, who were not aware of anything happening in the back. But, after several miles, the flight’s indicator started blinking, and the pilots were shocked because the indicator was an alarm for a potential fire in the cargo bay of the plane. Because of no disturbance in flying the aircraft, the pilots didn’t panicked and asked the nearest airport to get ready for an emergency land. The air traffic control of the Modest City-County Airport responds and asked about the emergency, which in reply the Flight 3391 pilot told the officials about the fire situation, then they agreed to make the arrangements. The landings were done in a calm way, and no incidents happened when the flight lands, but after landing the Modesto Fire Department came in and checked the cargo bay with their thermal cameras. But, they found no trace of any fire except heat signals, thus the fire department concluded the plane’s fire extinguishing system had been activated, and it should be grounded for thorough checkups. All the 55 passengers were taken in a bus back to Sacramento, as all the arrangements were made by SkyWest, who was operating that particular flight, says a spokesperson.

Incident: ASL France Boeing 737-400 at Marseille on Apr 10th 2017, smoke in cockpit

April 10th, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

An ASL Airlines France Boeing 737-400 freighter, registration F-GZTJ performing freight flight 5O-773 from Marseille to Ajaccio (France), was climbing out of Marseille when the crew reported an odour and smoke in the cockpit. The crew stopped the climb at about FL110 and returned to Marseille for a safe landing about 15 minutes after departure. A replacement Boeing 737-400 registration F-GZTI reached Ajaccio with a delay of about 2.5 hours. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for about 20 hours, then resumed service.

Incident: Arabia Airbus A-320 near Kolkata on Apr 6th 2017, smoke in cockpit

April 7th, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ANT performing flight G9-522 from Chittagong (Bangladesh) to Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) with 164 passengers and 17 crew, was climbing out of Chittagong when the crew stopped the climb at FL300 reporting smoke in the cockpit and diverted to Kolkata (India) for a safe landing about 15 minutes later. The aircraft remained on the ground for about 4 hours, then was able to continue the flight and reached Sharjah with a delay of 4.5 hours. The airline reported all passengers and crew were safe, the aircraft was able to continue after the fault was attended to.

Incident: Hawaiian Airlines flight from Oakland diverted to Maui due to smoke odor

March 27th, 2017

By: KITV.com

HONOLULU - Hawaiian Airlines flight HA47 from Oakland to Honolulu was diverted to Kahului on Monday due to an odor of smoke in the cabin, according to the airline. The captain decided to land in Kahului due to an abundance of caution, according to Hawaiian Airlines. The jet landed in Kahului at 11:29 a.m. The passengers are booked on the next available flight to Honolulu. Hawaiian Airlines say there were 241 passengers and 10 crew members on the plane.

Incident: Smoke in the cockpit but plane lands successfully in Palmerston North

March 16th, 2017

By: KAROLINE TUCKEY / www.stuff.co.nz

Smoke in the cockpit of a plane had emergency services rushing to Palmerston North Airport, but the pilot managed to land successfully. A police spokeswoman said the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit just before 10.15am. Police, ambulance and firefighters responded. They were stood down soon after. A spokeswoman from Airways' Palmerston North Tower said the pilot, in a Massey aviation twin star DA42 aircraft, also initially reported landing gear issues. "The pilot sent a standard emergency call, requesting a local standby of emergency services. Local standby means that all local and town services are advised but remain where they are. "The aircraft was given priority, joined direct to Palmerston North Tower, and landed safely." The emergency call was cancelled at shortly after 10.15am. The aircraft had no visible evidence of any fire, smoke or damage, she said.

Incident: Egypt Cargo A30B at Cairo on Mar 12th 2017, smoke in cockpit

March 12th, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

An Egypt Air Cargo Airbus A300B4, registration SU-GAC performing flight MS-521 from Ostend (Belgium) to Cairo (Egypt), landed on Cairo's runway 23C when the crew reported smoke in the cockpit originating from one of the panels in the cockpit. Emergency services responded and identified a faulty control panel as source of the smoke. The aircraft returned to service the following day after about 17.5 hours on the ground.

Incident: Smoke in Cockpit Diverts Miami-to-Chicago Flight

March 11th, 2017

By: nbc6

An American Airlines plane heading to Chicago from Miami made an emergency landing in Jacksonville after smoke was reported in the cockpit Tuesday afternoon.American Airlines flight 1090 landed at Jac...

Incident: Woman’s headphones explode during flight to Melbourne

March 15th, 2017

By: www.news.com.au

The passenger was listening to music and napping on a recent flight from Beijing to Melbourne when about two hours into the journey the headphones caught fire and an apparent explosion jolted her from her slumber. “As I went to turn around I felt burning on my face,” she said. “I just grabbed my face which caused the headphones to go around my neck. “I continued to feel burning so I grabbed them off and threw them on the floor. They were sparking and had small amounts of fire.” Such a situation could prove highly dangerous while in the air and fortunately members of the flight crew were quick to respond. “As I went to stamp my foot on them the flight attendants were already there with a bucket of water to pour on them. They put them into the bucket at the rear of the plane,” she said. The incident has prompted the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to issue a warning to the public reminding airline passengers about the dangers of battery-powered devices on flights.

Incident: Oman Airbus A-330-300 near Sofia on Mar 4th 2017, smell of smoke

March 4th, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

An Oman Air Airbus A330-300, registration A4O-DI performing flight WY-123 from Muscat (Oman) to Munich (Germany), was enroute at FL380 about 160nm northeast of Sofia (Bulgaria) in Romanian Airspace when the crew decided to divert to Sofia reporting a smell of smoke in the cabin. The aircraft landed safely on Sofia's runway 09 about 35 minutes after leaving FL380. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground in Sofia for about 23 hours, then continued the flight as WY-123D and reached Munich with a delay of 23 hours. The airline reported smell of smoke prompted the flight crew to divert the aircraft to Sofia.

Incident: LATAM Brazil Airbus A-321 at Brasilia on Mar 3rd 2017, cargo smoke indication

March 3rd, 2017

By: www.aeroinside.com

A LATAM Airlines Brasil Airbus A321-200, registration PT-XPB performing flight JJ-3067 from Recife,PE to Brasilia,DF (Brazil), was descending towards Brasilia when the crew received a cargo smoke indication. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Brasilia's runway 11L. Attending emergency services did not find any trace of fire, heat or smoke. The airline reported it was a false alarm. The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Brasilia about 25 hours after landing.

Incident: Avianca Brasil A320 near Sao Paulo on Feb 23rd 2017, cargo smoke indication

February 24th, 2017

By: Simon Hradecky

An Avianca Brasil Airbus A320-200, registration PR-OCN performing flight O6-6304 from Sao Paulo Guarulhos,SP to Recife,PE (Brazil) with 156 passengers and crew, was climbing through FL260 out of Sao Paulo when the crew decided to return to Sao Paulo due to a cargo smoke indication. The aircraft landed safely back about 60 minutes after departure. A replacement A320-200 registration PR-ONX reached Recife with a delay of 3 hours. The airport reported the crew reported smoke in the cockpit. The airline reported the aircraft returned as a precaution. A listener on frequency reported the crew reported a cargo smoke indication and returned to Guarulhos. Other aircraft were instructed to enter holdings advising those aircraft an emergency aircraft on fire approaching Guarulhos. The aircraft landed safely, following inspection by emergency service who did not find any evidence of fire, heat or smoke, the aircraft taxied to the apron.
Read more: http://avherald.com/h?article=4a552873

Incident: Virgin Australia Airlines Forced To Do Emergency Landing After Smoke Covers The Cockpit

February 23rd, 2017

By: Sheobi Anne Ramos

The Virgin Australia Airlines had a close call last Tuesday when Flight VA1188 was forced to make an emergency landing at the Newcastle airport. The flight was supposed to be from Port Macquarie to Sydney, and the emergency landing was due to the smoke detected from the instrument panel in the cockpit. The pilots immediately took action and called for an emergency landing. The plane safely landed at Newcastle airport at 3:06 pm local time. All the passengers and crew members were evacuated safely. Upon landing, fire and rescue crews immediately rushed to the aircraft and contained the situation. Although all passengers were evacuated, three of them were immediately treated by paramedics on site, while two people were taken to the local hospital because of possible smoke inhalation. "All passengers have disembarked the aircraft which was met by emergency crews as a precautionary measure. Virgin Australia will work to get all customers to their destination as soon as possible. Safety is Virgin Australia's number one priority and we have immediately commenced a full investigation into the incident," said a spokesperson from Virgin Australia. This incident happened a day after the Beechcraft charter plane crash in a shopping mall in Melbourne where five people were reportedly killed. The crash happened just a short while after its takeoff from Essendon Airport. Among the people killed were 4 American tourists with the pilot. The chartered plane was supposed to go land at Tasmania Island when it hit a part of the DFO shopping complex. Thankfully, no one inside the building was hurt. In an interview with CNN, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said: "It was a catastrophic plane crash that has taken a number of lives. But certainly, if we look at the circumstances, we've been very lucky today depending on the time of day and who was around."
Read more: http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/40842/20170224/virgin-australia-airlines-forced-emergency-landing-smoke-covers-cockpit.htm

Incident: Flight leaving Boston makes emergency landing for smoky odor

February 10th, 2017

By: wcbv.com

BOSTON — A flight leaving from Boston had to divert back to Logan International Airport due to a possible smoky odor in the cockpit. Advertisement Officials said GoJet Airlines Flight 6266, operating as a Delta connection, was en route to Raleigh-Durham when the odor was detected. "We actually have smoke in the cabin," the pilot said over the radio. "Declaring an emergency and coming back to the airport." The crew was calm as they communicated with the towers in Boston. The aircraft diverted back to Boston and landed safely. “Out of an abundance of caution, the pilot elected to have passengers deplane on the tarmac and taken by bus to the terminal,” a Delta spokesperson said. 76 passengers and 4 crew members were on board the aircraft at the time. The plane was removed from service for inspection.
Read more: http://www.wcvb.com/article/flight-leaving-boston-makes-emergency-landing-for-possible-smoky-odor/8730871

Incident: Engine problems force small plane to land after sending smoke into cockpit

February 9th, 2017

By: 12newsnow.com

BEAUMONT - Engine problems forced the landing of a small plane at the Beaumont Municipal Airport Wednesday. Beaumont firefighters responded after being notified by air traffic controllers that Cessna was landing at the airport with one person on board and smoke in the cockpit. The engine problems are what caused the smoke, however, the plane landed without incident and the pilot walked away unharmed.
Read more: http://www.12newsnow.com/news/local/firefighters-respond-to-municipal-airport-for-emergency-landing-of-plane-with-smoke-in-cockpit/406437534

Incident: Private jet makes emergency landing at Manchester with reports of 'fire in cockpit'

February 9th, 2017


A private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Manchester after performing a dramatic U-turn over the Peak District. The NetJets Europe plane from Dublin to Hamburg had to touch down at Manchester Airport after sending out an emergency signal The jet turned around over the Peak District before circling back towards the north of Greater Manchester towards Liverpool, turning over Warrington. It is understood the Cessna plane lost altitude over the Peak District near Sheffield before sending out an emergency ‘squawk’ shortly before 1pm on Thursday. The plane landed at Manchester Airport before being taken to a private terminal. The plane turned back towards Manchester after reporting the emergency on board Passengers on the runway in another plane reported a ‘fire in the cockpit’ of the jet, but the fire service said there was no smoke in the cabin when the plane touched down. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said the jet landed safely and two pilots on board were quickly evacuated. No-one else was on board at the time. A spokesman for Manchester Airport said an engineer was looking at the plane once it had landed and that there had been ‘no impact on the airport’s operations’.
Read more: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/private-jet-emergency-manchester-airport-12581066


February 1st, 2017


Read more: https://aviationnews.p3air.com/wideroe-airlines-flight-makes-emergency-landing-due-to-smoke-in-cockpit/

Incident: WestJet plane turns back after smoke in cockpit 2nd day in a row

February 3rd, 2017

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

For the second day in a row, a Disney-themed WestJet plane leaving Calgary had to turn back after smoke was reported in the cockpit. Flight 662 to Toronto turned back shortly after takeoff on Friday. "There was an odd smell, and then an alarm went off," said passenger Becky Salmond. "The plane then began to turn around and the crew announced we would be heading back to Calgary. Everyone was very calm," said Salmond. "The airport fire trucks arrived when we landed, and seemed to accompany us back to the terminal." The Boeing 737 landed safely and no injuries have been reported. On Thursday morning, WestJet Flight 1402 to Phoenix — the same plane — had to return to Calgary with the same issue after taking off. It made an emergency landing after burning off fuel. Again, there were no injuries.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-westjet-plane-smoke-cockpit-turn-around-1.3965744

Incident: Smoke in WestJet plane forces emergency return to Calgary

February 2nd, 2017

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

A WestJet flight that was forced to turn around after the crew spotted smoke in the cabin and cockpit has now landed safely at the Calgary airport. WestJet Flight 1402 to Phoenix left the Calgary International Airport at 10:54 a.m. MT. The flight crew declared an emergency after seeing the smoke and turned back to the airport, WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer said in an email to CBC News. The fire department had responded with "multiple apparatus," spokesperson Carol Henke said. The declaration of emergency was precautionary and did not necessarily mean the plane was ever in danger, Palmer said. "The declaration does two things: it establishes priority landing and ensures the availability of emergency vehicles if they're needed," he said.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/smoke-cockpit-emergency-calgary-airport-plane-airplane-1.3963713

Incident: Tiger A320 near Coffs Harbour on Jan 20th 2017, smoke in cockpit and cabin

January 20th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

A Tiger Air Australia Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VNG performing flight TT-612 from Sydney,NS to Coolangatta,QL (Australia), was enroute at FL290 about 90nm southsouthwest of Coffs Harbour,NS (Australia) when the crew reported smoke in cockpit and cabin and decided to divert to Coffs Harbour. The aircraft landed safely on Coffs Harbour's runway 03 about 20 minutes later, vacated the runway and stopped. Emergency services checked the aircraft. The passengers disembarked via stairs. The remainder of the flight and the return flight TT-615 were cancelled. The occurrence aircraft remained on the ground for 8 hours, then positioned back to Sydney but has not yet resumed service about 19 hours after landing. A ground observer reported that fire engines and ambulances were alerted for smoke in cockpit and cabin and were surrounding the aircraft when the passengers disembarked via stairs.
Read more: http://avherald.com/h?article=4a3c3b5a

Incident: Smoke in cockpit forces plane carrying Dallas Stars to land in Cahokia

January 8th, 2016

By: Kelsey Landis

A plane carrying the National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars landed safely at St. Louis Downtown Airport despite having smoke in the cockpit. The Stars 737 airplane took off at 11:52 a.m. to head to Los Angeles for their next game with the Kings, but less than five minutes into the flight had to turn around because of smoke in the cockpit. The team was in St. Louis for a Saturday night game against the Blues. The plane was carrying 50 passengers, the team and its personnel. St. Louis Downtown Airport Fire Department Chief Mike Mavrogeorge said the smoke might have been caused by an electrical issue, but that there was no fire. The fire department shut off electricity to the plane. Maintenance crews were inspecting the plane while another was on the way to take the Stars to Los Angeles in time for Monday’s game. The team tucked into a lunch they were supposed to eat on the plane while they waited in the Jet Aviation terminal. Stars spokesman Ben Fromstein said the team didn’t notice any smoke in the cabin. “Everybody is safe and that’s all that matters,” he said. The fire chief said his crew of eight firefighters is well-versed in responding to aircraft emergencies. Just recently they trained on how to respond to a 737 crash. While electrical problems are rare, “they do happen,” Mavrogeorge said. Cahokia, Sauget and Camp Jackson fire departments, along with MedStar ambulance, also responded to the scene. Read more here: http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article125285729.html#storylink=cpy
Read more: http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article125285729.html

Incident: Plane evacuated at IAH after reports of smoke in cockpit

December 30th, 2016

By: Brooke A. Lewis

A plane was evacuated Friday afternoon at George Bush Intercontinental Airport due to reports of smoke in the cockpit. A pilot reported smoke coming from the cockpit at about 3 p.m., according to the Houston Fire Department. The pilot requested emergency vehicles due to the possibility of hot brakes, Lynn Lunsford, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said in a statement. The plane safely taxied to the gate. There is no further information available at this time. Two weeks ago, there was another scare at IAH. When a United Airlines plane was descending to the airport on Dec. 15, the nose landing wheels did not automatically deploy. The airline crew had to manually prepare the plane for landing. The jet, coming from Bogota, Colombia, landed without incident, Houston airport system spokesman Bill Begley said.
Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Plane-evacuated-at-George-Bush-airport-due-to-10827343.php

Incident: Spirit Airlines jet makes emergency landing at Palm Beach International

December 27th, 2016

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

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Spirit Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Palm Beach International Airport Tuesday afternoon, according to airport officials. Spirit Airlines 151 landed safely at Palm Beach International Airport at 5:30 p.m after the crew declared an emergency and reported smoke in the cockpit. The flight began at Atlantic International Airport, officials said. It's not clear how many passengers were on board. Fire officials are at the scene investigating the aircraft. There were no reported injuries.
Read more: http://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/spirit-airlines-jet-makes-emergency-landing-at-palm-beach-international

Incident: Norwegian Air Shuttle Flight Makes Emergency Landing due to Smoke in Cockpit

December 20th, 2016

By: George Hatcher

Norwegian Air Shuttle flight DY-1348 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Stavanger, Norway, on December 16th. The Boeing 737-800 plane heading from Oslo, Norway, to Manchester, United Kingdom, was diverted after the crew noticed smoke in cockpit. The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained safe.
Read more: http://airflightdisaster.com/index.php/norwegian-air-shuttle-flight-makes-emergency-landing-due-to-smoke-in-cockpit/

Incident: JetBlue flight lands safely after smoke reported in cockpit

December 20th, 2016

By: Stacey Readout

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A JetBlue flight landed safely at Jacksonville International Airport after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit, according to an airport spokeswoman. The pilot called in an Alert 2, which indicates a possible issue that could be mechanical, technical or medical. It also indicates the pilot wants emergency vehicles on standby on the tarmac. The flight was coming from Boston to Jacksonville. No one was injured and all 130 people on board are safe. The airline issued the following statement: "JetBlue flight 1209 from Boston to Jacksonville requested a priority landing into Jacksonville out of an abundance of caution following reports of an odor of smoke during decent. The flight landed safely at 4:52 local time and customers deplaned normally."
Read more: http://www.news4jax.com/news/local/jacksonville/jetblue-flight-lands-safely-after-pilot-calls-in-emergency


December 16th, 2016

By: www.chicagofiremap.net

FRI DEC 16 2016 ~1:01 PM Chicago Fire Department Still and Box/EMS Plan 1 MIDWAY RUNWAY 13C Chicago, IL Chicago Fire Department standby for a report of an aircraft in with smoke in the cockpit. About 70 people on board. Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 Flight 385 destination San Diego returning to the airport, pilot reporting smoke in the cockpit Aircraft landed safely about 1:06 p.m. - See more at: http://www.chicagofiremap.net/2016/12/southwest-airlines-flight-returns-to.html#sthash.Br9kZve7.dpuf
Read more: http://www.chicagofiremap.net/2016/12/southwest-airlines-flight-returns-to.html

Incident: Smoke in cockpit and cabin

December 16th, 2016

By: aerospace.report

Denmark's HCL reported that a few minutes after departure smoke appeared in the cockpit that increased in intensity, the occurrence had been rated a serios incident A Danish Air Transport Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-200, registration OY-LHA performing flight DX-31 from Bornholm to Copenhagen (Denmark) with 14 passengers and 4 crew, was climbing out of Bornholm’s runway 11 when the crew reported smoke in cockpit and cabin, stopped the climb at 2500 feet, joined a right downwind and landed back on runway 11. The aircraft was evacuated. The airline reported that maintenance inspected the engines (PW124) and found severe internal damage to the #1 engine. The engine was replaced. On Dec 15th 2016 Denmark’s HCL reported that a few minutes after departure from runway 29 smoke appeared in the cockpit that increased in intensity. The crew received a low oil pressure warning for the left hand engine and indication of 30% loss of torque of the left engine. The crew donned their oxygen masks, shut the engine down and declared emergency reporting smoke in cockpit and cabin. The aircraft returned for a landing on runway 11 about 4 minutes later. There were no problems with the flight controls or other technical issues. One flight attendant put on their smoke hood, the other flight attendant attempted to open the bag of the smoke hood without success. A passenger observed abnormal noise, sparks and a flame from the left engine just when the smoke started. The occurrence had been rated a serios incident and is being investigated by the HCL. Note to Readers Aerospace Reporter reports only on commercial flights or commercial operators occurrences involving airplanes with 19 passenger seats or more. The reports consider active flights, from entering the takeoff runway to leaving the landing runway. Other occurrences at the gate or during taxi are summarily dismissed.
Read more: https://aerospace.report/2016/12/16/danish-bornholm-smoke-cabin/#gs.6MC7PcE

Incident: Samsung Galaxy S6 Explodes on a Plane, Fills the Cabin with Smoke

December 9th, 2016

By: Bogdan Popa

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is generally referred to as “the phone that explodes,” but in the last few months, we’ve seen many other devices catching fire, including here Apple’s iPhones and other Samsung models. It goes without saying that the bigger the number of exploding phones, the more worrying the whole thing gets, and today Samsung’s getting all the attention. Again. With a different phone. A Samsung Galaxy S6 exploded onboard a China Airlines flight earlier this month, filling the cabin with smoke and causing injuries to the man who was holding it. The flight, identified as CI027, was heading to Taipei, when a Galaxy S6 burst into flames, leading to small burns to the owner, who quickly threw it to the ground. Flight attendants managed to stop the fire quite quickly, and nobody else was injured, but the cabin was filled with smoke, which obviously can’t make you feel safe, especially mid-flight. Samsung remaining tightlipped Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council has already started an investigation, but stated in a press release that the aircraft landed at Taoyuan International Airport safely at 2204 and everyone on board was safe. “After receiving the notification, Aviation Safety Council (ASC) sent the investigators for flight crew and cabin crew interviews, and removed the CVR (Cockpit Voice Recorder), and FDR (Flight Data Recorder). The event is identified as an aviation occurrence according to Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act, and with reference to ICAO Annex 13. The Investigator-In-Charge and investigation team has been assigned to this investigation,” the ASC said. Samsung hasn’t yet issued a statement on this, but the company is certainly looking into this case, so expect more information to emerge in the coming weeks. As for the causes of the fire, nothing is certain at the moment, but what’s important to note (no pun intended) is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 isn’t suffering from a widespread battery issue as it was confirmed in the case of the Note 7. Most likely, this was caused by physical damage or other factors, but this remains to be determined by the involved parties.
Read more: http://news.softpedia.com/news/samsung-galaxy-s6-explodes-on-a-plane-fills-the-cabin-with-smoke-510812.shtml

Incident: Easyjet Switzerland Airbus A-320 near Stuttgart on Dec 2nd 2016, smoke in cockpit

December 5th, 2016

By: www.aeroinside.com

An Easyjet Switzerland Airbus A320-200, registration HB-JXB performing flight U2-1234 from Budapest (Hungary) to Basel/Mulhouse (Switzerland/France), was enroute at FL380 about 110nm eastsoutheast of Stuttgart (Germany) when the crew reported smoke on the flight deck and decided to divert to Stuttgart for a safe landing on runway 25 about 30 minutes later. The airline reported the aircraft diverted to Stuttgart due to a technical defect. The 162 passengers disembarked normally and were bussed to Basel. A ground observer reported emergency services reacted to a call because of smoke in the cockpit, were in their stand by positions for landing and after a first examination of the aircraft accompanied the aircraft from the runway to the apron and were overall engaged for about one hour after landing.
Read more: https://www.aeroinside.com/item/8683/easyjet-switzerland-a320-near-stuttgart-on-dec-2nd-2016-smoke-in-cockpit?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20161204

Incident: Flight lands safely at Norwich Airport after declaring emergency when smoke reported in cockpit

November 26th, 2016

By: www.aeroinside.com

The KLM 1511 flight from Amsterdam carrying 54 passengers had been due to land at 4.50pm but declared an emergency two minutes before coming in to land. Smoke had been reported in the cockpit while on the final approach to runway 27 and precautionary emergency measures were activated. Fire crews from Earlham, Sprowston, Carrow, Aylsham, Dereham, Fakenham and Hethersett were put on stand by at 4.45pm. The aircraft landed safely at 4.52pm and passengers were taxied to the terminal and disembarked normally. By 5.11pm the incident had been closed and the fire crews were stood down. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said the alarm had been raised after an “electrical fault” on the craft.. A spokesperson for Norwich Airport said they were “delighted” the incident had been resolved safely.
Read more: http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/flight_lands_safely_at_norwich_airport_after_declaring_emergency_when_smoke_reported_in_cockpit_1_4793997

Incident: KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ-190 near Amsterdam on Nov 18th 2016, light smoke on board

November 19th, 2016

By: www.aeroinside.com

A KLM Cityhopper Embraer ERJ-190, registration PH-EZU performing flight KL-1155 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Gothenburg (Sweden), was climbing through FL310 about 100nm northeast of Amsterdam when the crew decided to return to Amsterdam reporting light smoke on board and advising that no assistance was needed and a normal landing would occur. The aircraft landed safely on Amsterdam's runway 24 about 35 minutes later. A replacement ERJ-190 registration PH-EZS reached Gothenburg with a delay of 2 hours.
Read more: https://www.aeroinside.com/item/8611/klm-cityhopper-e190-near-amsterdam-on-nov-18th-2016-light-smoke-on-board?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20161120

Incident: Airliner emergency landing at Zurich airport because of the smoke in the cockpit

November 18th, 2016

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

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

Incident: Logan DHC6 near Campbeltown on Nov 16th 2016, hydraulics failure, smoke in cockpit

November 16th, 2016

By: Simon Hradecky

A Loganair de Havilland Dash 6-400, registration G-HIAL performing flight BE-6844 from Campbeltown,SC to Glasgow,SC (UK), was climbing out of Campbeltown when the aircraft experienced a hydraulic failure shortly followed by smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft returned to Campbeltown for a safe landing about 20 minutes after departure. A passenger reported about 10 minutes into the flight a hydraulic system failed, a short time later a fuse blew in the cockpit and smoke appeared in the cockpit. The first officer needed to manually pump the hydraulic system for landing. Emergency Services at Campbeltown including a life boat was on stand by for the return. After leaving the aircraft the passengers were taken to the terminal and medically checked for shock.
Read more: http://avherald.com/h?article=4a0d8c94&opt=0

Incident: Dreamliner lands safely after smoke in cockpit

November 14th, 2016

By: Saurabh Sinha | TNN

NEW DELHI: An Air India aircraft flying from Kolkata to Delhi on Sunday witnessed a serious scare when the pilots reported fumes and smoke in the cockpit of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. They immediately switched off some non-essential electrical equipment in the cockpit and then managed to make a safe precautionary landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. "The pilots first saw some smoke in the cockpit and then there was a strong burning smell. They checked with the crew if the same was being reported by passengers. However, the problem seemed limited to the cockpit," said a source. The crew then declared an emergency and proceeded to Delhi. En route, they followed the check list and switched off some non-essential electrical items. "Following this, the smoke and smell did not increase. The plane made a safe landing in Delhi. Passengers alighted at the terminal and then the plane was towed to a remote bay," said the source. AI engineering then inspected the plane and immediately got in touch with Boeing. Preliminary check, said sources, suggested that the cabin air compressor(CAC), which pumps air inside the aircraft, of the cockpit may have failed. "We informed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation who asked AI to carry out the repairs on Monday as they want to oversee what will be done," said a source. AI has in recent days witnessed a number of CAC failures in its Dreamliners. However, Sunday's was the first instance of smoke and smell being caused due to that. "We are expecting to hear from Boeing on this issue and see how this can be resolved," said a source. In fact, AI's troubles with the Dreamliners have erupted after two to three years of relative quiet. The airline saw about five instances of windshield cracks of the B-787 in past few months. The airline has sought compensation from the US aircraft major for the windshield problem. AI started getting the Dreamliners four years ago and has now got 22 of the 27 B-787s it ordered. "The first batch of this plane AI got had some technical issues. Then Boeing upgraded all our first few deliveries and the subsequent ones were delivered after making the required changes. Last two years were okay but now we are again witnessing a rise in issues regarding B-787. While the aircraft is perfectly safe, snags grounding the aircraft time and again means a huge loss to AI," said a senior official.
Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Dreamliner-lands-safely-after-smoke-in-cockpit/articleshow/55405301.cms?

Incident: Airborne Li-ion Fires a Growing Threat

November 2nd, 2016

By: www.ainonline.com/aviation-news

The recent recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone due to its potential to catch fire has highlighted the threat that all lithium-ion battery-powered devices present, especially on board an aircraft. With millions of mobile devices in use, training crews on how to deal with this possible hazard is now crucial. Since 1991, there have been 129 incidents involving aviation and lithium battery fires, 17 percent of them occurring in the last year alone, according to FAA statistics (although not all of these involved mobile devices). Flaws in battery manufacturing, impact damage, overheating of gray-market batteries or overcharging by low-cost replacement chargers can all start a fire. While typical fire-suppression methods such as electrical-qualified fire extinguishers might temporarily extinguish the flames, they will not end the threat as the overheated device will flare up again and burn until there is no more fuel to consume. Another concern is that battery damage to a Li-ion-powered device could cause thermal runaway days later. Yet it is a tough call for a flight crewmember to tell a passenger in flight that their smartphone, tablet or laptop is about to ignite. “If it is heating, particularly if you are starting to see smoke, even wisps of smoke, it’s going to go,” said industry safety expert John Cox, the CEO of Safety Operation Systems, who has been studying aircraft fires for the past 15 years. “It’s totally unpredictable as to the severity of the discharge, so you have to assume that it will be a severe discharge and cool it.” In a presentation on Wednesday at NBAA 2016, he described how battery cells rupture and burn at more than 1,000 deg F, in the process ejecting flaming gel, spraying molten copper and emitting clouds of toxic, highly-flammable, ether-based vapors and smoke that can quickly reduce visibility in an aircraft cockpit. Cox recommends dousing the device in water, cooling it below its ignition temperature, and then securing it in an airtight containment device. He also advocates the adoption of new FAA guidelines, and the introduction of specific crew training to deal with the problem. To ensure cockpit visibility in a continuous smoke situation he recommends the use of products such as VisionSafe’s EVAS, which comes as standard equipment on the Gulfstream G650. Lastly he urges operators to provide proper protection for those who will have to deal with an exceptionally hazardous situation.
Read more: http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/aerospace/2016-11-02/airborne-li-ion-fires-growing-threat

Incident: American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing

October 22nd, 2016

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

LITTLE ROCK - An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Little Rock, Arkansas after reports of smoke in the cockpit. Flight 1134 was traveling from Nashville to Los Angeles before making the unexpected stop. There were no reports of injuries. The flight landed safely at the Clinton National Airport on Saturday. Actors Jamie Bell and Kate Mara were both on the flight and tweeted during the delay, talking about their frustrations with the airline. American Airlines responded to both actors, asking them to send a private message so they could fix the issue. American Airlines sent a replacement plane from Dallas to pick up the passengers and carry them to Los Angeles.
Read more: http://www.myfoxzone.com/travel/american-airlines-flight-makes-emergency-landing/340817630

Incident: American Eagle flight diverts to Willard Airport due to smoke in cockpit

October 19th, 2016

By: www.travelandtourworld.com/

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

Incident: Cockpit smoke prompts Lufthansa aircraft to land in eastern Canada

October 19th, 2016

By: www.dw.com

Smoke in the cockpit prompted a Lufthansa crew to don oxygen masks and land in Newfoundland, Canada. The 747-400 Jumbo-jet was on a flight from Frankfurt to Orlando with 345 passengers on board. The German news agency DPA and "Die Welt" newspaper reported Wednesday that the source of the smoke could not be identified after a safe landing. Lufthansa, like other airlines, recently banned the use of a new model mobile phone, the Galaxy Note 7, on its flights after Samsung recalled several million of its devices on fears that faulty batteries could catch fire. Lufthansa said the crew of 18 landed the airliner at Gander on Canada's east coast while wearing breathing masks. "Due to the smoke, the cockpit crew decided to re-route the plane to Newfoundland and landed there safely," a spokesman said. Destination Florida Tuesday's trans-Atlantic flight LH 464 from Frankfurt was en route to Orlando in the southern state of Florida. "Die Welt" said emergency exits were not activated and it quoted passengers as saying the pilots had kept them well briefed during the landing, described by Lufthansa as "precautionary." A substitute aircraft was provided to forward passengers to their destination, Lufthansa said.
Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/cockpit-smoke-prompts-lufthansa-aircraft-to-land-in-eastern-canada/a-36085144

Incident: Samsung phone catches fire on Southwest plane

October 5th, 2016

By: CBC.ca

A Southwest Airlines flight in Louisville, Ky., bound for Baltimore was grounded on the tarmac Wednesday morning after a passenger's Samsung smartphone caught fire and filled the cabin with smoke. Capt. Kevin Fletcher, of Louisville fire department's arson unit, said a Samsung smartphone overheated Wednesday morning and began to smoke, which led Southwest Airlines to evacuate the plane before it departed for Baltimore. A spokeswoman from the Louisville airport confirmed to CBC News that the Southwest flight 944, a Boeing 737, was grounded then emptied 10 minutes before takeoff with 75 passengers and crew aboard. "A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device," the airline told CBC News in a statement. "All Customers and Crew deplaned safely via the main cabin door." Fletcher said there was minor damage to the plane's carpet where the device was dropped. U.S. website The Verge reported Wednesday that the device in question was a Galaxy Note 7 that was powered down when the fire broke out. Citing the owner of the smartphone, it said the device in question had apparently already been recalled and allegedly repaired last month, after official warnings about the smartphones came out. Samsung, Southwest and American federal aviation-safety officials declined to say what model of Samsung phone was involved, saying they were still investigating. Samsung is in the process of recalling millions of Galaxy Note 7 phones because of problems with the battery. The company says it's aware of almost 100 incidents in the U.S. in which the devices have caught fire. Many airlines have been advising customers to not fly with the devices, and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officially advises against bringing the devices onto an airplane. Air Canada and WestJet have urged passengers not to use the phones on their flights.
Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/business/samsung-southwest-plane-1.3792221

Incident: Flight cancelled as Air India pilot spots smoke in plane

October 3rd, 2016

By: Express News Service

AN Air India flight was cancelled on Sunday after the pilot reported smoke emanating from an unspecified source in the cockpit when the flight was about to take off at the Pune Airport. The incident also led to blocking of the runway at the airport leading to diversion of two flights ,which were to land at the airport. The flight AI 854 was scheduled to depart on Saturday but was rescheduled for Sunday afternoon due to some “technical issues.” The incident led to cancellation of the flight and the 25 passengers on board had to wait for hours until they were accommodated in another AI flight. Air India and the Airports Authority of India officials denied that there was a fire in the aircraft. “It was a technical snag. While the flight was about to take off, the captain noticed that there was some smoke. The aircraft was then brought to the parking bay and inspected. There was no fire. Sometimes if the fuel is old it may cause extra smoke. We accommodated the passengers in another flight,” said Suhas Jadhav, Station Manager, Air India.
Read more: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/flight-cancelled-as-air-india-pilot-spots-smoke-in-plane-3062353/

Incident: Smoke warning IndiGo flight makes precautionary landing

September 23rd, 2016

By: PTI | New Delhi

A city-bound IndiGo flight from Cochin carrying 173 passengers onboard was diverted to Bangalore on Friday, where it made “precautionary” landing after a “smoke warning” was detected in the cargo hold of the Airbus A320 plane. As soon as the flight landed, the flight crew along with the airport fire services examined the cargo hold area but no smoke was observed, IndiGo said. All passengers are safe, it said. IndiGo confirms that its flight 6E-516 flight operating on Cochin to Delhi route made a precautionary landing at Bangalore airport this morning at 0745 hours, the airline said in a statement. While the aircraft was airborne, the flight commander noticed cargo hold smoke warning in the cockpit, it said adding keeping in mind the safety, the flight crew immediately discharged fire extinguisher which is as per the Standard operating procedures prescribed by the manufacturer. The Pilot-in-Command simultaneously informed the ATC and requested for precautionary landing at the Bangalore airport, it said. After landing, all 173 passengers were deplaned at the Bangalore airport as per normal procedure, the statement added. The incident is being probed both by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA and IndiGo’s safety department, the airline said.
Read more: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/smoke-warning-indigo-flight-makes-precautionary-landing-3046914/

Incident: Qantas plane evacuated in Perth

September 23rd, 2016

By: James Masters, CNN

Australia's Perth airport was at the center of a dramatic airplane evacuation Friday after the cockpit and passenger cabin began to fill with fumes and smoke. The Qantas Link Fokker 100 flight was traveling from Newman to Perth with 97 passengers and five crew on board. Emergency services were on the scene when the plane touched down at 11:36 a.m. local time. "At 11:50 a.m. local time this morning the Western Australia (WA) Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) received a call from Perth Airport's fire service that a Qantas Link Fokker 100 had declared an emergency, with 102 people on board," a WA Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson told CNN. "The Airport declared a full emergency and DFES responded for assistance with 10 crew," the spokesperson said. "All 102 people on the plane were evacuated safely after reports of fumes in the cockpit and the cabin filling with smoke. No dangerous goods were detected on board."
Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/23/asia/perth-airplane-emergency-landing/

Incident: Delta flight returns to gate after reports of smoke in cockpit

September 22nd, 2016

By: Kara Apel

A Delta flight at Nashville International Airport had to return to the gate after reports of smoke in the cockpit. The issue happened after the plane left the gate, but the flight did not take off. The plane turned around on the tarmac and later returned to the gate. Channel 4 is working to find out more information about the flight. A Nashville International Airport spokesperson issued this statement:
Read more: http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/33157973/delta-flight-returns-to-gate-after-reports-of-smoke-in-cockpit

Incident: United Boeing 737-800 at Portland, smoke in cockpit

September 20th, 2016

By: www.aeroinside.com

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

Incident: Condor Boeing 757-300 at Hamburg, burning odour in cockpit

September 13th, 2016

By: www.aeroinside.com

A Condor Boeing 757-300, registration D-ABOK performing flight DE-155 from Antalya (Turkey) to Hamburg (Germany) with 224 people on board, was descending towards Hamburg when the crew reported a burning odour in the cockpit. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on Hamburg's runway 15 and taxied to the apron with emergency services in trail. The airline reported the cause of the burning odour is being investigated. The aircraft is still on the ground in Hamburg 10 hours after landing.
Read more: https://www.aeroinside.com/item/8259/condor-b753-at-hamburg-on-sep-13th-2016-burning-odour-in-cockpit?utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=20160914

Incident: Emergency landing at Goodyear Airport after plane reports smoke in the cockpit

September 3rd, 2016


GOODYEAR, Ariz., -- Goodyear police and fire crews were at the scene of an aircraft that was forced to make an emergency landing on a dirt road in south Goodyear Saturday afternoon. According to police, the plane came to rest on a dirt road near Rainbow Valley Road and Germann. There are no reports of any injuries.
Read more: http://www.12news.com/news/local/arizona/aircraft-lands-in-goodyear-after-reports-of-smoke-in-cockpit/313269248

Incident: Emergency landing at Cork Airport after plane reports smoke in the cockpit

August 26th, 2016

By: thejournal.ie

A PLANE HAS made an emergency landing at Cork Airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit. Emergency services were on standby for the plane’s arrival, however the landing passed off without incident. The Aer Lingus EI3701 flight from Birmingham instigated a full emergency plan after the captain had reported the issue.
Read more: http://www.thejournal.ie/cork-airport-smoke-cockpit-2945225-Aug2016/

Incident: Duke of Westminster's £5m private jet does up in smoke as it takes mourners to funeral

August 13th, 2016

By: Daily Mail UK

Pallbearers making their way from Inverness, Scotland, to the late Duke of Westminster's funeral on board his £5million private jet had to evacuate his plane after the cockpit filled with smoke....
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Incident: American Airlines flight lands safely at Pearson Airport after smoke reported in cockpit

July 30th, 2016

By: Mississauga News, Jason Spencer

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

July 29th, 2016

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

Four people were killed early Friday when a medical transport plane bound for Oakland crashed in sparsely-populated forestland in Humboldt County, authorities said. Three women and one man died when then the plane went down on the property of a private timber company near McKinleyville shortly after taking off from Crescent City in Del Norte County. The names of the dead have not been released, but in addition to the pilot, a patient, a nurse and a medic were on board. It remained unclear Saturday if the patient was bound for a Bay Area hospital. The remains of the twin-engine Piper PA31 Cheyenne were found Friday at about 10 a.m.. It left a debris field over about a quarter mile of land, Humboldt sheriff's officials said. The plane had lost contact with air traffic controllers early Friday after the pilot radioed there was smoke in the cockpit, officials said. The aircraft was associated with REACH Air Medical Services and Cal-Ore Life Flight, officials said. It took off about 12:29 a.m. Friday from Crescent City Airport, Jack McNamara Field bound for Oakland. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, at about 1 a.m. the pilot declared an emergency because of smoke in the cockpit and indicated he was going to return to Crescent City. But radar contact with the plane was lost about five miles northeast of Arcata Airport, the FAA said. Don Wharton, REACH Director of Business Relations, said Friday he could not provide the identities of those on board or other details. Advertisement "It's heartbreaking, it's very difficult," Wharton said. Steve Morris Logging water truck driver Dennis Huffman, who was at the scene Friday afternoon, said he was called out that morning because the crash caused a "small smoldering fire." Huffman said the main crash site was up hill from where wreckage had tumbled down and spilled onto the dirt road; he believed the crash was discovered by a mechanic driving along the road. On Friday afternoon, the road where some of the wreckage landed was taped off. The National Transportation Safety Board is set to arrive at the site Saturday morning. Eureka Times-Standard reporter Marc Vartabedian contributed to this story.
Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_30186285/wreckage-oakland-bound-medical-transport-plane-found-four

Incident: London-bound PAL plane makes emergency landing at Naia

July 26th, 2016

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

A London-bound Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight was forced by smoke in the aircraft to return and make an emergency landing on Friday afternoon at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia). According to a report from the Manila International Airport Authority (Miaa) operations division, PAL flight PR 720 took off from the Naia for Heathrow Airport at around 2 p.m. on Friday. Mid-flight, the cockpit indicators detected smoke initially in the cabin emanating from the air-conditioning system. Smoke and fire was later observed on the main landing gear forcing the plane to turn back to the Naia. PR 720, which had around 155 passengers on board, was able to return and land safely at the Naia some 17 minutes after it departed. As the aircraft docked at Bay 49 of the Naia terminal 2, Miaa fire and rescue division personnel were deployed as a precautionary measure. The Miaa operations division said PAL eventually cancelled the flight citing mechanical problems on the aircraft. Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/141724/london-bound-pal-plane-makes-emergency-landing-at-naia#ixzz4FaOGEVgy Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook
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Incident: Emirates B773 over Arabian Sea on Jul 26th 2016, smoke in cockpit

July 26th, 2016

By: www.avherald.com

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

Incident: American Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Panama City Beach

July 22nd, 2016

By: www.wjhg.com

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

Incident: Cockpit smell turns back NZ-Sydney flight

July 16th, 2016

By: au.news.yahoo.com

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

Incident: Orlando-bound airliner makes emergency landing at JIA after smoke in cockpit

July 6th, 2016

By: Dan Scanlan

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

Incident: Egyptair FDR Data Confirms Smoke in Cockpit, Avionics Bay

June 30th, 2016

By: Gregory Polek

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

Incident: The moment Hercules lands safely at Whenuapai Airport after smoke reported in cockpit

June 28th, 2016

By: www.tvnz.co.nz

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

Probe links lithium battery to Dubai UPS crash

July 24, 2013

By BRIAN MURPHY, Associated Press, July 24th 2013

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

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