Plane makes emergency landing after smell of smoke in cabin

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Other Events



Posted on April 14, 2010 at 6:46 PM

Updated today at 8:25 AM


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A United Airlines Boeing 757 from Washington D.C. to Seattle made an emergency landing in Sioux Falls, SD after the pilots smelled smoke in the cockpit.

United Airlines says it was smoke that forced the emergency landing, but passengers say it smelled like someting else.

“I noticed this really heavy pungent smell and to me I thought… it smells like burning oil, like hydraulic fluid or something,” said Roger Tilton, a passenger on the flight.

No one described any panic on the plane, but passengers were relieved to be safely on the ground.

The Sioux Falls fire department responded with 11 firefighters and stood by as mutual aid to the Air National Guard, but their services were not needed.

The first officer said they did have heavy black smoke in the cockpit and put on their oxygen masks. They got the plane down as fast as they could at the closest airport that could handle the 757.

The plane landed safely in Sioux Falls and the passengers on board were expected to be flown to Seattle later this evening.

It’s is still not clear what caused the smell, but cabin air issues are in the news more and more. Just Tuesday an American Airlines flight from Paris to Dallas had to divert to Iceland because of fumes.

American Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Iceland

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes


An American Airlines flight with 145 people on board made an emergency landing Tuesday in Iceland after five crew members became ill following reports of chemical fumes in the cabin.

American Airlines Flight 49 traveling from Paris to Dallas-Ft. Worth landed safely just after 1345 GMT (9:45 a.m. EDT). The source of the fumes was being investigated, Keflavik Airport spokesman Fridthor Eydal said.

“They were apparently having some sort of problems with some sort of fumes in the cabin,” said spokesman Tim Smith for American Airlines, a unit of AMR Corp.

Smith said maintenance people in Iceland would try find out what happened, and that the backup plan was to send another plane from London to pick up the 133 passengers and 12 member crew.

The five crew members were in the cooking area of the Boeing 767-300 when they became ill, Civil Protection Agency officials said in a statement. Eight ambulances and health department were sent to the airport.

Flight Attendant Who Inhaled Smoke in Aircraft Cabin Wins Landmark $140k Payout

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes



ABC News

Updated Thu Apr 1, 2010 12:03pm AEDT

Joanne Turner won a decade-long legal battle against East-West Airlines last year, when the New South Wales Dust Diseases Tribunal ordered the former company to pay her about $139,000 in compensation.

The tribunal heard the flight attendant developed breathing problems and a persistent cough after thick smoke filled her cabin on a flight from Sydney to Brisbane in 1992.

Mrs Turner inhaled dust and fumes from the plane’s engine over about 20 minutes as the flight descended into Brisbane.

The tribunal ruled the airline could have foreseen the problem, caused by a cracked compressor carbon seal on the BAe 146 aircraft.

The NSW Court of Appeal has today dismissed an appeal by East-West Airlines against the judgment.

Mrs Turner’s lawyer, Tanya Segelov, says there have been dozens of complaints about fumes on the BAe 146 since the aircraft was introduced in 1990.

She says this is the world’s first successful negligence claim regarding the aircraft.

“This will provide a significant global precedent for thousands of pilots, cabin crew and passengers who may have been exposed to similar toxic fumes on these aircraft which were operated worldwide,” Ms Segelov said in a statement.

“At the time of the incident, Mrs Turner, who was 25 weeks’ pregnant, suffered coughing, a burning throat, sore eyes and headache.

“However, it has been the ongoing respiratory problems that have persisted for almost 20 years that caused her the greatest problems.”

Mrs Turner kept working as a cabin attendant for 10 years after the incident.

In 1993 East-West Airlines was merged into Ansett, which was placed into liquidation in 2001.

Toxic Fume Events Reported on Northwest Airlines

Author: Alisa Brodkowitz  |  Category: Fumes


Updated: Thursday, 11 Mar 2010, 7:16 PM CST
Published : Thursday, 11 Mar 2010, 7:16 PM CST

Allan Chernoff (CNN)

The “fume event” problem is one that all airlines share. Indeed, Northwest flight attendants complaining of headache and tremors, say their airline also suffered a series of three “fume events” over the past several weeks on the same aircraft flying between Frankfurt and Detroit. The airline, though, won’t confirm precisely what happened.

“We are investigating each case of employee illness, but at this time we can not pinpoint a specific cause,” said Anthony Black, a spokesperson for Delta, which recently merged with Northwest.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing concedes there is a chance of fume events, but the company says the air on board its aircraft is “safe and healthy.”