Austrian Airlines Smoke in Cockpit

Wednesday, February 10, 2010
By George Hatcher

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Contact Damian Leśniak

What: Austrian Airlines de Havilland Dash 8-400 en route from Vienna Austria to Iasi Romania
Where: Iasi
When: Feb 10th 2010
Who: 27 passengers and 4 crew
Why: After reporting smoke in the cockpit, the crew made a safe landing wearing oxygen masks, landing ten minutes early in Iasi. The cause of the smoke is under investigation. Newspapers reported a fire had broken out in the cockpit and that passengers disembarked without injury, without noting if slides were used, or if they deplaned on to the tarmac. The plane will not be making the scheduled flight to Vienna but will be in maintenance.

With the early arrival however…one cannot help but picture the investigator inquiring…”What? The flight is early? That we really have to look in to…”

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