What: Continental/ ExpressJet Embraer ERJ-145 en route from Manchester NH to Newark NJ
When: Jan 18, 2010
Who: 44 passengers and 3 crew
Why: After taking off 6 hours late after ground stops due to the weather, after five minutes in flight, smoke in the cabin forced the pilots to divert to Logan Airport. Emergency was declared due to “smoke in the lavatory.” In the meantime, passengers were covering their faces because of the smoke. A leak, mechanical problem and possible fire was reported on the Continental flight and speculation is that de-icing fluid had infiltrated the engine, causing burn-off.
The plane landed safely at Logan, with emergency crews on standby.
37 passengers boarded another plane around 3 pm to continue to their destination.