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EgyptAir: 3 Alerts Before the Plane Left Radar. Fire on board.

Several different alerts on this plane went off immediately prior to the plane disappearing from the radar, including 1) issues with the windows on the co-pilot’s side of the plane; 2) two smoke alerts, the first one “SMOKE LAVATORY SMOKE” at 00:26 a.m. local time; 3) the second one “AVIONICS SMOKE” at 00:27 a.m. The second alert refers smoke in the avionics bay, which is located below the cockpit, and is where the electronics are housed.

This is also the same plane that was vandalised two years ago at Cairo Airport. In Arabic someone, presumably Cairo Airport workers, wrote on its belly, “We will bring this plane down.”

It is a special concern that the plane had flown to Eritrea.

The US State Department has a standing travel warning for Eritrea, and is quoted as saying “security at the Asmara airport ‘can be unpredictable,’ and had a ‘lack of efficiency and consistency” in screening passengers.'”

The search for Egyptair is still underway.

On the search for Egyptair Flight MS804

According to AV:

on 2016/06/01, Egypt’s Civil Aviation Authority reported “Laplace” located pings presumably from one of MS804’s black boxes. The vessel “John Lethbridge” of DOS will be joining the search team to retrieve the black boxes. The BEA (FR)confirmed that Egyptian Authorities have confirmed a “signal that may come from one of the recorders” of flight MS-804. The BEA did NOT confirm that a black box has been located.

Debris has been found.

UTair Aviation Plane Makes Safe Landing in Russia after Emergency Alarm

UTairUTair Aviation flight UT-247 had to return and make a safe landing at Vnukovo International Airport, Moscow, Russia, on March 20.

The Boeing 737-800, flying from Moscow to Surgut, Russia, was mid-air when the crew reported emergency alarm signalling engine vibration, prompting the plane to return.

The plane landed safely.

All 112 people on board remained unharmed.

Delta Airlines Flight Diverts to Shannon Airport

250px-Delta_logo.svgDelta Airlines flight DL-73 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland, at around 2:48 p.m. on July 3.

The Boeing 747-400, en-route from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Atlanta, Georgia, declared emergency after an alarm sounded in the cockpit, warning about a possible fire in the cargo hold.

The plane landed uneventfully. All 392 passengers remained safe.

Inspection team found no evidence of fire in the cargo hold. The cause of alarm is under investigation.

AeroMexico Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Shannon Airport

AeromexicoAn AeroMexico flight made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport, Ireland, on June 29.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, heading from Mexico City to Paris Charles De Gaulle airport in France, had to be diverted after a fire alarm sounded in cargo hold.

The plane landed uneventfully. All 193 people aboard remained unharmed.

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing at Aberdeen International Airport

helicopterA Super Puma EC 225 helicopter had to make an emergency landing at Aberdeen International Airport, United Kingdom, on May 28.

The helicopter, operated by CHC Helicopter, was carrying 19 people when an alarm went off, forcing the pilot to declare an emergency.

The aircraft landed safely and everyone aboard remained unhurt.

According to CHC, the alarm went off due to a baggage item that had been restricting the air flow around a smoke detector.

Allegiant Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Las Vegas

AllegiantAllegiant Air Flight 536 had to return and make an emergency landing in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 22.

The flight was heading from McCarran International Airport to Great Falls, Montana, but was forced to return after a smoke alarm went off.

The plane landed uneventfully at around 8:50 a.m. None of the 160 passengers aboard was harmed.

The passengers were shifted to another aircraft which took them to their destination.

Air France Flight Makes Emergency Landing due to Heat from Vegetables

Air FranceAir France flight AF-733 had to make an emergency landing at Shannon airport, Ireland, at around 10 a.m. on December 14.

The Boeing 747-, heading from the Dominican Republic to Paris, had to land in emergency after a fire alarm went off.

The plane landed uneventfully and all 156 people aboard remained unharmed.

A replacement plane was arranged for the passengers.

It was later found that the heat from a cargo of vegetables triggered the fire alarm.

GoAir Emergency Landing

Former Army Chief General V.K. Singh was on his way to Mumbai to launch his book at the ongoing Mumbai Literary Festival when the GoAir flight he was on with about 100 passengers had a fire alarm and was forced to return to IGI airport forty minutes after it left.

Passengers were provided an alternative flight.

One person was injured during emergency exit procedures.

Delta Diversion to Pasco Washington

A Delta Airlines Boeing 757 en route from Atlanta,GA to Seattle,WA (USA) with 185 people aboard apparently developed a cargo fire on Oct 21, 2013.

Pilots diverted diverted to Pasco Washington where they made a safe landing.

Emergency services responded to the scene which was apparently a heat sensor alarm. No fire was found.

The 757 was grounded at the Pasco airport. Some of the passengers were provided a charter bus to Seattle, some rented cars, and others waited for a Tuesday flight.

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Germanwings Airbus Diverts to Prague

While a Germanwings Airbus A319-112 was en route from Moscow to Stuttgart, the plane issued warnings. Pilots diverted to Prague-Vaclav Havel (Ruzyne) Airport in the Czech Republic.

Airport fire and rescue services responded to the scene according to the airport air crash consultant spokesperson

THere were 144 passengers and five crew aboard the Airbus A320. There were no injuries reported on landing.

A replacement plane was sent from Cologne.

Air India Boeing Makes Unscheduled Bucharest Stop

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What: Air India Boeing 777 en route from Frankfurt to Chicago
Where: Bucharest
When: May 12, 2012 10:25
Who: 303 passengers and 17 crew
Why: The flight was en route over Romania when a door warning went off, alerting the pilot of a potential problem.

One source reported the problem as a door alarm; another source said there was a cargo smoke indication.

Passengers deplaned via stairs as on examination, no indication of fire or heat was found. Passengers were then provided hotel accommodations.

The pilot informed ATC in Bucharest and shortly later made a safe landing. The cargo door was examined but no problems were found. The issue was chalked up to being a false alarm.

The plane awaited takeoff pending an allocated scheduled landing-time in Chicago.

Air China Airbus False Emergency Causes Return to Sanya

<What: Air China Airbus A330-200 en route from Sanya to Beijing
Where: Sanya
When: Jan 8th 2012
Who: not available
Why: After a faulty cargo door refused to close and held up the flight for two hours, once the flight was in the air, the door emitted an unsafe indication.

The flight returned safely to Sanya and made a safe landing. The door problem was reported as a false indication.

In George’s Point of View

One wonders if the delicate electronic indicator mechanism was damaged during attempts to close the door? I can’t help picturing the cargo door being repeatedly slammed. But wHo knows? We haven’t heard if the flight continued, was cancelled or if the jet was replaced.

Kingfisher Flight makes Emergency Landing

What: Kingfisher en route from Delhi to Mumbai
Where: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
When: July 2, 2011, 9:08 a.m.
Who: 118 passengers and eight crew members
Why: The flight took off from Delhi but then an alarm went off, causing the pilot to declare an emergency and return to the airport.

The pilot made a safe landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport at 9:08 a.m. and taxied to the apron. There were no injuries. Passengers apparently disembarked normally and were provided an alternative flight.

Alarm ON Fed Ex Canada Flight

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What: Fed Ex/Morningstar Boeing 737-200 en route from Winnipeg to Calgary
Where: Winnipeg
When: May 3rd 2011
Why: The plane was on the runway when the pilot received an indication of fire. The fire indication would not shut down, even after the plane stopped. Emergency services responded. The plane was “rebooted” and the indication shut down.

(Just like my kitchen alarm that goes off whenever I cook, regardless of whether something is burning or not. I promise it wasn’t me. I promise I wasn’t cooking in the non-existent galley.)

Gear Door Message over Kuwait City

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What: Kuwait Airways Airbus 340-300 en route from Kuwait City (Kuwait) to London Heathrow
Where: Kuwait
When: Dec 6th 2010
Why: On takeoff from Kuwait City, the plane could not retract the landing gear. According to Al Abdulkarim, the procedure was routine, not an emergency. The crew returned to the airport, made a safe landing, and the problem was promptly repaired. The problem was apparently in the indicator, not the plane. After the warning light was repaired, the flight took off again within hours.

This is the third time in two months that Kuwait Airways made an emergency landing after take-off.

Air Zimbabwe Emergency Landing at Harare

Pictured: An Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737
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What: Air Zimbabwe Boeing 737 en route from Victoria Falls
Where: Harare Airport, Zimbabwe
When: December 6, 2010
Who: not released
Why: Passengers coming back from Victoria falls got a surprise today as, en route, the plane’s fire alarms went off.

The pilots made a safe emergency landing at Harare. The cause of the alarm is being investigated, and there’s no indication of whether passengers were provided transportation, housing or if they had to wait until the plane was examined/repaired.

British Airways Cargo Fire

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What: British Airways Boeing 777-200 en route from London to Tel Aviv
Where: Brussels
When: Nov 18th 2010
Why: While en route, the crew received a fire alert. The flight diverted to Brussels a quarter of an hour after the alert occurred. A package was removed from the plane, and later returned to London where the cargo was transferred onto an alternative flight.

First Air: False Overheat

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What: A First Air Boeing 737-200 en route from Norman Wells, to Inuvik
Where: Inuvik
When: Nov 15th 2010
Who: 22 aboard
Why: After takeoff, the right engine’s warning light came on. The crew declared an emergency but continued to Inuvik to make a safe landing.

On examination, the overheat detection mechanism was faulty.

Emergency: Air India Hard Landing at Thiruvananthapuram

What: Air India A-330 en route from Thiruvananthapuram to Dammam Saudi Arabia
Where: Thiruvananthapuram
When: Nov 10, 2010, 6 pm
Who: 82 passengers including two infants
Why: The flight had a normal takeoff, but forty minutes into the route, the pilot received a sensor warning about the plane’s doors. The jet returned to the airport, circled to burn off fuel, and made a hard landing during which a tire burst and the brakes jammed. The plane was stuck on the runway for four hours.

Passengers were rebooked on a Thursday morning flight out and provided overnight hotel accommodations.

Officials of the Director General of Civil Aviation have arrived to begin the official inquiry.

Air Nippon Receives Ground Clearance Warning over Mountain Range

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Contact photographer Kaoru Kojima

What: Air Nippon Boeing 737-800 en route from Nagoya to Asahikawa
Where: Asahikaw
When: Oct 26 2010
Why: 16 nautical miles east of the airport, the flight received a ground proximity warning system warning. The pilot climbed to a safe height in the mountainous area, and continued to make a safe landing at the Asahikawa Airport.

Westjet Emergency Landing in Winnipeg

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Contact photographer Randall Johnson

What: Westjet Boeing 737-700 en route from Montreal to Calgary
Where: Winnipeg
When: Oct 6 2010
Who: 105 aboard
Why: While en route, the plane emitted an alert, and subsequently made an emergency descent and landing. Although they received an emergency indicator engaged, there were no problems with the landing. Emergency services were on standby.

Maintenance determined that the problem was due to a faulty sensor, and replaced same.

Conviasa False Reading over Caracas

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Contact photographer Fabricio Jiménez

What: Conviasa Boeing 737-200 en route from Barcelona to Caracas
Where: Caracas
When: Sep 16 2010
Who: 97 passengers
Why: On approach to Caracas Venezuela, the plane systems alerted problems with the right engine. Pilots shut down the right engine and made a safe landing.

George’s Point of View

Iberia Emergency Landing in Madrid

What: Iberia/Air Nostrum Canadair CRJ-200 en route from Madrid, to Valencia
Where: Madrid
When: Sep 13th 2010
Why: The plane had successfully taken off from Madrid, then received an alert and returned to Madrid where the crew made a safe landing.

Systems were repaired and the flight resumed an hour and a half later.

Mystery Alerts Ground UPS Flight

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Contact photographer Ben Wang

What: UPS Boeing 747-400 en route from Louisville to Dallas
Where: Louisville
When: April 14 2010
Who: 2 crew
Why: After takeoff, multiple systems failed, and the crew decided to make a cautionary landing. No explanation has been provided any more explicit than generic “multiple system failures” but whatever the problem was, by Wednesday the plane was back in the air.

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