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Air New Zealand Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Auckland

Air New Zealand flight NZ-101 had to return and make an emergency landing in Auckland, New Zealand, on August 20th.

The Boeing 777-200 plane took off for Sydney, Australia, but had to turn back due to an issue with the windshield heating.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Neos Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Delhi

Neos flight NO-279 had to divert and make an emergency landing in Delhi, India, on April 18th.

The Boeing 767-300 plane heading from Phuket, Thailand, to Milan, Italy, was diverted due to an issue with the cabin temperature controller.

The plane landed safely. All passengers and crew members remained unharmed.

Southwest Airlines Plane Diverts to New Mexico due to Strange Odour

Southwest Airlines flight WN-3562 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Albuquerque International Sunport, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, on March 11th.

The Boeing 737-800 flying from Phoenix, Arizona, to Dallas Love, Texas, had to divert due to a strange odour, unusual heat, and electrical smoke in the cabin.

The plane landed safely.

All 140 people aboard remained safe.

SkyWest Airlines Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Palm Springs

SkyWestSkyWest Airlines flight OO-3046 had to return and make an emergency landing in Palm Springs, California, on September 8th.

The plane was heading to Phoenix, Arizona, when the crew decided to turn back due to an engine anti ice light indication suggesting that the system had overheated.

The plane landed safely. All 42 people aboard remained unhurt.

Air Tahiti Plane Makes Emergency Landing in French Polynesia

air tahitiAir Tahiti flight VT-933 made an emergency landing in Papeete, French Polynesia, on June 5th.

The plane was flying from Tubuai, French Polynesia, when the crew received an overheat indication for one of the engines and needed to shut it down.

The plane landed safely. Everyone aboard remained unhurt.

Skywest Airlines Plane Returns to San Francisco

SkyWestSkywest Airlines flight OO-5336 made an emergency landing in San Francisco, California, on April 18th.

The plane was heading to Portland, Oregon, when the crew reported an issue with windshield heating and decided to return.

The plane landed uneventfully. Everyone aboard remained safe.

The airline arranged a replacement plane for the passengers.

American Airlines Plane Returns to Pennsylvania after Engine Shut-down

American AirlinesAmerican Airlines flight AA-1864 had to return and make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport, Pennsylvania, on November 6.

The Airbus A319-100, en-route to Charlotte, North Carolina, had to return due to high oil temperature, forcing the crew to shut one of its engines down mid-air.

The plane landed safely.

All 111 people aboard remained safe.

SriLankan Airlines Plane Stops at Runway in India after Hydraulic Problem

Srilankan airlinesSriLankan Airlines flight UL-125 had to stop at runway 25 of Chennai International Airport, India, on September 10.

The Airbus A330-200, en-route from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to Chennai, had to be stopped before reaching the apron due to over-heated hydraulic system.

The plane landed uneventfully.

All 114 people aboard remained unhurt.

Hot Cows Set off Alarms

Almost 400 cows aboard a Boeing 747 heated the craft up so much they set off the fire alarm. Pilots diverted from their location over the Irish sea, and made a safe landing at Heathrow.

This did not happen April 1st, so we are presuming it is an actual event.

None of the 390 cattle were injured. The carrier may wish to remain nameless as the name of airline involved was not released, perhaps fearing a reduction in cattle bookings. (Yes, this is sarcasm. Cows can’t read and their choice of carrier is not likely to hinge on written emergency reports.)

After landing, maintenance crews checked the plane’s fire alarm system and found no smoke or fire, concluding that cows were the culprits causing excessive heat. We assume none of the cows were smoking.

Melted Tarmac Traps, Delays DC Flight

What: U.S. Airways en route from Reagan National Airport to CHarleston SC
Where: Washington DC
When: July 6, 2012
Who: 35 passengers, 3 crew
Why: As the jet was on the runway, it sank into the hot tarmac, and got stuck. THe cart could not pull the plane with the tires embedded. Everyone aboard disembarked so the jet could get unstuck. Efforts delayed the flight for three hours.

A passenger reported online that there was a jerking motion going back and forth as if something was stuck and preventing the craft from moving, and then passengers waited 45 minutes on the tarmac fir a bus to the terminal.

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.

SAS MD-82 Faces Problems Leaving Madrid

<What: SAS Scandinavian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 en route from Madrid,SP (Spain) to Copenhagen
Where: Madrid
When: Mar 13th 2012
Why: Pilots rejected takeoff when an engine overheated.
The flight which had been deployed as a replacement jet was delayed for a day as mechanical problems were resolved.

Continental Overactive Heater

What: Continental Airlines Boeing 757-200 en route from Newark,NJ to London
Where: Newark
When: Sep 19th 2011
Why: While en route, a cabin sidewall overheated. The crew shut down the local electricity but not before a passenger was burned by the heater. The passenger was treated for minor injuries.

The incident occurred over Charlottetown in Canada. The flight crew returned to Newark and made a safe landing. A replacement Boeing completed the flight fourteen hours later.

So, now I wonder why back in Newark, maintenance deactivated the heater instead of repairing the problem. If it was there in the first place to counter a cold spot, did it not need to be repaired? I am hoping this was just deferred until the plane reached the appropriate hub.

Hot Light in Embraer Emergency landing

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Contact photographer Jonathan Morgan

What: American Eagle Embraer ERJ-145 en route from Montreal to Chicago O’Hare
Where: Toronto
When: May 13 2011
Who: 49 passengers and 3 crew,
Why: When an electrical odor was detected aboard the plane, the pilots diverted to Toronto where they made a safe landing. Passengers did not have to disembark using slides. There were no injuries.

The source of the smell was an overheated fluorescent light

Southwest Boeing Diverts to Oklahoma City

What: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 en route from Kansas City, Mo., to Dallas
Where: east of Oklahoma City
When: May 10th 2011
Who: 44 passengers, 5 crew
Why: While en route, east of Oklahoma City, the plane developed smoke in the cockpit.

The pilot made an emergency landing diverting to Oklahoma city for a safe landing. A replacement jet was provided within two hours.

The smoke was attributed to a malfunctioning windshield heating element.

Continental Safely Lands Hot Plane

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Contact photographer Mark Kryst
What: Continental Airlines Colgan Air de Havilland Dash 8-400 en route from Newark to Montreal .
Where: Burlington,VT
When: Apr 3rd 2009
Who: 33 passengers and 4 crew
Why: The pilot and crew reported high temperatures, requesting diversion to Albany, NY. They shut down the left engine but decided against Albany because of weather (severe precipitation), and landed instead at Burlington,VT.

George’s Point of View

Emergency landings are always a cause for concern. The pilot who responds with a cool head and skill in an emergency situation is to be commended.

What about the maintenance of the plane? Who chose to fly instead of maintain, or to maintain in half-measures? Someone needs to look into this–

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