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Nordica Flight Rejects Takeoff due to Smoke Detector Warning

Nordica flight LO-8179 had to reject takeoff from Tallinn Airport, Estonia, on June 5th.

The plane was accelerating to takeoff for Amsterdam, Netherlands, when the crew received a smoke detector warning and rejected takeoff.

The plane stopped safely.

The passengers were evacuated onto the runway.

Volaris Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing at Veracruz International Airport

Volaris Airlines flight Y4-714 made an emergency landing at Veracruz International Airport, Mexico, on October 25th.

The Airbus A321-200 plane heading from Mexico City to Cancun, Mexico, was diverted due to a smoke detector indication.

The plane landed safely.

One passenger suffered a nervous breakdown and was rushed to a hospital. Two others were treated at the airport.

Cathay Dragon Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Hong Kong

Cathay Dragon flight KA-296 made an emergency landing in Hong Kong, China, on June 16th.

The Airbus A320-200 plane flying from Hanoi, Vietnam, was descending toward Hong Kong when the crew noticed smell of smoke in the cockpit and requested priority landing.

The plane landed safely. There were one hundred and fifty-nine people aboard at the time; all of them remained unharmed.

PSA Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Dayton, Ohio

PSA Airlines flight AA-5390 had to return for an emergency landing in Dayton, Ohio, on March 23rd.

The Canadair CRJ-200 plane took off for Charlotte, North Carolina, but had to turn back after the crew received a smoke detector indication.

The plane landed uneventfully. There were 52 people aboard at the time; all of them remained safe.

Air Peace Flight Returns to Port Harcourt, Nigeria after Smoke Indication

air peaceAir Peace flight 4P-7191 had to return and make an emergency landing at Port Harcourt International Airport in Nigeria, on March 12th.

The plane took off for Lagos, Nigeria, but had to return shortly afterwards due to a smoke detector indication.

The Boeing 737-500 plane landed safely. No injuries were reported.

The airline said the smoke indication turned out to be false.

American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Wichita

American eagleAn American Eagle flight made an emergency landing at Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas, on March 7th.

The Embraer jet, heading from Grand Island, Nebraska, to Dallas, Texas, had to be diverted after a smoke detector went off in the baggage compartment.

The plane landed safely. All 55 people on-board remained unhurt.

No evidence of fire was found upon inspection.

Hainan Airlines Plane Diverts to China due to Smoke Detector Indication

Hainan AirlinesA Hainan Airlines flight HU-498 had to divert and make an emergency landing at Harbin Taiping International Airport, Harbin, China, on November 8.

The Boeing 787-800 was en-route from Illinois, to Beijing, China, when the crew decided to divert to Harbin due to a smoke indication in passenger cabin.

The plane landed safely. The smoke indication later turned out to be false.

All passengers aboard remained unharmed.

Eastern Airways Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Aberdeen

Eastern AirwaysEastern Airways flight T3 588 made an emergency landing at Aberdeen Airport in Scotland, on May 11.

According to an airline spokesperson, “On approach to Aberdeen, the captain of flight T3 588 from Durham Tees Valley received a cockpit warning indication relating to the smoke detector system in the toilet… The Saab 2000 aircraft with 26 passengers and four crew landed safely at 9.28pm… After landing, passengers disembarked via the aircraft steps on the runway as the airport fire service inspected the aircraft.”

No one was injured in the incident.

E- Cigarette Prompts Southwest Jet Emergency Landing in Baltimore

southwest_airlines_logoSouthwest Airlines flight 3654 had to make an emergency landing in Baltimore, Maryland, on December 10.

The decision for emergency landing was made after a smoke detector set off. The plane was en-route from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

The Boeing 737 landed uneventfully and all 118 passengers and 5 crew members remained unhurt.

The airline said in a statement that the fire detector went off after a passenger used an e-cigarette in the lavatory.

Update on United 777 Diversion to Henderson Field Airport Midway Atoll.


United Airlines revealed what went wrong on Flight 201.

A problem with the equipment supply cooling fan on board the Boeing 777 caused the problems which required the pilots to divert to Midway to land there in the dark. The passengers waited in a gym until the replacement flight arrived.

The plane that flew in to Midway to pick up the passengers also brought parts and a repair crew. The plane with the bad fan was fixed, and returned from Midway Island back to San Francisco.

In fact, it was returned to service.

Now we’d like to hear about the passengers getting their luggage back.

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Tam Airbus Diverts to Miami

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Contact photographer Paul Guinea

What: TAM Linhas Aereas Airbus A330-200 en route from Orlando,FL to Sao Paulo Brazil
Where: Miami
When: July 19th 2011
Why: While en route, the odor of smoke was detected.

The crew diverted the flight to Miami where they made a safe landing less than half an hour after smoke was detected.

Seven hours later, hopefully after a good inspection, the flight continued to Sao Paulo.

Smoking Phone Diverts International Flight

What: American Airlines Boeing 767-300 flight AA199 en route from Milan to New York
Where: Shannon
When: Sept 13 2010
Who: 167 passengers
Why: While the plane was en route, a passenger was charging his cell phone, which started overheating, which set off the fire alarm in the lavatory. The flight diverted to Shannon, where it made a safe landing.

Fire crews at Shannon were on standby during the emergency landing. Airport aircraft maintenance company engineers examined the plane and discovered the melted phone.

Annoying Alarm Causes Diversion to Cologne

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Contact photographer Benjamin Exenberger

What: Lufthansa Airbus A340-600 en route from Munich to Los Angeles,CA
Where: Netherlands
When: Aug 20th 2010
Who: 302 passengers, 17 crew
Why: While en route, a smoke detector went off. The crew diverted to Cologne where they made a safe landing. The fire apparently originated in the hold though it was a lavatory alarm. No indication if the fight was continued on the same plane or if the passengers were rebooked on an alternative flight.

Aberdeen: Eastern Airways Lands with Faulty Engine Fire/Alarm

Pictured: AN Eastern Airways Saab 2000 in Manchester on August 29, 2009
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Contact photographer Stewart Andrew

What: Eastern Airways Saab 2000 en route from Bergen to Aberdeen
Where: Aberdeen
When: Feb 21st 2010
Who: 8 passengers and 3 crew
Why: A quarter hour before approach to Aberdeen, systems detected a fire in the left engine.

The crew shut the engine down and proceeded to land safely at Aberdeen with emergency crews on standby.

The shutdown was attributed to a faulty fire alarm.

Smoke causes British Airways Diversion to Dusseldorf

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Contact photographer Ole Simon

What: British Airways Airbus A320-200 en route from Budapest to London
Where: Dusseldorf
When: Feb 3 2010
Why: While en route, a smoke detector went off. The crew diverted the plane to Dusseldorf and made a safe landing. Passengers evacuated safely. The flight was cancelled, and passengers were rebooked on a Lufthansa flight. The cancellation was called a precautionary measure.

Smoke Detector Flawed

Pictured: Continental Express (ExpressJet Airlines) Embraer EMB-145LR (ERJ-145LR) at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, Montreal
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Contact photographer F. Camirand

What: Continental Airlines/Expressjet Embraer ERJ-145 en route from Houston to Albuquerque
Where: Albuquerque
When: Jan 1st 2010
Who: 53 aboard
Why: On landing in Albuquerque, the smoke detector went off. The landing was uneventful; and maintenance determined that the alarm was defective.

Flybe Smoke Alarm Goes OFF

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Contact photographer Gerry Hill

What: Flybe Dash 8-400 en route from London to Isle of Man
Where: Manchester
When: Dec 16th 2009
Who: 45 passengers
Why: While en route, the plane received a smoke alert, and diverted to Manchester, where they made a safe landing.

Passengers were provided hotel accommodations when the rest of the flight was cancelled.

Southwest Emergency landing in Tampa

What: Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 en route from Orlando,FL to Denver,CO
Where: Tampa
When: Sep 7th 2009
Who: 129 (124 passengers and 5 crew)
Why: After the smoke indicator lights indicated the possibility of smoke, and smoke in the cabin was confirmed by fire crews, the flight landed in Tampa and passengers debarked via emergency slides (which caused a few minor injuries.) However a Southwest spokesperson denied there was smoke, and claimed that the emergency landing was a precaution. But passengers reported a strong smell of smoke, and that the fire alarm had gone off in the lavatory.

George’s Point of View

Hmm. Someone smoking in the bathroom?

IndiGo Airbus Lands with Engine Fire

An Indigo Airbus arriving from Delhi
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Contact Photographer Sunandan Subramaniam

What: IndiGo Airbus A320-200 en route from Bangalore to New Delhi India
Where: Hyderabad
When: Sep 1st 2009
Who: 99 aboard
Why: While over Hyderabad, smoke was seen coming from an engine, and the fire alert went off. The plane managed a safe landing. It was not noted if the passengers debarked normally, or by slides, but no injuries were reported.

Horizon Jet Emergency Landing in Medford Oregon

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Contact Photographer Thomas Piskol

What: Horizon Airlines CRJ700 Bombardier en route from Portland to Los Angeles
Where: Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport
When: August 14, 2009 9:30 AM (Departing at 11:05 AM)
Who: 60 passengers, 4 crew
Why: The official report said that the flight crew declared an emergency because of smoke in the cabin. Horizon Air says that cabin temperatures were too high and smoke never appeared in the cabin–that the plane landed for the comfort of the passengers, who debarked from the plane into the terminal as the plane was being worked on.

No explanation has been offered regarding the discrepancy of the explanations: (smoke vs no smoke.) With no further information, one can speculate that the incident may be akin to a home fire alarm going off due to the alarm alerting to ions in the air when the dryer is running.

The customer service, of course, contrasts with the recent Continental plane grounded overnight at a closed airport, where the passengers were held in the plane until the terminal opened at 6: 30 am.

Jetways Boeing Diverts to Baku due to Smoke Alarm

Contact photographer Kevin Gutt
What: Boeing-777-300 ER passenger jet owned by India’s JetWays en route from Delhi to London
Where: emergency landing at Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku Azerbaijan
When: May 2nd 2009
Who: 262 passengers and 15 crew
Why: A fire alert went off in the hold, indicating smoke some four hours into the flight. The plane diverted to Baku and passengers debarked. Apparently whatever the problem was was solved quickly, (false alarm) because the next day passengers apparently continued on their way on the same plane seven hours later.

Smoke forces 2nd American Eagle Emergency Landing

What: American Eagle flight 3890 en route from the Cedar Rapids Eastern Iowa Airport
Where: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
When: 12:44 p.m
Who: 51 people on board
Why: 300 feet from the runway, a sensor indicated smoke in the cargo compartment, flight 3890 landed safely in Dallas.

Incidentally, American Airlines flight 2461 issued an alert Thursday after smoke was detected.

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