Smoke causes two planes to be grounded on Feb. 2 after passengers report a fog-like substance seeping into the cabins and cockpits. Smoke forced a Boeing 777 headed to Germany from Virginia’s Dulles International to land prematurely.
Passengers were complaining of smoke in the cabin, which led to the flight being cut short. The more than 200 travelers were housed in a hotel while the flight was rescheduled for Saturday. Some members of the crew were checked for smoke inhalation, but no issues were found.
A second plane, a Boeing 737-800 slated to go from Philadelphia to Salt Lake City on Saturday morning never left the ground. The pilot reported detecting smoke in the cockpit. The smoke was not due to a fire.
The plane returned to the gate so the passengers could get off and be placed on a rescheduled flight Saturday.
The recent aviation smoke problems could be similar to the one that Spirit Airlines Flight 365 experienced in October when had to return to New Orleans after a smoke was detected.
“Smoke just started coming everywhere,” she said. “It’s coming out of the cockpit, it’s coming everywhere,” Latasha Banks said. She said the plane was in the air about 15 minutes when she smelled smoke.
“All the attendants were running around, trying to figure out where the smoke was coming from,” said her husband, Joseph. “Finally, the pilot said, ‘We’re turning this around.”
The plane landed carrying 86 passengers landed safely. No injuries were reported. Spirit spokeswoman Misty Pinson said in an email that the decision to return to New Orleans was a “safety precaution.”
In all three incidents, it was never determined why smoked entered the planes.