HAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2585 posts, RR: 52 Posted (8 years 5 months 3 weeks ago) and read 3886 times:
Last night I was working Hawaiian flight 2 into LAX. We were about three hours late (mechanical probs), and when we were approaching the California coast, we heard an Alaska flight declare an emergency for smoke in the cockpit. They dove back to LAX and landed parallel to us - they were on 25R and we were on 24R. We both landed at about 11:45pm local. Does anyone with connections at AS know what happened? They taxiied back to the gate under their own power and didn't seem too much in a hurry.
As we approached the coast we could see the huge brush fire north of the LA basin, and flew through some of its smoke, which was definitely a noticeable smell during descent. Was it possible that was what they smelled?
One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
Skookum From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3679 times:
Quoting HAL (Thread starter): As we approached the coast we could see the huge brush fire north of the LA basin, and flew through some of its smoke, which was definitely a noticeable smell during descent. Was it possible that was what they smelled?
Highly possible; I believe an AC 'bus made an emergency landing at YVR after flying through the smoke of the massive Tatoosh fire here in the pacific northwest a week ago or so, also declaring smoke in the cockpit. No onboard cause was found.
Sorry, should have been a little more clear on that. They apparently took off, made a pass with gear down, and then returned. They were towed to the gate (C15 I believe) and escorted with two Port trucks and two fire trucks.