Hkdragon2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2350 times:
CNN just broke into its election coverage to report on an Air-Tran DC9 which made an emergency landing at Atlanta. No word on where the plane was enroute from or to, but the pilots apparently reported smoke in the cockpit and the plane seems to have been evacuated on the runway or an adjoining taxiway. Fire-trucks were in attendance and there was smoke or condensation visible in the air alongside the plane... Anybody have more details?
AA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6077 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2301 times:
You know, not to be negative or sarcastic, but this airline just does not have the luck.
First, let's look at the Flight 592 disaster, that happened on my birthday, May 11. That was due to a fire.
Then they had that 717 make an emergency landing due to electrical problems/shorting out, which could have become a fire hazard.
Now they've had another fire issue.
I don't have any problem at all with low cost carriers- I love Southwest and would not hesitate to fly them again. But Airtran/Valujet is a line that I have zero confidence in. They made a good choice to go with those 717's, and in my opinion they can't move them in fast enough. Those DC-9s are WAY WAY WAY past their prime.
Don't get me wrong here either- the DC-9 is my favorite plane. Legend's DC-9's are fitted with cargo hold fire detection AND supression systems. But AFAIK AirTran hasn't done this.
Cactusa319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (14 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2283 times:
A 717 had electrical probs.? Hadn't heard of that one. I did hear about another DC-9 making an emergency landing at GSO a few months back because of major smoke in the cockpit. The pilots later said they barely made it back to the airport because the smoke was so thick. I think it was an electical fire of some sort. Very scary.