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CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:52 am

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Continental Airlines flight 216 from Houston to Minneapolis was diverted to Oklahoma City Thursday morning after flight attendants smelled smoke in the galley.

Will Rogers World Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney said the Boeing 737, carrying 75 people, landed without injury.

Carney said airport and Oklahoma City firefighters found no evidence of fire inside the plane. She also said maintenance workers at the airport now believe the odor was caused by a cleaning fluid in the galley.

Carney said officials with Houston-based Continental are now examining the plane to determine if it's safe to continue the flight. But they've summoned another jet in case problems are found.

She said if the second jet is used, it could carry about 50 people and the remaining passengers would be booked on other Continental flights from Oklahoma City to Minneapolis.
 
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:55 am

Does anyone know what type 737 it was?

Not very many PAX on board!

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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:58 am

735? that would be 70% load...
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 2:59 am

Looks like it is normally a 737-500 but not exactly sure about today.
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 3:01 am

It's a -500 series, and it is on its way to MSP as we speak, due to arrive at 1412. Checked it out...non-issue.
 
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 3:05 am

Confirmed. They use 735s, currently with 6/106 (will become 8/106).

75/112=67% load.

Flight 216 is IAH-OKC-MSP, and it was the OKC-MSP segment that became delayed (aircraft replaced with EMB145, which they also use on the IAH-OKC router). Loads IAH-OKC may be higher than the continuing segment to MSP.
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 3:44 am

Interesting that the only spare they had available to send was an ERJ...

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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 3:59 am

The 735s are being modified, so maybe they don't have as many available.

They also run an ERJ on IAH-MSP, so they might have calculated the replacement as an ERJ based on today's bookings. It was 3.5 hours delayed, so the next code share flight with NW was pending.

According to COs own website, the plane did not just continue on as Ramp said. It says "Aircraft Replaced" on the status page for 216. Unless Ramp knows otherwise...

It is supposed to arrive in 10 minutes or so, so maybe we'll find out at the MSP end.
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 9:48 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 5):
Flight 216 is IAH-OKC-MSP

CO216 ops IAHMSP nonstop... OKC was the diversion. Orig aircraft was Ship 654, a 735. If the flight swapped to an ERJ for the continuation on to MSP, the software has no provision for that. Thus it still shows Ship 654 all the way though.
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RE: CO Diverts For Smoke In Cabin

Fri May 27, 2005 9:28 pm

Hi Guys, I hate to beat a dead horse, but its a day later, and maybe we can put this to rest! FLIFO still shows flt 216 IAH-MSP operating with ship 654. It diverted to OKC, then continued to MSP arriving a bit tardy at 1409. The aircraft then operated flight 171 from MSP to EWR, arriving at 1859. It goes to RDU this morning.

They may have originally planned to swap it out to an RJ, but apparently they decided to stick with the original A/C.

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