Smoke in the Cabin Forces American Airlines Flight to Make an Emergency Landing
22:01 GMT 24.10.2021 (Updated: 13:25 GMT 06.08.2022)
© AP Photo / Craig RuttleChristopher Rhoads, Manager of Airport Operations/Aviation at LaGuardia Airport in New York, stands near an American Airlines passenger jet being served at gate 30, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, near newer construction at the airport, part of a multi-year, multi-billion dollar project that will modernize almost the entirety of the airport's departure and arrival terminals.
© AP Photo / Craig Ruttle
American Airlines Flight AA3 was forced to make an emergency landing on Sunday at Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, Wisconsin.
The flight took off from New York's JFK Airport and was en route to Los Angeles’ LAX. The flight was forced to make an emergency landing halfway across the country at 2:19 p.m. because of smoke in the cabin.
According to SKYbrary, common causes of smoke in an aircraft include a short circuit or other electrical equipment failure, overheating of equipment caused by malfunction, a hot air leak from a pneumatic duct, a spillage of combustible fluid, or overheating in a galley oven.
According to a spokesperson, all 190 passengers and crew on board the plane are accounted for and safe. The plane spent five minutes on the runway before being evacuated.
The plane will be held at the Dane County Regional Airport until it has been inspected by American Airlines. Passengers will reportedly be taken to LAX in a separate aircraft.
The plane, an Airbus 321, has one of the safest records of any aircraft family.