United Flight Over Pacific Ocean Makes Emergency Landing, Burning Smell ReportedPosted: July 12, 2014
CNN WIRE SERVICE reports: A youngster described on social media how “something was on fire” on a harrowing United Airlines flight Friday over the Pacific Ocean that the FAA said was forced to land on Midway Island because of an electrical odor on board.
The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to Guam when it was forced to land and spend seven hours on the Pacific atoll, said United spokeswoman Mary Clark. A replacement aircraft later carried everyone back to Hawaii on Friday, she said.
When explicitly asked Saturday whether the disturbing smell was smoke or something burning, Clark described the incident as an odor in the cabin.
But one passenger, a minor, tweeted about parts of the incident, including how the “flight attendant said there’s a burning smell in the cockpit…. (expletive) what?”
At one point, the plane dipped dramatically, he said.
“(T)he lights kept going on and off randomly and the plane dipped hella fast, I’m like holy (expletive) I’m about to die, I was shaking…,” the youth wrote. CNN isn’t identifying the minor, who also videotaped how passengers were sweltering on the plane, apparently after the emergency landing.
The flight attendants were scared during the flight too, he said.
Another passenger, Karen Von-Merveldt Guevara of Sedona, Arizona, said the pilot spoke of smoke and failure to the radar and other systems.
“The captain said there was smoke in the cockpit and the radar failed and other electronic systems were failing, so they had to land. I think they landed old-school. They did an amazing job to get there safely,” Von-Merveldt said.
“At one point there was one drop of about 40 feet. After that turbulence, it got really silent. I thought everybody was praying, and we were coming in on the wings of faith. We were all praying,” Von-Merveldt told CNN.
Both passengers said an odor emanated even before the plane took off….(read more)
- United flight diverted to Midway (ky3.com)
- United Airlines plane makes emergency landing on Midway Island (7online.com)
- Flight Makes Emergency Landing on Island in Pacific Ocean After Burning Smell Reported (eastidahonews.com)
- United 777 Diverts to Midway Island After Burning Smell Reported (abcnews.go.com)
- Mid-Flight In-Air Close Calls For Two Passenger Jets (fggam.org)