Hawaii-Bound Flight Returns to LAX After Smoke Reported in Cabin
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A Delta Airlines pilot who reported smoke aboard his Hawaii-bound airliner turned it around shortly after takeoff Thursday and made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.
No one was injured and passengers walked off the Lockheed L-1011 at an airport boarding gate without using emergency chutes, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elly Brekke.
Delta Flight 1571, en route to Maui with 278 people aboard, was over the Pacific Ocean about 30 miles west of the airport when the pilot reported smoke, Brekke said. He requested permission to return to the airport immediately, she said.
″The pilot turned around, dumped fuel over the ocean and returned straight to the airport,″ Brekke said.
Delta spokeswoman Glenda Hatchett-Johnson said one of the plane’s flight crew checked the passenger section after a smoke alarm sounded and discovered ″what he called a thin haze in the air″ toward the back of the plane.
″Just to be safe the crew decided to return to the airport,″ she said.
The cause of the smoke had not been determined by late afternoon, said Fred O’Donnell, an FAA spokesman in Los Angeles.