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Flight to Kona returns to LAX after reports of smoke in cockpit

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:27 a.m. HST, May 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES >> A United Airlines flight has arrived safely back at Los Angeles International Airport after smoke was reported in the cockpit and cabin during a flight to Hawaii.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says United flight 1296 landed without incident at 11:38 a.m. Saturday, about three hours after it took off.

United spokesman Charles Hobart says nobody was hurt.

The Boeing 757 was headed for Kona International Airport with about 150 people on board when the smoke was reported by crew members.

Fire Department engines and ambulances sent to the airport as a precaution were released after the safe landing.

Hobart says passengers will be transferred to other flights and the aircraft will undergo a thorough inspection by maintenance crews.

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cojef wrote:
Turned back before point of no return arrived on a 5 and half hour flight? Appears like they were out an hour and half and turned back since it was 3 hours altogether.
on May 10,2014 | 11:45AM
SueH wrote:
The smoke appeared just about the time meal service commenced.....Did someone burn something in the microwave??? Oh, wait....airlines don't serve real food anymore.
on May 10,2014 | 12:55PM
environmental_lady wrote:
Smoke in the cockpit wouldn't come from the microwave. More likely some faulty electric wiring. United Airline is notorious for poor maintenance. Remember the cargo door that blew off back in 1987 sucking nine passengers out to the dark ocean below. This time folks on the plane were lucky to return unharmed. Eighteen years ago on Mothers Day, May 11, 1996, ValueJet also had a fire in the cabin and cockpit and all plunged to their deaths in the Everglades. Eerie reminder!
on May 10,2014 | 08:24PM
SueH wrote:
Of course I know the smoke wouldn't have come from a microwave! Lighten up! It was a joke. I've been an aircraft mechanic and pilot for over 40 years and I'm well aware of the United cargo door incident. The aftermath prompted an Airworthiness Directive that resulted in changes to the sequencing and latching mechanism of the doors. The incident had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING
on May 11,2014 | 08:17AM
SueH wrote:
United's cargo door problem had nothing at all to do with faulty maintenance and prompted the issuance of an Airworthiness Directive to alter the latching and sequencing mechanism of cargo doors on 747s. Value Jet's crash was caused by chemical oxygen generators improperly loaded and transported in the cargo hold of the aircraft. Smoke may have made its way into the cabin and cockpit, but it came from the cargo bay.
on May 11,2014 | 08:22AM
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