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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A US Airways flight from Charlotte to Wilmington was delayed this morning after reports of smoke on board. Passengers say while getting the on-board safety briefing, they noticed smoke in the plane.

“Basically everything was OK when we first got on,” Gail Beckstein, a passenger on Flight 2301, said after landing in Wilmington on a different aircraft about 22 minutes behind schedule. “Within a couple minutes, though, it appeared the cabin was filling up with smoke. The flight attendant, who was very professional, said, ‘Everybody off. Get out of your seats. Leave your belongings, and just get off the plane.'”

US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says the three-member crew decided to have the flight’s 25 passengers go back into the terminal and board a different plane. Mohr said it was not an emergency situation.

That wasn’t the case later, though. After crews at CLT checked out the plane, US Airways decided to put it back into service for an 11:20 a.m. flight to Charlottesville, VA. After taking off, the jet filled with smoke again and had to return to the airport.

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2015 years 8 months ago

Better on the ground then at 30,000 feet!
I have worked in the Aviation business for more then 25 years. Believe me…quality checks/rechecks/and more rechecks prior to take off are becoming a gradual procedure fading into the grey. The pilots are at the mercy of the on board computerized devices to assure all is well…after they themselves inspect the outside of the plane for visual defects (kick the tires so to speak) along with the approval of the mechanics at hand.
Recent developments of an airliner where the fuselage tiles flew off in flight…tires blowing out at landing…are unexcused!!
Yes…anything can and will happen…but a lot of these aircraft in the current “Active Fleet Status” are closely approaching retirement age due from stress on their aerodynamic design (wear and tear), but being as well built as they are and were…they will warn you ahead of time…if possible. Such was this case at CLT. Pilots aren’t the only ones over worked in the airline industry.
One word of advice to the bean counters within the airline industry’s higher-ups…”You will get your money from airfares/airline mergers/employee pay cuts…but don’t push safety onto the back burner just to speed up time schedules and financial assurance”.
It just isn’t worth the risk to living human beings.

2015 years 8 months ago

The name of the airline wasn’t listed until the very end of the article. Also, the picture is blurred. Is that even a US Air plane or just a stock photo. Getting off a plane in Charlotte one time I noticed a tire was frayed. Told the pilot but he didn’t react of course. Didn’t make me feel safe.


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