"Precautionary landings involving national and international flights have been made in the last 30 days...."
Within days of the [Comair] crash, unrelated flights were diverted due to SMOKE IN THE COCKPITS. WHY AREN'T THE MEDIA REPORTING THIS PATTERN? This could not possibly be a random coincidence. Search the news for smoke in cockpit, and you will see that a cluster of smoke in cockpit incidents and diverted flights occurred in the hours and days surrounding the crash.
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SURE ENOUGH ...
Check it out yourselves with a Google search:
Smoke in cockpit diverts jet full of 300
Aug. 28, 2006. 04:57 PM
HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. (CP) — An Egyptair passenger flight carrying more than 300 people was diverted to a Labrador airport Monday after smoke was detected in the cockpit.
The Boeing 777 that departed from Cairo for New York had to make an emergency landing in Goose Bay, said Kevin Aylward, CEO of Goose Bay Airport Corp.
The plane landed safely and maintenance crews quickly repaired it, Aylward said.
No fire was found and no one aboard was injured, he added.
"Any detection of smoke and the airlines are automatically landing at the first airport that they can land at," Aylward said in an interview.
"In a situation like that, the response that the airlines have taken is that they just play it safe."
The flight was expected to resume its trip to New York later Monday.
Transport Canada was called in to investigate, Aylward said.
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Precautionary landings involving national and international flights have been made in the last 30 days. These incidents may reinforce concerns about the state of electrical wiring and systems in the fleet expressed at the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) sunshine hearing Aug. 22-23 into the TWA Flight 800 accident (see ASW, Aug. 28). On Aug. 8 an AirTran DC-9 landed minutes after takeoff. The crew reported smoke in the cockpit. Damaged wiring was found in the bulkhead separating the cockpit from the cabin (Poly-X was most probably the general purpose wiring installed in the airplane; this insulation is known for its propensity to smoke heavily under arcing/fire conditions). The NTSB is investigating.
On August 25 an American Airlines [AMR] B767 enroute from London's Heathrow International Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport with 160 passengers and 12 crew aboard experienced an acrid odor in the cockpit about 500 miles out from Goose Bay, Canada, where the crew executed a precautionary landing. According to the carrier, the crew "ran the checklist for such an event that cleared the smoke and everything was under control." A malfunction in the electronics and equipment (E&E) bay caused the divert. Maintenance personnel replaced a static inverter, one of several on the airplane that convert DC to AC power. As an additional precaution, the forward equipment- cooling fan also was changed out, according to a carrier official. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating the incident.