Smoke in cabin forces airplane to land in KC
Published Monday, February 4, 2008
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A United flight from Washington to San Francisco made an emergency landing in Kansas City today after smoke was reported in the cabin area.
United Flight 871 landed safely about 10:20 a.m., said Joe McBride, spokesman for Kansas City International Airport.
The flight was diverted because of smoke in the cabin area, said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy. She said no injuries were reported.
She said United maintenance crews were inspecting the aircraft, a Boeing 767, to determine the source of the smoke. The 215 passengers were being put on other flights, and United also was bringing in another aircraft for the remaining passengers, she said.
In September, the National Transportation Safety Board issued two safety recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration asking the agency to require the installation of redesigned window heating systems in all Boeing 747, 757, 767 and 777 series aircraft. The recommendations have not been implemented, the NTSB said Friday.
McCarthy said United was not commenting on the NTSB findings.
“Its too early to speculate on exactly what happened,” McCarthy said.