Airplane Forced to Return to Airport

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

Passengers bound for Minneapolis, on Northwest Airlines flight 619, Sunday morning weren't in the air very long.

"The flight departed on time, and upon departure the crew did report there was smoke in the cockpit," says Nicole Noll, Director of Regional Market Development for the Capital City Airport.

The NWA flight returned safely back to the airport roughly 20 minutes later.

"There were 102 passengers on board and all [the] passengers did come off the aircraft shortly after eight. And all of them have been rebooked, rescheduled, either, for later today or for tomorrow."

Noll says there were no reports of injuries.

"There have been occasions in the past, maybe, with private or corporate aircrafts that have returned back due to smoke in the cockpit, and [in] those situations the aircraft has landed safely and the passengers have gotten off the aircraft with no problems."

Mechanics have been working on the DC9-50 airplane. And it's scheduled to be ferried out to Detroit. The source of the smoke is still unknown. News 10 made repeated attempts to contact NWA, but our phones calls were not returned.


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  • by Todd Location: Lansing on Jul 30, 2007 at 09:00 AM
    I was on that plane. I waited four hours before Northworst told us what was going on after we returned, then gave me a $10 voucher for my trouble. Thanks NW never again!
  • by See Ya Location: MSP on Jul 25, 2007 at 05:09 AM
    Facts are facts, has nothing to do with scab maintenance. In fact these comments suggest that this never happened in the past when union mechanics worked the aircraft. What a bunch of crap. Its and old plabe with old engines. Its a machine,machines break no matter who is working on them. Sending work overseas...I guess airlines overseas are not as good? NWA sends work to Singapore. Singapore Airlines is one of the worlds best. Scabs are not qualified to work on the airplanes ? Please people, grow up, a lot of the scabs are former union members that crossed that joke of a picket line!
  • by Bob Location: Memphis on Jul 25, 2007 at 04:25 AM
    I will not fly them (NorthWORST) nor allow my family to fly them because of their bad aircraft maintenance record in the last two years.
  • by Deborah Location: New York on Jul 25, 2007 at 04:22 AM
    When we heard that they had locked out their own vereran aircraft mechanics and spent hundreds of millions of dollars hireing scab low trained replacements third party vendors and low bidder type subcontractors we knew the end of Northwest was near. Just who is making up these stupid ideas on the upper level at Northwest??? We shall not be flying them UNTIL they get every one of their real aircraft mechanics back on their jobs where they belong and end their war against their locked our aircraft repair personal.
  • by walbrough Location: msp on Jul 24, 2007 at 07:04 PM
    DC-9's pratt whitney jt 8 engines relics of the 1960"s run to thier death and still being used too bad the flying public only cares about CHEAP
  • by gaffer Location: msp on Jul 24, 2007 at 07:02 PM
    NWA wins the race to the bottom,, scab maintenance at its best.
  • by dusty Location: st.paul on Jul 24, 2007 at 11:47 AM
    the flying public choose to fly an airline which places more importance on the bottom line than on professionally qualified maintenance personnel to ficilitate proper repair to aircraft in a daily schedule in a constant state of flux. hey folks---i don't want to burst your bubble but the scabs on northworst's payrole are not qualified to repair their aircraft. i know what it takes to do the job and they don't got it. (professional integrity)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by JOHN Location: MPLS on Jul 24, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    What do you expect with an airline that sends most of the work overseas and has SCABS trying to be mechanics.....
  • by Dee Location: Lansing on Jul 23, 2007 at 02:03 AM
    Here is more negative news for the airport that is highly over priced and the service is horrible. This is the reasons I will never fly out of Lansing again.
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