A Delta Airlines flight from Orlando International Airport to Washington D.C. on the morning of May 6 was forced to return to Orlando after crew and passengers smelled smoke from what was eventually traced to an electrical short. Passengers and crew members began smelling smoke shortly after the MD-88 took off from OIA, and when they could not find the source, they turned around and landed safely. The flight took off on schedule at 10:55 a.m. and landed without incident at 11:19 a.m.
Delta officials had hoped to have the aircraft back in the air by 3:00 for a scheduled flight that afternoon, but had to keep the plane grounded when personnel could not find the source of the smoke.
Delta spokesman Anthony Black said that safety officials concentrated their efforts on the aircraft’s electrical system.
“We assumed that we’d be able to find it and fix it in short order and be on our way,” he said. However, the plane was still grounded later that evening. Delta staff members scrambled to find ways to transport the fight’s 116 passengers to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport before the end of the day.
If you’ve flown anywhere in a commercial aircraft, you know that air travel can be an adventure. However, the folks who bought tickets for this flight were inconvenienced much more than the average air traveler is. Fortunately, this aircraft and its passengers were able to return quickly and safely to Orlando International Airport without further incident. However, many passengers refuse to fly on older aircraft like the MD-88 due to its age and concerns about safety inspections. In recent years, more and more airlines have begun conducting mandatory safety inspections in other countries to save money. These countries have lower wages and may or may not adhere to strict FAA safety standards.
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