05 Apr '11, 2am

Mid-air Scares, part 1: United Airways Airbus forced to return to airport minutes into flight after instruments fail

Mid-air Scares, part 1: United Airways Airbus forced to return to airport minutes into flight after instruments fail

Less than 13 minutes after its departure, the Airbus 320 carrying 100 passengers and five crew members landed safely at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. -- PHOTO: AP KENNER (Louisiana) - FIRST there was a report of smoke in the cockpit shortly after the Monday morning takeoff. Then the pilot of United Airlines Flight 497 from New Orleans to San Francisco reported instruments had stopped working, even as he requested a runway for his return. Less than 13 minutes after its departure, the Airbus 320 carrying 100 passengers and five crew members landed safely at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said. Copilot Ronald Lee Young told an Associated Press reporter aboard the plane that he landed on backup systems, with minimal steering and braking ability, after the plane lost all electronics. A pilot can be heard ...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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