CHARLOTTE- American Airlines (AA) Boeing 737 operating flight AA1616 from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Kansas City, Missouri, with 171 passengers on board reported smoke in the cabin.
During the initial climb at an altitude of FL310 after departing from Charlotte, the flight crew decided to return to Charlotte.
American Airlines 737 Smoke
They reported smoke inside the cabin, which they suspected was a result of an engine (CFM56) #2 compressor stall.
Despite the engine still running, the smoke had gradually dissipated. The aircraft safely landed back on runway 36L at Charlotte approximately 50 minutes after taking off.
The aircraft involved in the incident is a Boeing 737-800, registered as N815NN. Further, it is 13.8 years old and is powered by CFMI engines.
Florida-based ULCC Spirit Airlines (NK) Airbus A320-operated flight from Orlando (MCO) to Bogota (BOG) made a precautionary landing at Fort Lauderdale (FLL) due to smoke inside the cabin.
The incident occurred on 3 August 2023; the smoke in the cabin injured around four cabin crew.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) categorizes the incident as a Minor. Now, let us establish the timeline using FlighRadar24 data.
The Spirit Airlines flight NK1921 took off from Orlando International Airport (ORD) at 3:00 PM UTC. It turned back after being airborne for almost one hour and 20 minutes.
The flight was over the Caribbean Sea when smoke filled the cabin. The flight diverted to Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and landed safely at around 5:36 PM UTC.
The aircraft involved in the incident is Airbus A320neo, registered as N917NK. Further, it is a 3.7-year-old aircraft; Airbus delivered it to Spirit in 2019.
Further, the aircraft has been grounded at FLL since this incident.
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