United Pilots Extinguish Cockpit Fire, Make Successful Emergency Landing
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Staying cool under pressure, a United Express flight crew put out a cockpit fire, then made a successful emergency landing Friday, ABC News reported with the assistance of the Associated Press.
CommutAir flight 4776, a Dash 8 turboprop commuter plane with 36 passengers aboard had taken off from Newark Liberty International Airport, bound for Hartford, Conn. According to CommutAir spokesman Joel Raymond, at around 12:15 p.m. when the flight was about 15 miles north of Hartford, the report of a fire occurred.
"We have a fire in the cockpit," the pilot said in recordings obtained by ABC News. "We're going to declare an emergency."
After controllers reply and tell the pilot to commence descent, the pilot said, in part, "… got some smoke in the cockpit. We have, uh, there is a flame but I think we'll be able to get it on the ground quickly. We have a visual."
In a combined statement, United and CommutAir said to ABC News that the crew swiftly put out the fire and landed safely. They also said all passengers and crew were safely evacuated from the aircraft and bused to the terminal.
"We are very thankful for the quick response of our flight crew to ensure the safety of our passengers," the airlines said. Regarding the aircraft itself, they said to ABC News, it “has been removed from service and will undergo a thorough maintenance evaluation."
The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately clear, but ABC News said the NTSB is investigating.
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