What are the details?
SAS flight SK-2761 was en route on its regular schedule from Copenhagen, Denmark to Warsaw, Poland when after takeoff cabin crew reported smoke in the cabin.
The Bombardier CRJ-900LR, carrying 59 passengers and four crew, was turned around and landed in the nearby airport of Malmo, Sweden approx 15 minutes later. All up, the aircraft only flew for just under an hour.
All passengers and crew were evacuated on the runway, but emergency crews failed to find any traces of heat or fire on board the aircraft. Passengers were bussed to the terminal and then given alternative transport arrangements.
What caused the smoke?
According to initial reports from passengers, the crew believes that “a recirculation fan might have seized, causing the smoke.”.
“The aircraft on its way from Copenhagen to Warsaw chose to turn in the air and make a landing at the nearest airport due to smoke odor on the flight deck. The landing was quiet and the passengers did not feel the smell. Passengers were taken care of and received ground transport to Copenhagen where they stayed at hotels overnight before moving on to Warsaw on Friday morning” – Camilla Runberg at SAS press duty to Simple Flying.
This story seems to be similar to another ‘smoke-in-the-cabin’ event which occurred a few days ago in Hawaii. Both this aircraft and the A321neo from the other incident had smoke in the cabin that was systematic of fire nor would have affected the flight (apart from the discomfort of having a cabin full of smoke!).
The aircraft was checked over thoroughly by maintenance crews on the ground and then was returned to service approx 17 hours later. This aircraft in question is actually owned and operated under license by CityJet, a wet-leasing airline that operates services on behalf of Aer Lingus, Air France, and Scandinavian Airlines.
Who is Cityjet
Cityjet operates a fleet of 38 aircraft, with 28 Bombardier CRJ-900LRs and 10 Avro RJ85. The entire fleet of Bombardier aircraft are leased exclusively to SAS and are operated by Cityjet crew in SAS uniforms.
SAS actually wet-leases 43 aircraft from various firms for their regional routes, a list of aircraft which includes nine Airbus A320neos, nine ATR 72-600s and 28 Bombardier CRJ-900LRs.
With SAS’s plans to overhaul their fleet and make it exclusively Airbus over the next few years (they recently put in an order for 50 Airbus A320neos) it is unknown what future CityJet will have with the airline.
The Bombardier CRJ-900LR is actually a stretched version of the CRJ-700 and can carry 76-90 passengers to a range of 1,553 NM / 2,876 km. This makes the aircraft perfect for regional routes, or point to point low capacity routes such as demark to warsaw that might not be suitable for a bigger Airbus or Boeing aircraft. Additional benefits are the fact that the aircraft is much cheaper than a bigger Airbus A318 and easier to make profitable on smaller routes.
What do you think about this situation? Did the cabin crew make the right call? Let us know in the comments..