All passengers and crew on board were safe with no injuries sustained.
On November 1st, a Delta Air Lines flight bound for Los Angeles International Airport made an emergency diversion to Albuquerque International Sunport following the alarming discovery of smoke in the cockpit and passenger cabin and the disappointing performance of one engine.
Delta Air Lines flight
Fortunately, the aircraft landed uneventfully. The incident happened onboard Delta Air Lines Flight 2864, a routine daily flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, usually operated by the airline’s Boeing 757-200 fleet. Operating the flight was N819DX, an 18-year-old aircraft that had been flying uneventfully before November 1st.
N819DX took off from Atlanta at around 13:59, and everything seemed routine as the aircraft gradually climbed to cruising altitude at 36,000 feet. However, approximately 3 hours later at 16:16, the aircraft started descending and maintaining lower altitudes. Presumably, the time was when N819DX experienced an engine performance issue, and a smoky odor began to fill the cockpit and passenger cabin.
Upon the startling discovery, the flight crew followed standard procedures by announcing an emergency with air traffic control and was given priority handling to divert N819DX safely to Albuquerque. The aircraft landed at around 16:58 and was greeted on the scene by fire and medical personnel.
Fortunately, all 193 passengers and 5 crew members onboard were safe without any injuries sustained. The flight managed to continue later that day and landed in Los Angeles in the evening, albeit on another aircraft, as Delta Air Lines highlighted:
Delta Air Line
Delta Air Line did not provide the cause or specify the engine performance problem. The cause of the smoky odor and if it was related to the engine issue was also not offered by the airline when prompted for a comment, and the cabin crew had informed passengers that it was not a fire that had occurred during the flight.
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Federal Aviation Administration
“Nothing is more important than the safety of our passengers and crew.” And as with every aircraft incident and accident, the Federal Aviation Administration confirms that it will investigate what happened to N819DX. Hopefully, it is a minor one-time issue and not a problem that could be present in every other Boeing 757s.
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