View Full Version : BA 777 smoke / fumes in cabin - divert to BOS

7th Feb 2006, 05:25
Was a pax on BA184 EWR-LHR this evening which diverted to BOS after approx. 30 min with strong fumes and smoke in the cabin. Landed safely in BOS with an array of fire department vehicles waiting for us. Didn't get any real information on what the cause was; does anyone have any details?

By the way - BA crew were fantastic, did a really good job of reassuring the passengers on board, many of whom were terrified.

7th Feb 2006, 08:18
Some copy on the story from the Associated Press and Reuters news agencies. I merely pass it on.....

BOSTON (AP) - A London-bound British Airways flight made
an emergency landing in Boston after smoke or some other
kind of fumes was reported in the cockpit.
Flight 184 left Monday from Newark, New Jersey, but was
diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport, where it
landed at 8:30 p.m. (0130 GMT), Massachusetts Port
Authority spokesman Phil Orlandella said. There were no
injuries, he said.
British Airways spokesman John Lampl said sensors onboard
detected some type of «fumes,» adding that it was not
clear if it was actually smoke. After the plane landed,
engineers could not immediately determine the type or
source of the fumes, Lampl said.
The Boeing 777 was bound for Heathrow Airport, with 141
passengers aboard, Federal Aviation Administration
spokeswoman Arlene Murray said.
The crew reported seeing the smoke in the cockpit when the
flight was about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Boston,
Murray said.
The cause of the smoke was not immediately known, Murray
and Orlandella said. The FAA will investigate, she said.
The problem appeared to be mechanical - not security
related. Transportation Security Agency spokeswoman Carrie
Harmon said the agency is not investigating.

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A British Airways Plc BAY.L
flight bound for London from the United States was diverted to
Boston early Tuesday (GMT) following reports of smoke in the
cockpit, the airline said.
The plane carrying 130 passengers landed safely at 0130 GMT
and engineers were still investigating, the airline said.
"It looks as though there was an indicator in the cockpit
which said there was smoke but it not clear yet whether there
physically was smoke. The plane was diverted as a precautionary
measure," a BA spokeswoman said.
The Boeing 777 BA.N aircraft had been scheduled to fly
from Newark, New Jersey, to London's Heathrow Airport.

7th Feb 2006, 14:54
Hey IE Flyer, glad to hear you are all alright, the CSD from the flight has posted a message on the BA crew forum but I doubt we will have an outcome until an initial investigation has taken place.
I hope you had a few stiff ones in the hotel in BOS last night!!!

8th Feb 2006, 09:29
Did you actually see the smoke IE ?

8th Feb 2006, 13:04
Phew, that was lucky. Had just operated that very airframe INTO Newark. Sorry it had to happen to you chaps - trust all is well?

9th Feb 2006, 19:26
Did you actually see the smoke IE ?

Yes - could see it near the ceiling of the cabin as some sort of haze, the fumes were also a lot stronger near the top - noticed this even as we were getting off the aircraft in BOS.

12th Feb 2006, 12:12
A busted aircon pack caused the problem, I believe.

Swedish Steve
12th Feb 2006, 19:37
Yes the ACM seized.

14th Feb 2006, 07:19
I suppose the poor cabin crew received counselling ,3 weeks off,megabucks in compensation etc...

14th Feb 2006, 12:37
I suppose the poor cabin crew received counselling ,3 weeks off,megabucks in compensation etc...

I take it you are joking ! The crew would have been offered support from the company, however, that's where it ends...no payments or lenghty periods off work.Why would they receive compensation? They are just doing their job, and from what I have heard a 'job well done!'