SFO>NYC Flight Makes Emergency Layover

This doesn't look like the Big Apple

By Cory Marshall
|  Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010  |  Updated 11:20 AM PDT
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SFO>NYC Flight Makes Emergency Layover

It wasn’t exactly the nonstop flight they signed up for.

American Airlines Flight 24 from SFO to JFK made an emergency landing in Wyoming Monday, after the flight crew smelled a smoky odor in the cockpit.
 
The New York bound flight was diverted to the Casper airport about two hours after take off, around 10;30 a.m.
 
American Airlines spokesperson Tim Smith told a Wyoming newspaper, “When we get something we are not sure of we always play it conservatively.” 
 
The airline says the cause of  the odor, which they described as a "smoky, electrical smell," was a defective computer display screen in the cockpit.
 
Wyoming’s Casper airport does not carry American Airlines, but the Salvation Army was on hand to serve stranded passengers a hot meal.
 
One passenger named Andrea tweeted, “made emergency landing in Casper, wy on aa flight 20. waiting to see if they can fix the smoke in the cockpit- hope so!!”
 
Nearly three hours after the unexpected detour, passengers were able to re-board after mechanics gave the crew the all clear.
 
The plane, which was carrying 192 passengers, resumed its trip to JFK without use of the defective screen.
 
Recently, there has been a rise in diverted flights across the country. The most recent a United flight from San Francisco to Chicago, forced to make an emergency landing in South Dakota because of an engine fire.

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