Mon, Feb 09, 2009
Only Pilot And Copilot Aboard, Both Unhurt
FedEx Flight 2327 enroute from Billings, MT to Springfield, MO
diverted to Denver International Airport Friday night, after the
crew reported smoke in the cockpit.
Online flight tracking reveals the Boeing 727-200 was cruising
at 37,000 feet until almost 8 pm, when it began a quick decent to
an emergency landing at Denver. The pilot and copilot, the plane's
only occupants, landed the plane safely and exited the plane via
its emergency chutes.
The Denver Fire Department, called to the scene on a red alert
for heightened response, was unable to find any sign of smoke or
fire in the airplane. Wanting to search cargo containers, the DFD
requested that the plane be unloaded by FedEx personnel to
Initial reports indicated the cause of the smoke was unknown as
firefighters found no sign of smoke or fire, "but I'm still waiting
to be sure," airport spokesman Chuck Cannon told KMGH-7.
About the same time, investigators from the National
Transportation Safety Board arrived, allowing nothing to be moved
before they could formally begin their own investigation. An NTSB
spokesperson said officials planned to work through the night.
Denver's 9News reports the plane was towed clear of the runway
and to a FedEx cargo area. Runway 35L, temporarily closed by the
incident, was then reopened.
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