Flying Cheap

Incident - Dec. 11, 2008 - Greer, S.C.

The flight, operated by Delta Air Lines Inc., was scheduled to depart from Herndon, Va. en route to Atlanta,Ga..

Fatalities 0
Serious injuries0
Minor injuries0
Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010

Factual Narrative

On December 11, 2008, about 1712 eastern daylight time, N924DL, a Boeing MD-88, operated by Delta Air Lines as flight 1102, a Title 14 CFR Part 121 scheduled domestic passenger flight, diverted to the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP), Greer, South Carolina after experiencing smoke in the cockpit while en route on a flight from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia, to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport (ATL), Atlanta, Georgia. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed. There were no injuries to the airline transport-rated pilot, co-pilot, three flight attendants, and 148 passengers.

According to the Delta Air Lines Manager of Flight Safety, the flight was about 150 to 175 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, when the flight crew detected smoke in the cockpit. According to the the flight crew, the smoke appeared to be emanating from the area of the co-pilot's glare shield and had an electrical odor. The flight crew donned oxygen masks and goggles, accomplished the "Smoke/Fumes Checklist", declared an emergency, and diverted to GSP where a landing and an emergency evacuation was performed.

Source: National Transportation Safety Board accident database system (ADMS2000), last updated Jan 1, 2010