Plane turns back to BIA after smoke detected

Posted Jan. 20, 2010, at 4:46 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Just after taking off around noon Wednesday from Bangor International Airport, the pilot of a plane heading to Philadelphia reported smoke in the front of the aircraft and turned around, airport Director Rebecca Hupp said.

“They departed from Bangor and then detected smoke in the cockpit,” Hupp said Wednesday afternoon. “By the time they got back to the terminal building, the smoke had dissipated.”

Firefighters from the Maine Air National Guard base fire station and Bangor Fire Department went to the airport, just in case there was an emergency, but could be seen leaving the base shortly after the initial noontime call.

The Air Wisconsin Airlines Flight 3968, which carried 21 passengers, was checked by Air Guard firefighters who found nothing suspicious, and “they departed immediately,” Hupp said, adding, “It was a very quick turnaround.”

The flight, originally scheduled to leave BIA at 11:30 a.m. departed at 2:02 p.m., she said.

The plane landed at Philadelphia International Airport at 3:26 p.m. and was 1 hour 37 minutes late, according to the FlightStats Web site.

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